Summary: In any medium, it’s an almost insurmountable challenge to produce a product that stands the test of time. The majority of bands fade into obscurity, movies are forgotten in the wake of the latest pretty face, and all but the most iconic artists and authors get lost in the shuffle of the staggering volume of options the information age has provided us.
Summary: When Civilization V launched a few years back, a lot of die-hard fans were disappointed with the lack of depth the game had to offer. The graphics were sharp, the interface was clean and intuitive, and the overall gameplay was very nice -- but it was missing some key mechanics introduced with expansions to Civilization IV . Brave New World , the latest expansion for Civ V , brings in a massive amount of depth to the game with simple mechanics used in brilliant ways.
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World (PC) Review
29 July 2013
Summary: Even with the warts with the game,
is a good expansion to the overall Civilization 5 universe. It adds some fun twists to the established formula, the new systems are deep, and the Shoshone are great. If you have any interest in Civilization 5 at all, this is a must buy.
Summary: Parents need to know that Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World is an expansion to Firaxis' popular turn-based strategy game and that it requires the original Sid Meier's Civilization V to work. Like the base game, it includes mild military combat in which tiny soldiers can be seen fighting from a bird's-eye view. There is no blood or gore. Plus, battles can be almost completely avoided.
Excerpt: Few developers can beat Firaxis in terms of post-release support. Last year saw the release of Gods & Kings , Civilization V’s first major expansion, and this year the game’s second and final expansion, Brave New World has been released. Like Gods & Kings , this is no quick cash-in: it really does revamp even the core gameplay, as well as adding in nine new civilizations spanning the globe, from the Shoshone of North America to the Indonesian empire in the Far East.
Excerpt: Civilization wears a special mantle within the realm of strategy games. As one of the first games in the genre and a progenitor of the 4X style, it not only spawned one of the most popular strategy franchises but also one of the most influential. Sid Meier's Civilization V took many core elements of gameplay back to their roots, retooling and refining them in an attempt to modernize the aging mechanics.
Pros: Gameplay updates help balance different play styles, New mechanics build upon previous games and expansions, Scenarios are great twists to the standard, open-ended play, Brilliantly irresistable gameplay, New AI tweaks take advantage of refined victory conditions
Cons: Not all content from previous expansion is included
Conclusion: Concept: Flesh out the peaceful side of the human-history strategy epic with new diplomatic options and a revamped culture war
Graphics: Civilization V’s presentation still stands head, shoulders, midsection, and legs above similar strategy games
Sound: The score, while well-chosen, is not extensive enough to remain entertaining over the lengthy playtime Brave New World deserves
Playability: The interface remains a genre-leading model of usefulness, though a few...