Fab expansion to historical sim adds religion to the mix.
Common Sense Media
28 July 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings is an expansion pack to Sid Meier's Civilization V and that a copy of the original game is required in order to play this one. It is a deep, turn-based game of civilization simulation and tactics that, in some ways, also acts as a basic but broad-spanning history lesson concerning the people, events, movements, technologies, and personalities that have shaped our world.
Summary: Somewhere to my North, Gandhi and his Indian civilization has managed to acquire atomic weapons, which should be a worry given his real-world philosophy, while to the East the great Hun empire is getting ready to engulf me with pikemen and early gunpowder units.
Pros: + Religion is fantastic, + New leaders and civs, + More late game options
Cons: - Problems with the A.I., - Espionage lacks punch
Excerpt: What makes Civilization so appealing is the ability to create whatever absolutely-bizarre version of history I want--whether it's the infamous battle of the Roman Phalanx defeating the British tank in Civilization II to having Montezuma drop nukes on France in Civilization IV. For the newest installment/expansion, , my first session had Austria laying siege to New York with musketeers in 1532--after swiping the elusive secret of metallurgy from the Americans.
Conclusion: All of these little changes go a long way to help make the game feel different. It’s still that same great Civ experience, but it adds a lot more and does some smart things to change up the balance. This is a highly polished package that goes a long way to add a lot more lasting strategy concepts to Civ V, making it more of the experience people wish it was- a deep, more rewarding game.
Conclusion: If you have never played a Civilization game before, there is never a better time to start. And for those who have played countless hours of the Civilization series, then you'll definitely enjoy the inclusions that Gods and Kings brings to the latest incarnation. The new game mechanics work well and certainly add a little more to an already full game.
Pros: The new mechanics of religion and espionage work well, and certainly add something to the series.
Cons: AI players are difficult to keep happy and often gang up on an advanced human player.
Excerpt: "An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo Civilization V: Gods & Kings is finally upon us, and as someone who plays Civ5 regularly, I felt its’ impending release last week with the pre-launch update on Steam, which added in Steam Workshop features and broke most of my mods. Great, thanks.
Excerpt: Just as in my original Civilization V review, I'm going to be completely upfront about my unabashed bias regarding the franchise. From the second I heard about the existence of the expansion (and the accompanying patch which brought the much awaited multiplayer animations), I scrounged the Internet and forums for every shred of information I could find.
Summary: In comparison to the previous stream of DLC that has come from Firaxis, the Gods & Kings expansion represents a giant leap forward. While others have just extended what the game was already capable of, the expansion creates whole new strategies and ways to play the game. Firaxis should be commended for the brilliant execution of the major new additions of Religion and Espionage, as well as the other little tweaks. The question remains whether it’s worth the price tag.
Pros: • Religion is great, • Espionage is still great, • New Civilizations are a solid improvement
Cons: • Espionage is not as prominent as I would like, • Price might be a little high for new players
Conclusion: The real question is though – is this expansion worth your money? We’d say yes. A lot of these improvements were needed to make long protracted games more interesting, and there’s less of a sense of leaping through the eras (especially the pre and early industrial eras) without really getting a taste of them.