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Medieval 20th June 2012 03:41 PM

Civilization V - Gods and Kings
The first expansion for Civ V - Gods and Kings - is being released on Steam tomorrow in the US (well the 20th), and will be available to us in the antipodes on the 22nd (so the 23rd).

The expansion ads in a couple of of things that have been missing from this version of Civ, mainly religion and espionage. It also adds in some new playable civs and includes some back-end enhancements that apparently allow you to play a full game beyond the Renaissance without your system attempting to replicate a x386. There is also an alterative history mode called Empire of the Smokey Skies that is very steampunkish.

No idea on the cost but I understand it will be around $35.

There are a couple of good reviews up already so you can read them at your leisure:

Wot I Think: Civ V ? Gods And Kings | Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Civilization V: Gods & Kings hands-on preview MyGaming News and Reviews

RnR 21st June 2012 11:04 AM

Still cheaper to get Civ IV and the Beyond the Sword expansion and get a better game :P

Medieval 21st June 2012 10:18 PM


Originally Posted by RnR (Post 3562897)
Still cheaper to get Civ IV and the Beyond the Sword expansion and get a better game :P

I find it hard to go back to IV tbh, was never a fan of stacking and squares over hexes.

RnR 21st June 2012 11:41 PM

I do like the hexes, but Civ V just doesn't draw me in like Civ IV. And Civ V effectly swaps the Stack of Doom out with the Carpet of Doom.

Good summary here - What Went Wrong?

Drac 22nd June 2012 02:53 AM

I thought most civ games after the original were pretty much the same thing with a few slight changes here and there. At least that's how things felt form I to IV. Haven't bothered with 5 for that reason, it looked different, but I'm guessing the underlying city/research/development mechanics are pretty much the same no?

If that's the case, I'm happy playing the original.

RnR 22nd June 2012 11:28 AM

You are correct Drac, the Civ series are broadly the same. However thats the same as saying that Quake 1 is broadly the same as the DayZ mod :)

Civ IV has alot more depth and an interesting maintenance model for constraining the growth of your empire. Civ IV with the Beyond The Sword expansion is a really sweet package. If they had taken this package, added swish new graphics, hexes, and called it Civ V, Civ fans would have died and gone to heaven :D

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