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Civilization VI: Rise and Fall shows off overview of new features

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The upcoming expansion for Civilization VI [Official Site] will be introducing quite a few interesting changes to the game. You can see how exactly you’ll be spending just one more turn in this overview video.

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Rise and Fall seeks to change up the classic civ formula by mostly adding what are, essentially, internal government mechanics. Players will have to manage their empires more carefully, as cities can now break off from your nation if their loyalty drops low enough. Likewise, able stewardship will be needed to avoid dark ages whenever you finish up a previous game era. There’s a host of challenges to conquer and potential boons you can get from navigating the new systems well.

I hope these systems lead to interesting, meaningful choices, as previous attempts to model internal difficulties in Civilization titles were rather simplistic. Vassals and colonies in Civ 4 were outright boring and the independence revolts of earlier titles (in particular corruption in Civ 3) didn't feel very engaging. They were more like abitrary ways to halt expansion and punish the player for playing wide empires. It’s my hope that the new governors system will allow for specialization and growth without being a micromanagement nightmare. Given the updates and changes since Civ 6’s release, I think there’s a good chance that Firaxis will get it right.

There are also a few other changes coming in the expansion. Aside from the internal mechanics and era goals, the emergencies and alliances mechanics may do wonders in giving diplomacy actual relevance. It was one of the weakest areas of the original game and the AI is generally rubbish at reacting to events beyond spamming denunciations. I hope that alongside these changes we'll also get reworks of other AI systems since, after playing a while, it can be frustrating to see the AI be so incompetent when expanding or declaring war.

Finally, there will be a few of the usual stuff found in expansions as well: new civs, new wonders, improvements, buildings and units. Georgia and Cree make their series debut as a playable civs but others like Mongolia and Korea will be returning also.

All in all, there’ll be more of everything for people to enjoy and play around with.

Civilization VI: Rise and Fall is set to be released February 8th, but there’s still no word whether or not it’ll be a simultaneous release on Linux. We’ll let you know as soon as we know, hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.

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ElectricPrism 16 January 2018 at 11:58 pm UTC
I had once read something that I will summarize here about Civ games.

The base game is a unbalanced mess which the DLC fixes. The funny thing is after it gets 12 DLC or so it's rock solid like it should have been to begin with -- I heard Civ V is that way.

I recently purchased Civ 6 and the 2 DLC to give it a go -- I am wondering if Civ 6 will follow in the footsteps of Civ 5.
Mountain Man 17 January 2018 at 1:22 am UTC
I keep hoping Aspyr is able to improve Linux performance. The game is great fun, but graphic performance is dreadful.
dorron 17 January 2018 at 5:56 am UTC
I can only play with low-res ground...and can't change it from the settings panel. Don't know why. Anyway, the game is as good as it's ever been.
urlauber 17 January 2018 at 6:29 am UTC
ElectricPrismI had once read something that I will summarize here about Civ games.

The base game is a unbalanced mess which the DLC fixes. The funny thing is after it gets 12 DLC or so it's rock solid like it should have been to begin with -- I heard Civ V is that way.

I recently purchased Civ 6 and the 2 DLC to give it a go -- I am wondering if Civ 6 will follow in the footsteps of Civ 5.

Every Civ title since Civ 2 gets better and better after release. If "rock solid" is your thing, why don't you play Civ V then? Civ VI has it's flaws especially in the AI department, other than that I'm really enjoying it (last Sunday I just wanted to have a quick go... and then the sun set already). Looking forward to RaF!
ElectricPrism 17 January 2018 at 7:55 am UTC
urlauber
ElectricPrismI had once read something that I will summarize here about Civ games.

The base game is a unbalanced mess which the DLC fixes. The funny thing is after it gets 12 DLC or so it's rock solid like it should have been to begin with -- I heard Civ V is that way.

I recently purchased Civ 6 and the 2 DLC to give it a go -- I am wondering if Civ 6 will follow in the footsteps of Civ 5.

Every Civ title since Civ 2 gets better and better after release. If "rock solid" is your thing, why don't you play Civ V then? Civ VI has it's flaws especially in the AI department, other than that I'm really enjoying it (last Sunday I just wanted to have a quick go... and then the sun set already). Looking forward to RaF!

Agreed, except I'd rather play both 5 and 6. I keep buying new things because I want to get a excellent core gaming library and then I plan to expand later by buying the big blockbuster AAA titles and so on as I prefer.

Turning the Gaming PC into an appliance is a wonderful thing.
Hori 17 January 2018 at 8:18 am UTC
ElectricPrismI had once read something that I will summarize here about Civ games.

The base game is a unbalanced mess which the DLC fixes. The funny thing is after it gets 12 DLC or so it's rock solid like it should have been to begin with -- I heard Civ V is that way.

I recently purchased Civ 6 and the 2 DLC to give it a go -- I am wondering if Civ 6 will follow in the footsteps of Civ 5.
I remember people hating on Civ5 in the early days and claiming Civ4 to be the best thing ever done by mankind (it was really good, but still they exagerated) and how this trend came to an end with each released DLC until eventually Civ5 was considered one of the best strategy games.

I personally liked it from start to end, since that was the first game in the series that I played so I couldn't really compare it with something else. But still, I wouldn't play the base game ever again without the DLCs.

My final verdict: Their business model sucks and is cancerous. Just because they produce great games, they shouldn't be forgiven for this, just like we shouldn't forgive Paradox either, or Bethesda (for those who also play Windows games).
Exidan 17 January 2018 at 10:15 am UTC
QuoteMy final verdict: Their business model sucks and is cancerous. Just because they produce great games, they shouldn't be forgiven for this, just like we shouldn't forgive Paradox either, or Bethesda (for those who also play Windows games).
I'm torn apart by this. I love their games so much, but I hate with all my hearth this dlc bulls*** they keep pulling.
BlackBloodRum 17 January 2018 at 5:58 pm UTC
I like Civ games but I'm holding off on this one until the DLC thing is over and they release a "complete" edition like they did for V.

Currently, if you want the base game + all DLC it'll set you back 109 GBP in the UK (Converts to 150.69 USD).

Which in my opinion is way too much for a single game purchase. So yup, I'll wait for the complete edition. Plus it gives feral a chance to port all the DLCs :-).
Rooster 12 February 2018 at 12:03 pm UTC
Guys, why don't you just get it on sale?

I played Civ V with all the DLCs, I brought Civ 6 on sale and I have to say, I like it more. Sure, many things which annoyed me in Civ V are still present, but they did improve on some of them. For example, trading with AI, while one can hardly say it's good now, it is noticeably improved.
slaapliedje 16 March 2018 at 5:16 am UTC
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The weird thing about the civilization games (I've played them since the very first one) is that all of the modern ones (by that I mean Civilization 3+) have just had chunks of things that were missing from Civ 1 and 2. Hell, I played through maybe a single game of Civ3, and it just didn't feel as good as Civ 2 did (still my favorite). While I bought Civ4, and actually have a physical copy of 2-4 in this grand set; https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Sid-Meiers-Civilization-Chronicles-FACTORY-SEALED-PC-RARE-collection-2-3-4/152552062218?epid=56278246&hash=item2384cfbd0a:g:-qwAAOSwi7RZHKWb Ha, I can't believe how ridiculous of a price that is... I don't think I ever played it.. like at all.

Sadly these days I don't have time to spend 24 hours straight playing Civilization, like I used to, so I've still only finished a full game through 5 once, and I think I've tried a few times to start one in 6...

You'd think by number 6 they would have stopped excluding things on purpose. Hell at this point what new do they bring to it besides an updated graphical engine?
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