I hate to say this about a Civilization game, but I can’t recommend this one at all. I strongly recommend either Civ V Game of the Year Edition, or even one of the earlier versions. I’ve started multiple games, and I’ve quite frankly gotten bored. There is no ‘Just one more turn!’ feeling here.
– Some fantastic new music.
– An attempt at refreshing the whole series, not just copy-pasting a previous game with better graphics.
– Civilizations are more unique and focused.
– Everything is a bit more complex, a bit slower, and a bit more tedious than in previous games, but for no benefit to the gameplay. Want to build an upgraded spearman? OK, research this technology, then this civic, then build this military district on a different tile than your home city, then build a barracks, then build the spearman. It gets worse.
– The maps are muddled, clogged up messes after two-three hours.
– Movement and combat is painfully slow. City-states now have tons of units moving around, as well. And changing it to instant reduces your chance of seeing what is going on.
– Religion is now a new type of war, basically. Churn out attack priests and defensive nuns and then preach each other to oblivion. And if you get converted? Game over. Because countries with the same religion have never fought each other before………
– Many, many changes only for the sake of being different.
– Childish graphics, repetitive (but good) soundtrack, silly animations
– It’s just not fun.
– The cartoony ‘strategic’ view.
– The quotes are TERRIBLE, and not inspirational in the least. They literally took an intern and just Googled quotes. Many are from completely unknown bloggers, or lame attempts at humor, or worse. I’m not sure what they were thinking… For example:
”Tsingy is a 250-square-mile tiger trap made up on massive obelisks riddled with jagged spears. And yes, they will cut your pretty face.’ – Budd Erickson’
I am not one to usually write reviews but I have put many hours into Civ V and Civ VI (Played a few of the others but it’s been awhile). A lot of people ask which one is better, so i’m going to briefly explain what i like about each one and both and then review VI. I like both of the games for different reasons. Civ V has more of the ‘Classic’ civ feel, and it doesn’t require you to build a big empire to have success. There are a lot of different playstyles that work well and some parts are a lot more simplified. Civ VI games seem to drag on a lot, especially in the late game, compared to past titles. I feel like VI is more tough for newer players because of the new district formats (which i actually do like the concept of, but with the new policy cards and buildings sometimes it becomes a cluttered mess). You’re also heavily rewarded and/or punished for building or not building a good sized civilization. I can only imagine the nightmare it would be for a new player trying to manage and organize an empire. I mean yeah new players could play at lower difficulty but I just really don’t like the idea of forcing into a certain same playstyle every game just to have a decent shot at victory, regardless of difficulty or Victory type. The AI is a little better, but still lacks in a lot of areas. Sometimes AI civilizations are super repetitive and always try the same tactics, regardless of their leader. I do have a lot of fun playing the game, but i definitely wouldn’t recommend the base game without the DLC which sucks. Sometimes the base game feels incomplete, and it felt like the first 2 DLC was catching up on some game balance things(I still prefer to use mods while playing as well, as i don’t feel like all things are balanced), as well as being a little overpriced for all that you get in my opinion, especially compared to the likes of Brave New World from Civ V. I’m hopeful about New Frontier though! So far it’s cool seeing the new resources on the map, can’t wait to see what is next.