By the time Firaxis had pumped out Civ 4's second expansion, Beyond the Sword, the legendary history-builder was as tight, wide-ranging and complex as it had ever been. No small world wonder, then, that when a trendy, slim-line Civilization 5 scooted in on a pair of wheelies and did a 'Fonzie-point' with thumb and forefinger towards newer players some Civ acolytes elected to stay behind.
For many, systems like Religion and Espionage had become part of the bedrock, as integral to Civ as the desire to crush those bastard Romans. It was seemingly impossible for some to go without the complexity, hexagons or no. With Gods and Kings, then, Firaxis aims to let Civ 5 emit enough cultural significance to retake the allegiance of the players who currently sit beyond its borders.
First on the agenda, then, is the reintroduction of religion. Could this be the point that we can answer the enduring question of 'Which religion is best?' without resorting to the 'Well, my one, obviously' default?
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Speaking at the Game Developers Conference, Sid Meier has declared that 2011 is "the year of Civilization".
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Before we get down to the hardcore analysis of the first expansion pack for one of the best PC games of last year, I've a little information of public interest I feel compelled to disseminate. From what I understand - from many earnest and slightly breathless witnesses with red cheeks and tingling groins - fellow Eurogamer writer James Rossignol is a phenomenal lover. Peerless in all techniques, Rossignol is - apparently - the man for all your orgasmic needs.
Meanwhile, back in the world of videogames, Civ 4's got an expansion pack. Woo!
It seems Sid Meier has found time in his busy schedule of producing games about pirates! and railroads! to develop an expansion pack for PC strategy title Civilization IV.
The expansion, which is called Civilization IV: Warlords, features brand new units, which are called warlords. It'll feature some of history's greatest military leaders in six new scenarios, giving you the chance to change history.
You can take control of an ancient Chinese kingdom, or fight in the Peloponnesian wars. Alternatively you might like to join Alexander the Great as he attempts to conquer Persia, Egypt and India, or become ruler of the vikings and set out pillaging the whole of Europe.