Civilization 5: Gods & Kings

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25 years of Civilization: We talk with Sid Meier

"It's outgrown me. It's outgrown any one person."

Looking back across the Civilization series, things have changed dramatically in the 25 years since the first game hit shelves and set the benchmark for what it means to be a 'strategy game'. In that time we've seen Civ titles jump from 2D to 3D, introduce mods, online multiplayer and perhaps most importantly of all, hexagonal tiles. However, one thing has always remained a constant. One person has been there throughout this entire journey.

VideoWatch: Seven games made better by DLC

It's this week's Eurogamer Show.

It's been a good week for people who enjoy half-cloaks and complicated bits of machinery, all things told. Star Wars Battlefront's new DLC let's you play as cape-sporting cloud man Lando Calrissian, whereas Fallout 4's Contraptions workshop DLC lets you tinker with all sorts of, well, contraptions.

Civ 5 free with purchase of Gods and Kings expansion on Onlive

Civilization 5 is free for a limited time for those who purchase its Gods and Kings expansion on Onlive before Tuesday next week.

Purchase the add-on and you'll be given a PlayPass for unlimited access to the parent game. Ordinarily Civilization 5 and its expansion are $29.99 each, effectively making the bundle half off.

Onlive confirmed to us that the deal extends to the UK, where both Civilization 5 and the Gods and Kings expansion will be available 22nd June at 12:01 am BST.

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Civilization 5: Gods & Kings Review

Good news, everyone! Civilization 5: Gods & Kings isn't that good.

Like a despicable ex-girlfriend, Civ 5 has actually aged very well. Its pan-historical plotting is as addictive as ever, meaning the entire game remains a meticulously wrought black hole that devours time itself. Suddenly, providing York with citrus becomes more important than peeing. A fantastic expansion could have brought about the end of civilisation as we know it, which would have been ironic, as well as a pain. You'd need to own a generator to play Civ 5, for a start.

But yes, Gods & Kings isn't that good.

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Civilization 5: Gods & Kings release date announced

Civilization 5: Gods & Kings launches on 19th June, 2K Games has announced.

That's when the Civ 5 expansion pack goes live in the US. In Europe, it launches on Friday, 22nd June.

Gods & Kings includes nine new civilizations, nine new wonders, three original scenarios, 27 new units, 13 new buildings, and new technologies and resources. The new civilizations include Carthage, the Netherlands, the Celts and the Mayans, each with unique traits, units and buildings. Gods & Kings also adds nine new leaders, including William I, Prince of Orange, Boudicca and Pacal the Great.

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Civilization 5: Gods and Kings Preview: Restoring the Faith

Civilization 5: Gods and Kings Preview: Restoring the Faith

Firaxis' expansion reintroduces some of the series' complexity.

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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Civilization 5: Gods & Kings expansion announced

2K Games has announced Civilization 5: Gods & Kings, an expansion out this spring.

It includes nine new civilizations, nine new wonders, three original scenarios, 27 new units, 13 new buildings, and new technologies and resources.

The new civilizations include Carthage, the Netherlands, the Celts and the Mayans, each with unique traits, units and buildings. Gods & Kings also adds nine new leaders, including William I, Prince of Orange, Boudicca and Pacal the Great.

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