The first expansion for Sid Meier's Civilization V is out today and promises to mix the gameplay experience up with a number of tweaks and much requested features.
The biggest of the new additions in the Gods and Kings expansion is the re-introduction of religion and espionage, which were present in the previous entries in the series but absent from the original release of Civ V.
Reviews for the game have started to appear online and, as always, we've corralled them up and stuck them into a list. Take a look below and see how what critics think of it.
- Polygon: 9/10 - Players coming in cold may still get bogged down in Civilization V's unique (and minor) missteps, but Gods & Kings represents so much of an enhancement over the core game, Firaxis could have added a new graphics engine and shipped it as Civilization VI. With a load of new civs, units, wonders, resources, mechanics and scenarios (I heartily recommend "Into the Renaissance") Civilization V: Gods & Kings is all that and a bag of deities.
- VideoGamer: 8/10 - Civilization V: Gods & Kings doesn't tear down and rebuild Civilization V, but instead acts as a gentle overhaul that rounds out and deepens many of the game's core systems. Gods & Kings won't be enough to silence the non-believers, but this expansion will certainly rekindle the attention of those faithful to Civilization V's streamlined focus.
- GamesRadar: 8/10 - The rippling effects of the Espionage system, Religion's modifications to the early and mid-game, and the abundance of changes and other bits of new content more than justify the price of the expansion. While it might feel a little lackluster in the short term, the amount of variation it will add to the hundreds of more hours we plan on putting into Civilization V will undoubtedly prove worthwhile.
- Eurogamer: 7/10 - On the other hand, once you know the reworked espionage, diplomacy and AI all disappoint, Gods & Kings' feature list starts to look a lot thinner. In a series that's always had a certain pride to it, what you're paying for here, really, is a renewed addiction and precious little else. That's a bit of a shame for Civilization and civilisation alike.
- NowGamer: 8.0 - If you're a diehard Civilization player you'll most definitely appreciate the new additions, while the tweaks through new and existing units means regular Civ 5 players will have a few new strategies to look into. But the inclusions just aren't severe enough to make Civilization 5: Gods And Kings a worthwhile purchase for every range of Civ player. These new features fit so smoothly into Civilization 5 it's almost the game Civ 5 always should have been, but at £20 is it too much to want things mixed up a bit?
- Mashable: No score - Gods & Kings feels like the puzzle piece missing from the original release of Civ V. Die-hard fans will get a lot out of it. If you're a Civ fan who lost interest in V, this expansion will rekindle your faith. If you never liked Civ V to begin with, the added features here probably won't address your core complaints.