Wednesday, 04 April 2018 07:57

REVIEW: Civilization IV: Rise and Fall Expansion (PC)

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Civ VI is certainly one of those games that just ooze greatness. Yes, it does have some shortcomings, but overall it is a fantastic game. Now we have a shiny new expansion pack to add to this already great game, but does it make it better? Well, the short answer is yes. The long answer is below...

The Rise and Fall adds a number of new gameplay components that are set to change your overall experience with Civ VI. While playing the expansion, it still feels like you are just playing the base game itself. In a way this is a good thing, but you can still become overwhelmed at the newly added bits and the impact they can have on the game in the earliest of stages. There are a few big additions that stand out the most though...

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With Rise and Fall comes the introduction of different ages. With these ages comes Era points. You can earn Era points as you attain certain achievements in each era. Era Points are added to your Era Score which is an indication of how well you're doing in your current era. Era points are needed to avoid the dreaded Dark Age, and if you earn enough, you can make it to the Golden Age. In between these ages is the Normal Age.

The age you are in at the end of an era can make a big difference to the next era. If you happen to attain Golden Age in one era, your people will flourish in the next. Aaaaand should you be in the Dark Age at the end of an era, well, you can probably imagine they won’t flourish so much in the next.

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Surprisingly, one of the more enjoyable additions of Rise & Fall is the Timeline. The timeline is your memory of all your achievements. These are the achievements that earn you Era points. It is nice to be able to see all of your moments in time that got to where you are.

Playing through Rise and Fall, you will also need to attain and keep the loyalty of your kingdoms. Initially, this addition might not seem like much or explain itself too well, but you do get the hang of it as you play on. There are many ways to keep the loyalty of your citizens, and there are just as many to lose that loyalty and begin a rebellion. Tread carefully, if you cannot stop the rebellion, your city will then become a free city and is likely to join another civilisation.

The upside of rebellions is that an opponent’s city may very well join yours too, So treat your people well.

Governors are a great way to help keep your city under control. There are a number of different governors to choose from with their own strengths and weaknesses, and will serve you well once you get to know what they can and can’t do.

There are also 9 new leaders to choose from in this expansion, all with their own personalities and some with enhanced AI.

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Visually, Rise and Fall is a cinematic masterpiece. Everything has been taken up a notch in terms of design. It almost feels like the game has come alive on-screen with its unique art style. What’s even better is that performance does not seem to have taken a hit either.

Overall, Civilization IV: Rise and Fall is what an expansion pack should be. It takes what is great about the original game and steps it up 100 points. There is more than enough in this expansion to make it more than worth the purchase.


Additional Info

  • Review Score: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Platform: PC
  • Developer: Firaxis Games
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Genre: RTS, Turn-Based