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Sid Meier's Civilization VI

The RPS Verdict: Civilization 6

Declaring war against Diplomacy

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5 days ago

Civilization VI has gone all Sid Meier’s Pirates with a swashbuckling new mode

Frankly, it's about time someone took the expansionist nations of Sid Meier's Civilization VI down a peg. This month's free update for the hegaxonal society generator adds the Pirates multiplayer scenario, daring you to wear in those sea legs by becoming the most feared fleet commander on the high seas. Plunder trade routes, inspire fear, flee the forces of burgeoning imperial powers... hang on, Sid,…

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6 days ago

Catch the Steam Digital Tabletop Fest from now until Monday

Gather 'round and take a seat, Steam have now kicked off their first Digital Tabletop Fest, an event of panels, announcements, and demos for games that "run across the lines between digital and physical games". From now until next Monday you can catch panels from the likes of developers adapting tabletop RPGs, building digital deck-builders, and other such table to screen fare.

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1 month ago

Feature: Just one more early-game

Have you played… Sid Meier’s Civilization VI?

"Just one more turn." For all that the phrase is most commonly attributed to the Civilization franchise, I've never really experienced that feeling with the games. Whenever I've wanted to pack the game in and continue another day, I'm able to do so. If the phrase were instead "Just one more game," then that would much more accurately capture the influence Civilization VI in particular…

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Civilization’s Sid Meier talked to RPS all about his brilliant career at PAX X EGX

Sid Meier, that legendary game dev whose name sits before the names of Civilization games, had a lovely chat with our very own Nate Crowley this weekend, as part of PAX Online X EGX Digital. The pair talked all about some of the most notable parts of Meier's career - including, Railroad Tycoon, Pirates!, and Civilization - as well as chat about his upcoming book,…

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2 months ago

Civilization 6’s next update lets you hide and randomise tech trees

When one turn blends into the next and you've become a strategy zombie—no not the Red Death zombie mode—it's time to shake up your game. Firaxis Games are bringing another free update to Civilization VI that will help you put some surprise back in your 4x. A new Tech and Civics Shuffle Mode and other changes are coming at the end of August.

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3 months ago

Feature: Mod the planet

The best Sid Meier’s Civilization VI mods

The Civilisation series is a fascinating thing. Each new update takes the place of the older game on Steam’s top 100 most played games list and just sits there as other games come and go. I’ve never known a series to be quite so consistent like that. Like Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Sid Meier's Civilization VI is there right now. It’s always been there.…

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4 months ago

Civilization VI battle royale Red Death adds aliens, zombies and Sean Bean next week

I wouldn't say I'm an expert on history, but surely Civilization VI is taking the mick here, no? As the first "community update" to run alongside Civ's new "New Frontier" pass, Firaxis are rolling battle royale spin-off mode Red Death into Season 2 with sneaky aliens and shambling zombies in a free patch next week - now narrated by the gravelly Yorkshire tones of Sean…

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5 months ago

Civilization VI is free on the Epic Games Store right now

The latest giveaway on the Epic Games Store is a doozy: Civilization VI, for free, for keepsies. I'm pretty sure some countries consider handing out free Civ to be an act of economic terrorism, for encouraging innumerable late nights and sick days in people who couldn't resist the siren call of just one more turn. The turn-based strategy game may be almost four years old…

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Civilization VI starts its DLC season pass today with new civs and the Apocalypse

Firaxis today kicked off a year of new DLC for Civilization VI, with the first of six packs coming as part of their New Frontier Pass. Seems a smattering new civs and modes will be the focus for the next while, rather than a big ol' expansion. The first of these adds two new civs, Maya and Gran Colombia, along with a few bits and…

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6 months ago

Civilization 6’s New Frontier Pass will include six DLCs starting this month

Rome wasn't built in a day, nor was Civilization 6, I suppose. The strategic colonize 'em up is going to spend a year rolling out new paid (and some free) updates. Firaxis Games say "we want to bring you more content—more Civilization—but in a way that keeps the game fun." Apparently that's coming in the form of the New Frontier Pass, which will get you…

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Feature: Victorious pacifism

How video games consistently fail Gandhi

Gandhi is one of the most unique figure in history. His adherence to non-violence, his establishment of a full-fledged philosophy behind it and, above all, his success, are practically without precedent. Kings, empires and leaders can often blur into each other. The locations change, the dates are different and the numbers differ, but the essence remains the same. Gandhi was something completely different, and yet…

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8 months ago

2K Games pull Borderlands, Bioshock and more from Nvidia GeForce Now

GeForce Now's streaming catalogue is once again downsizing. Following Activision Blizzard and Bethesda Softworks' lead, 2K Games has requested that their games be removed from Nvidia's fancy new cloud gaming platform. Bye-bye, Bioshock and Borderlands. Seeya later, Sid Meier's Civilisation. It's the third time in less than a month a major publisher has pulled out of the service, leaving Nvidia's streaming offerings thinner by the…

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9 months ago

Feature: Divide and conquer

The best strategy games on PC

For a time it looked as though strategy games had sunk into a kind of deathly malaise, but fast forward to 2020 and the genre has never looked healthier, which is why we've compiled this list of all the very best strategy games on PC. Whether you want to conquer the depths of space, wage historical warfare or hulk around in big mechanical robots, there's…

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10 months ago

Feature: The best games in the whole wide world

The 32 best PC games that demand to be played in ultrawide

There's an old saying in gaming monitor circles that once you've gone ultrawide, there's no going back. Indeed, having had the vast Samsung CRG9 hogging my desk for a bit last month, I'm inclined to agree. But what do games actually look like on a screen this wide? It's one thing looking at lovely wallpapers, but another thing entirely to have a game occupy your…

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1 year ago

Endless Space devs announce Humankind, a historical 4X

Following the sci-fi 4X strategy of Endless Space and fantasy 4X of Endless Legend, the next strategy game from Amplitude Studios has an even stranger setting: human history. They've just announced Humankind, a 4X strategy game which I will crudely describe as "sounding like Amplitude's take on Civilization." By which I mean it's a turn-based 4X strategy game where galleons can be sailing around at…

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Feature: Is it getting hot in here?

How ‘climate crisis games’ could better model our problems and our future

In Vectorpark’s Sandcastles, you build fantastic towers and watch the waves erase your work every 10 seconds. It’s a very direct metaphor for the global climate crisis that threatens to flood coastal cities and exacerbate natural disasters. Sandcastles confronts us with our totally predictable watery doom, but we also find fun and expression in our totally foreseeable destruction. When the planet dies, at least we’ll…

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2 years ago

Civilization 6 artist mods it to look more like Civ 5

Ah, 2010! Lady Gaga and Beyoncé were tearing up the dancefloor with Telephone, Inception was fuelling one million drunk 'philosophical' conversations, Jackass had gone 3D, and Civilization V had yet to reach that point in every Civ game's lifespan where it's declared superior to its successor. If you wish to party like it's 2010, you might enjoy a new Civilization VI mod made by actual…

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Civilization VI: Gathering Storm makes climate change slower but meaner today

It's a little harder to kill the planet in Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm today, but it'll kill you back twice as hard after today's major update. In today's Antarctic Late Summer update, Firaxis have heavily revised how fast climate change sets in, but greatly increased the damage it can do to the planet if you let it escalate too far. For those who…

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Civilization VI explains what it’s tracking about you and why

2K Games have taken the curious and welcome step of explaining what data Civilization VI collects about you, your computer, and your play - and why. It's fairly common for games from big publishers to report back, but rare for publishers to say what it's doing and why. The license we have to agree to ostensibly gives them permission, after all. Most evidently don't think…

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Feature: While John's away, an Alice will play

Steam Charts: Devil May Die Twice

Oh hello! John is away in San Francisco gobbling up gum left on the underside of chairs at the Game Developers Conference, so I'm filling in for our regular rundown of last week's top-selling games on Steam. As is customary for weeks where I need to take over, the charts are full of the surprises he grumbles they never have. What can I say, John…

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