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Sid Meier's Civilization VI

The RPS Verdict: Civilization 6

Declaring war against Diplomacy

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1 week 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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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

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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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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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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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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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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Civilization VI: Gathering Storm marches into stores today

Conquer ‘em up turn-based strategy game Civilization VI adds a flood of new content today with the Gathering Storm expansion – including literal floods. Climate change is here, it's bringing natural disasters, and it’s probably your fault for getting too greedy with the factories while trying to outpace Pericles.Luckily, new diplomatic solutions are also arriving, so everyone will agree to work together and save the…

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Wrestle with climate change in Civilization VI’s next expansion, Gathering Storm

It's easy to forget that human civilisation has only been around for a tiny fraction of Earth's history, and that mother nature is a stone cold killer. Our planet and how we affect it is the focus of Gathering Storm, the second major expansion for Sid Meier's Civilization 6. There are natural disasters capable of levelling entire kingdoms, and the constant, looming threat of man-made…

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Civilization VI removes Red Shell ad-tracking software

A patch for Civilization VI last night removed Red Shell, a controversial piece of software that track ads for the game which players might have viewed. Considering that a common event in any game of Civ is once-friendly faces turning sour after they discover you've been spying on them, you'd think publishers 2K might have just... not. But they did. Red Shell has risen to…

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Civilization 6 launches spring update today

A good spring clean is cathartic after the long and dark winter, and Firaxis will surely feel better after releasing the Spring 2018 Update for Civilization VI later today. Along with improving joint wars, tweaking balance, fixing bug, and making the AI slightly less of a big silly, it adds some new Historic Moments for a fresh breath of springtime air in the Rise And…

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3 years ago

Civilization VI: Rise & Fall expansion released

The beating of a million drums The fire of a million guns The mother of a million sons Sid Meier's Civilization®The looping march through history continues today with the launch of Civilization VI: Rise And Fall, the first full expansion for 2016's turn-based 4X strategy sequel. Rise And Fall rolls with the ebb and flow of history, with different Great Ages bringing new challenges and…

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Civ VI: Rise and Fall’s new features explained

I get knocked down, but I get up again, you're never gonna keep me down. That's what I'll be singing when I play Civilization VI's upcoming Rise and Fall expansion. There are loads of new features but the unifying theme is, as the title suggests, success, failure and recovery. That means dark ages that come with hardships but also bring about the possibility of a…

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2017 Steam Award winners include PUBG, Cuphead & Witcher

We've already seen which games sold best on Steam last year, but a perhaps more meaningful insight into movin' and a-shakin' in PC-land is the games that people feel warmest and snuggliest about. To that end, Valve have announced the winners of the 2017 Steam Awards, a fully community-voted affair which names the most-loved games across categories including best post-launch support, most player agency, exceeding…

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