Sid Meier's Civilization VI

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Sid Meier's Civilization VI is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 82 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

89

Top Critic Average

92%

Critics Recommend

Based on 82 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 24, 2016
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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Oct 25, 2016

Civ 6 harnesses the series' great strengths and adds wonderful new features of its own in an accessible and compelling entry.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 25, 2016

With Civ 6, I really do feel like I’m playing Civ right out of the gates – it’s remarkable how much it reminds me of the first ever game in the series. There’s a certain balance and pull of development vs competition that’s really present and correct, and now it’s accompanied by this delightful, colourful, busy appearance it feels surprisingly fresh, once one can get past its failure to explain stuff like Amenities.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 26, 2016

What we’ve got here is a strategy game that, while preserving most of the series’ longtime fundamentals, has also found new and surprising ways—through an investment in player choice and more hands-on time with your people—to keep things interesting.

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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 2, 2016

There is little doubt that Civilization VI comes closer than any of its predecessors to that famous Sid Meier quote, one intended as a definition of games in general but is arguably better understood as a rumination on their ideal form: It is a series of truly interesting decisions.

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Scored Reviews

Twinfinite
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Oct 25, 2016

The features we touched on above are just some of the game-changing and quality of life improvements that Civilization VI has brought to the table. We could go on and on with praise, but really all you need to know is this: Civilization VI is still the supreme deity of historical turn-based strategy games.

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GameZone
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2016

Civilization VI is the best strategy game available on the market and a must-buy for everyone who enjoys a good strategy game. It improves and revitalizes the franchise on so many levels. This might be one of the strongest Game of the Year contenders

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Telegraph
Oct 21, 2016

A high point for the iconic strategy series

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Rocket Chainsaw
Nov 20, 2016

The me from 1992 would have been blown away by Civilization VI. The amazing graphics and sound, and how cool the cities and farms and units all looked would have been jaw-dropping.

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TheSixthAxis
10 / 10
10 / 10
Oct 21, 2016

Civilization VI is my new favourite addiction that I honestly can’t really fault. Each of the gameplay changes provides a fresh challenge, but they were well worth undertaking once they clicked. It’s packed full of the stuff that made the previous games great, but also has a crisp style that makes things clear enough when the game gets extremely busy. As such, the vanilla version of Civilization VI is so good, expansions aren’t really necessary to improve upon it. Having said that, I’m excited for what’s next.

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Daily Star
Nov 22, 2018

Shrinking such a dense game onto a smaller system and making it work with game-pad controls is no mean feat, and Aspyr’s port of Civilization VI feels like a perfect introduction to the series while also offering a new way to play for experienced fans.

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Areajugones
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2016

Civilization VI has reached the perfection inside the turn based strategy genre. Complex, addictive and with a very strong personality, Firaxis wants us to stay hundreds of hours in front of the PC.

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LevelUp
9.8 / 10.0
LevelUp

Top Critic

9.8 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2016

Improving on it's predecessors, Civilization VI stands on the shoulders of giants to reach even beyond. With more freedom, personalization, complexity and meaningful choices than ever, the game is every inch as addicting as ever, even to the veteran, who will toil with the improved difficulty, new victory conditions and mechanics. A masterpiece.

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Gamefa
9.7 / 10.0
9.7 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2016

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is one of the best turn-based strategy games in recent years. Its new district system is very good. You really need a good strategy to improve in game and mistakes are not easily forgiven especially in high difficulty levels. It’s AI is better in some manners but it yet has problems in diplomacy. However, if you’re a fan of turn-based games, you must buy Civilization VI.

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Sirus Gaming
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2016

Whether you’re a veteran of the genre or have never played a 4X game in your life, this game will give you a truly unique, fun and exciting experience that you won’t want to put down. Even if you’re not sure if you’d enjoy a 4X game, let me be the missionary to convert you to the amazing world of Sid Meier’s: Civilization VI.

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Game Informer
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2016

Civilization remains as addictive as ever. As soon as you start building your empire, say goodbye to your weekend

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Fextralife
10 / 10
Fextralife
Tarshana

Top Critic

10 / 10
Oct 29, 2016

Great start, complex strategies, new Leaders to discover, detailed diplomacy, beautiful graphics and a replayability factor that could never be fit into a score. Quality gaming has never felt better!

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Post Arcade (National Post)
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2016

Firaxis’ sixth simulation of our world might be the best 4X strategy game yet made

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Everyeye.it
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2016

Even though he didn't create the 4X genre, Sid Meier and the Civilization series unquestionably nurtured and rose it to prominence for the last 25 years. The latest chapter succeeds, again, in bringing new life to the genre and raising the competition bar to new heights.

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GameGrin
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2016

Civilization VI is most definitely the best base-game installment of the franchise yet. There are so many gameplay mechanics included here that it feels like it’s already had a large expansion. I can’t wait to see what Firaxis could possibly add to improve on an already spectacular and complete game. But as much as I hate to say it, with so much to learn this is one of the least accessible games in the series for newcomers. Still, with beautiful visuals,step-up in AI competence, and so much to do, for returning players this is the best Civilization game in history.

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ZTGD
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2016

This is an astounding game. Civilization has always been associated as the benchmark for strategy gaming, and Civilization VI is now at the peak. This is as good as it gets.

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Wccftech
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2016

Civilization VI is the pinnacle of the series. It's featured huge, sweeping changes, and nothing was left out. Everything has found a purpose, they all work together in tandem but also have a reason to stand alone. Only slight AI issues can be found here, but nothing every other 4X or Grand Strategy game hasn't encountered on a worse level. Civilization VI is, frankly, the best 4X strategy game in the world.

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CGMagazine
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2016

Firaxis continues its hot streak with Civilization VI, a visually resplendent strategy game that makes every turn feel important and every approach viable.

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Cheat Code Central
4.7 / 5.0
4.7 / 5.0
Oct 24, 2016

Civilization games have oft posed this question to gamers of their empire choice: "Will you stand the test of time?" As a series celebrating its twenty-fifth year with a new entry easily toppling its predecessors, it has answered its own question with a firm and absolute, "Yes!"

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SA Gamer
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2016

Civilization VI feels familiar enough that it’s comfortable to pick up and play for seasoned fans, yet fresh enough that it feels like there’s some new things to try out.

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IGN
9.4 / 10.0
Dan Stapleton

Top Critic

9.4 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2016

Civilization VI will go down in history as the most fully-featured launch version in the series. Many of those are smartly revamped versions of Civ classics, buy it finds its own identity with great new ideas like spread-out cities, customizeable governments, research boosts, and leader agendas. And even though the AI has some improving to do, it can put up enough of a fight to make world domination a challenge.

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PC Gamer
93 / 100
93 / 100
Oct 20, 2016

Sight, sound, and systems harmonize to make Civilization 6 the liveliest, most engrossing, most rewarding, most challenging 4X in any corner of the earth.

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COGconnected
92 / 100
92 / 100
Oct 30, 2016

Civilization VI brings the franchise to an unbelievable level of polish and streamlined complexity.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 26, 2016

An excellent sequel, that manages to evolve the series in terms of both accessibility and complexity, and maintain its place as one of the best strategy games of all time.

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The Escapist
Oct 26, 2016

If Civ VI doesn't count as a Great Work, I don't know what should. I'd display it in my Hermitage.

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GameCrate
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2016

Bold new ideas change up a classic formula, and the result just may be the strongest core Civilization game we've ever gotten.

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Game Revolution
Oct 26, 2016

This is a captivating game, one that consumes your time and gives back more than you put in. It’ll test your ability to make sound decisions, and anticipate the future. While diplomacy and numbers tuning will be required to combat some of the frustration that the game brings, this is yet another outstanding 4X game from Firaxis Games that will undoubtedly become one of the most popular PC titles for the years to come.

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TrustedReviews
Oct 19, 2016

Strategy games live and die on the complexity and satisfaction of the countless decisions made within them, and it’s here that Civilization VI stands tall. Where its predecessors laid the foundations and systems of play, this is a game that refines and perfects them to a remarkable degree. It’s not without a couple of flaws – the odd diplomatic quirk and some religious spamming are its most notable – but Civilization VI gives the series’ 20-year Anniversary the hurrah it deserves.

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Digital Trends
Oct 22, 2016

Civilization VI is a masterpiece. It’s the best entry yet in the esteemed 25-year-old PC strategy series.

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Cerealkillerz
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2016

Civilization 6 präsentiert sich nach dem doch etwas schwächeren Beyond Earth wieder als solider Ableger der Serie und überzeugt mit einigen netten Gameplay Neuerungen und der gewohnten „Just one more turn“ Sucht. Die furchtbare KI bleibt die größte und bis auf ein paar Kleinigkeiten, auch einzige Schwäche von Civilization 6. Sowohl Neueinsteiger als auch Veteranen werden hier auf jeden Fall ihren Spaß haben.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 24, 2016

The series that cemented the 4X strategy formula continues to stand the test of time with a stellar entry that adds richness and depth in expected places.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG
Vadimeys

Top Critic

9 / 10
Feb 6, 2017

Despite a few flaws, Sid Meier's Civilization VI is a competent development of ideas of the cult series. Sid Meier's team made the right emphasis on the diversity of opportunities that allowed us to avoid one-sidedness of Beyond Earth. Each element of gameplay is organically intertwined with others, increasing the depth and leaving a pleasant aftertaste. As a result, we've got the best PC game of 2016.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 4, 2016

The thing about Civilization VI is that there is so much content, that a traditional review struggles to do it justice. The number of units on show, the diversity in buildings, the research tree, the choice over governmental direction and the bonus this gives; it is honestly a title that is best experienced first hand and delved into in the deepest possible way. It is definitely the most fulfilling and enjoyable Civilization to date, and with Firaxis tendency to add expansions and updates to their products, it can only get better from this point onward. Some irritating issues do exist, such as religion and some slight AI deficiencies, but these are minor complaints in a title that is so easy to get addicted to that it is scary. The strategy crown remains with Sid Meier, and it is hard to see any challengers conquering his empire in the near future.

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Game Debate
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2016

Civ is a game that almost defies a straightforward 1-10 scoring system. It's a way of life. A serious undertaking which can't be quantified with a simple number. Suffice to say, this is a feature-rich and immersive iteration where attention to detail in design is apparent from the first turn and systems you didn't even realise could be significantly improved have been infused with a spark of genius. True, the AI is a woeful mess and it's lacking a few tooltips but there is none of the hollowness that Civ V had on release. Could this be a worthy successor to the majesty and awe of Civilization IV? Well, ask me again when I top the 300 hour mark. But at the moment, all signs point very clearly to yes.

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AR12Gaming
9 / 10
AR12Gaming

Top Critic

9 / 10
Nov 11, 2016

Overall, Civilization VI is a masterpiece, providing a depth of play and choices never seen, and doing it in such a graceful manner.

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USgamer
Oct 25, 2016

Civilization VI is a worthy sequel for the franchise. Firaxis has crafted the best vanilla version in the franchise's history, with a host of leaders, a great soundtrack, some keen art direction, and new features like the city expansion. There's not much missing this time around and I look forward to seeing what Firaxis adds to an already amazing game.

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NerdBacon
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

Civilization VI is a testament that the turn-based strategy genre is very much alive, and is here for more eras to come. Despite some AI personality hiccups and a steep learning curve, you’ll be on the edge of your seat pleading, “Just one more turn!

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SquareXO
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2018

Sid Meier's Civilization VI is a fantastic addition to the Nintendo Switch library. It brings one of the best games on PC to Nintendo's handheld with little compromise. Sure there's no online multiplayer and the Rise and Fall expansion is missing, but everything else about the core game is present and correct, especially in that it's as addictive as ever, in fact probably even more so.

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PCGamesN
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 18, 2016

It'll take a few balance patches and expansions before it achieves absolute perfection, but the list of wholesale changes Civ VI brings to the storied formula makes for an instantly sumptuous strategy treat.

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Worth Playing
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2016

All in all, Civilization VI is a solid, fun and enjoyable 4x game. Its basic mechanics are simple enough that players of almost any age can learn to play, but the gameplay is complex enough that multiplayer games can be brutal challenges that force players to the limits of their tactical ability. It has its share of flaws but nothing does more than slightly detract from the game. Whether you're playing for a few minutes before work or glancing up to realize that it's 4 AM, Civilization VI is exactly the kind of game that gets its hooks deep into you and never lets go.

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Digital Outburst
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 11, 2016

Despite some odd AI behaviour issues, Firaxis have delivered one of the most enjoyable entries in the Civilization series to date. Beautiful presentation and accessible new gameplay mechanics mean Civilization VI will have you going one more turn for months to come.

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Easy Allies
Nov 11, 2016
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Fenix Bazaar
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2016

Civilization VI is a refreshing reminder video game franchises as classic as Sid Meier’s classic turn-based strategy series can keep evolving in complexity while still remaining accessible for players, both returning and new.

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Critical Hit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2016

With reimagined cities, diplomacy and research progression, Civilization feels familiar enough for veterans while making a lot more sense for newcomers. By far the best Civilization experience we've seen in years, only slightly tarnished by slow load times and art that occasionally feels out of place.

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Expansive
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 12, 2016

Civilization 6 is an incredible feat for Firaxis. Easily staking a claim for Game of the Year, this might just be the finest Civ yet

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2016

Perhaps the most polished and enjoyable release of any in the series, only let down by a baffling AI and some hopefully resolvable niggling issues.

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Niche Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2016

I’ve already logged dozens and dozens of hours into the game, and I can already see myself logging in a hundred more, easily. Civilization VI is worthy of the series’ legacy, and further reestablishes the age-old “one more turn” joke.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2016

Civilization remains the preeminent turn-based strategy game. This iteration has a lot of good ideas and a few flaws in execution. The flaws will be fixed, the good ideas will stay and deepen over time.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 26, 2016

Civilization VI takes all of the elements from the Civilization franchise, improves on them and produces one of the most unique games in the series.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2016

If you’re looking for the best turn-based strategy on the market, it’ll be tough to find something as exceptional as this.

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IGN Spain
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2016

The king of the 4X games is back and came with a golden crown. Firaxis has made a whole new Civ with a taste both of the past and the present. Perfect for newcomers and a challenge for the experienced ones.

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NZGamer
8.9 / 10.0
NZGamer

Top Critic

8.9 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2016

Approachable yet deep, this is one of the best in the franchise to date.

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PushStartPlay
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2016

Civilization VI has more to offer in its base game than its predecessor did. That's not to say it matches Civ V when you take its expansions into account. Gods and Kings and Brave New World are what made Civ V the game it currently is; without them, it was still enjoyable, but it felt incomplete. Civilization VI has the same feeling. You know there's more to come, which makes it difficult to criticise it for not being as good as what's come before.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2016

The old Civ mantra of “one more turn” is stronger than ever. The additions make for a much deeper strategy game and the inclusion of most of the features from previous entries makes for a remarkably well-rounded launch. It will be interesting to see where Civ VI goes, but I have a feeling there won’t be nearly as dramatic a change as Civ V saw.

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Polygon
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2016

Civ 6 is smarter and more varied, but doesn't show much progress

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Paste Magazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2016

For now, it’s safe to say that Civilization VI represents a golden age for the series.

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Stevivor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2016

In our preview, we mentioned we weren’t sure if Civlization VI feels like a new game, or merely DLC for Civlization V. After many hours with the game, it’s safe to say that it’s a separate entity, different yet the same. It’s one that franchise fans will enjoy, most definitely.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Nov 6, 2016

Civilization VI is the most strategic installment of the Civilization series to date. With upgrades to everything from city planning and management to an entirely revamped social policy system, the are lots of new and improved features to dive into. Diverse maps, unique leader abilities and plenty of interesting rival empires to befriend and fight, Civ VI has a lot to explore and great replay value.

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PixelVulture
83%
83%
Nov 2, 2016

Sid Meier's Civilization 6 is the best Civilization game ever built, and its cute art style and deep game mechanics makes it so much more rewarding.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 2, 2018

Civilization VI has been one of the most demanding experiences I’ve ever played and while the barrier to entry will be intimidating to newcomers, it’s a game that rewards those willing to put in the time. You wouldn’t think a PC series would work so well on the Nintendo Switch but Firaxis has accomplished quite the feat and delivered one of the strongest third-party offerings the console has seen.

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Gadgets 360
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 2, 2016

Firaxis has done a good job making its long-running franchise leaner than before, while introducing new things (such as Districts, Eureka and Inspiration) that make Civilization VI more straight-forward, in a bid to appeal to a broader audience.

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PCWorld
Oct 25, 2016

Civilization VI has room to improve (particularly the AI), but this is the most complete a baseline Civ game has felt in ages and a few smart tweaks on the formula distinguish it from its predecessor.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

8 / 10
Dec 17, 2016

The most replayable Civ yet, but the AI is a drawback

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Nov 2, 2016

At its worst, Civilization VI is a game with a handful of bugs and a somewhat lacking AI that is wrapped up in a somewhat cartoon-like package. At its best however, Civilization VI is an engrossing 4X strategy game that has more depth and features than ever before.

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PowerUp!
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2016

The strategy genre keeps making leaps and bounds, while maintaining its roots and core base. Civilization VI is no exception.

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ShemWorld
Oct 25, 2016

A really superb game, let down by silly little bugs. Massive scope, potential for an incredible amount of variety. It will keep me engaged for a long, long time to come.

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pressakey.com
Nov 1, 2016

The Civilization-series has always been a game near to perfection within its own universe and over the past years, every new game made just some slight but useful changes to please the fans and give every round a new, exciting twist. So, it's not a big surprise, that almost nothing changed this year - but the features that have changed almost make it a completely new game. Despite the new, amazing visuals there's this new thing called "districts" and after being uncertain in the beginning, I now can't image how I could ever play a Civilization without this feature. Of course, the new (and old) leaders and nations still are amazing and everytime, I wanted to quit the game, I took "just another, last round". I don't need to tell you, this never worked, right?

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Hu3br
Oct 31, 2016

Much like Civilization V, Civilization VI feels like one step foward and two steps backward. Some neat ideas get mixed in odd design decisions and unhelpful UI. Still a great entry point for those interested in 4X, just make sure to have a bit of patience with its erratic AI.

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M3
8 / 10
M3

Top Critic

8 / 10
Oct 26, 2016

Civilization is still one of the most addicted series in gaming, and the new installment offers some really interesting addition. The sometimes stupid AI is a bit of a letdown, though.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2016

Is the latest entry in the series going in the history books as a great one?

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Kill Screen
75 / 100
75 / 100
Nov 3, 2016

Civilization VI carries forward almost all of the mechanics from V: spies, trading routes, religion, ideologies, the hexagonal map, and so on. As a result, the game is just as strong as its previous incarnation, while nevertheless finding ways to expand upon this experience.

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New Game Network
75 / 100
75 / 100
Nov 6, 2016

Civilization VI offers a variety of changes that significantly alter the way this long-running strategy franchise plays, but some notable issues - chief among them is the poor AI - prevent it from reaching greatness.

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The Game Fanatics
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2016

If you enjoyed Civilization V, then VI is right up your alley. If anything I've mentioned puts you off, then wait for some of the expansions to beef up the game.

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Geeks Under Grace
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 7, 2018

Civilization VI is a worthwhile addition to the series. It takes the familiar Civilization formula and builds on it to give more power to its players. Despite some interface issues, its a great game that you will lose hours and hours in.

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High-Def Digest
Nov 12, 2016

I found some problems with 'Civilization VI' but not enough to keep me from enjoying it for quite a few hours. Firaxis has improved some systems and stumbled on others, including things that should be in good shape by now, like diplomacy. I have a feeling that a year from now it will be a much better, bigger game, (not to mention cheaper) as is tradition with this series. I just wish that the inevitable DLC felt more like expansions and less like content filling in the gaps from the day one release.

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Impulsegamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Oct 25, 2016

There have been a few solid play improvements on Civ 5, but not enough to justify its current price tag.

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Kinglink Reviews
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Sep 23, 2018

While a flawed entry, it does have some bright moments. Districts are a great addition and the government system has been overhauled. However, there’s a lot missing and it’s a bit slow.

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