Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Rise and Fall

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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Rise and Fall is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 47 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

80%

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Based on 47 critic reviews

Score Distribution

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Feb 9, 2018

Messy, boisterous, chaotic - Civilization 6: Rise and Fall is the antidote to the Enlightenment.

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GameCloud
Wait for Sale
Wait for Sale
Feb 23, 2018

There's no doubt that Civilization VI: Rise and Fall is a superior experience to the base game. Having said that, these mostly subtle changes add only a fine layer to the gameplay rather than overhauling the experience or providing a large amount of new content. It feels more like a major patch than an expansion, and the price tag feels a little steep for such minimal change. If you've decided not to try Civ VI in the past, this won't convert you. However, if you're a diehard, you'll probably want to suck it up and shell out for this wisp of fresh air in your Civ runs.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 7, 2018

Rise & Fall gets its hooks in deep, showing that the enlarged game's greatest strength may not be its scale or its history, but the sense of togetherness it inspires, and the way it drags the player down to the surface of its gorgeous world.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 8, 2018

Pressure to avoid a dark age might force you to make strange choices just to game the system to keep the good times rolling

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 12, 2018

Rise and Fall adds, tweaks and expands, but it doesn't address some of the underlying issues, particularly those related to the AI. We're not quite in the new golden age yet.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 22, 2018

Rise and Fall is wonderful, I adore it. I love the new features, the new tech and the gameplay tweaks. They all make sense and fit the game world wonderfully. It really is the perfect excuse to come back to the fold, just don’t expect to be able to convince new players to join you for the ride.

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Scored Reviews

Player.One
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2018

Overall, Rise and Fall doesn't address any particular issues in early, late or mid-game, so any problems you have with those points in the game remain. Instead, Rise and Fall adds a framework to your game that makes it more comprehensible and more your own than ever before.

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Polygon
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

This expansion is a recognition that the magic of this series is in giving players lots of choices — sometimes difficult choices — as we all strive to stamp our own personalities on what is, effectively, a simulation of personal political leadership.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Feb 7, 2018

I was already wowed by Civilization VI, and Rise and Fall only serves to cement my love for this amazing strategy game.

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Spaziogames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2018

Sid Meier's Civilization VI - Rise and Fall adds new flavor to a game that was already almost perfect

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KeenGamer
9 / 10.0
KeenGamer
David Bakker

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2018

Civilization VI: Rise and Fall meets the incredibly high standard Civilization VI has set for itself. Hundreds of hours of gameplay with rich backstories meet hundres more hours of gameplay through the Rise and Fall expansion. There's more of everything. Everything feels inspired. Rise and Fall might not complete Civilization VI as a perfect game, but it adds an incredible amount of fun to your already awesome journey.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 26, 2018

Quite simply, Rise and Fall is a must-buy expansion for any Civilization VI owner. The fundamental core of the experience has, of course, not been radically changed - however it didn't need to. Rather, what has been added is a refinement that encourages strategic development and thinking and gives a constant treadmill of challenges to overcome in order to create the greatest civilisation. The loyalty mechanic accompanies this all nicely by again increasing the difficulty curve by just the right amount to avoid annoyance. The disappointment about the global emergencies does not detract from the experience enough to consider Rise and Fall anything other than a triumph.

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VGProfessional
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2018

Civilization VI: Rise and Fall is a satisfying expansion to Sid Meier's 4X turn-based game, adding enough core gameplay features, civilizations and leaders to renew the gaming experience. Don't expect a groundbreaking change, as this is not a sequel, and some of the old faults are still there like difficult UI or the strange AI when it comes to warfare decision and weird diplomatic moods, but it's still a notable expansion.

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Handsome Phantom
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2018

The intricacies added to Rise and Fall bring out the best of Civ, especially to make it a much more thoughtful play through.

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IGN Italy
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2018

Rise and Fall is one of the best expansions of the series and an absolute must for anybody who enjoyed Civ VI. The new systems keep the military players in check and give a more balanced and varied experience.

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The Games Machine
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Rise and Fall is an excellent expansion for Civilization VI, broadening the offering and adding a lot of irons in the fire: nine new leaders, eight civilizations, a general improvement of the experience, and a lot of new gameplay tweaks. The original game was a pretty good one, and with this new expansion it's just gotten better.

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Digiato
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jun 27, 2018

As the first expansion of Civilization VI, Rise and Fall has done everything we hoped for. with 8 new leaders and many more features, Rise and Fall not only diversifies base gameplay, but resolves many of its issues.

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Stevivor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2018

A game of Rise and Fall makes you feel like everything you have done has really mattered. That every action taken mingles with those of others and changes the world. It's great.

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Gamersky
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2017

There is no doubt that Sid Meier's Civilization Ⅵ: Rise and Fall became much more completed than the original version, and you can map out a lot of new strategies that could be interesting or crazy. I already can't stand playing Civ 6 without the DLC now.

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AusGamers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

From the new Golden Ages through to the Governors and expanded Districts, if you've ever been a fan of the series – now's the time to jump back in.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Rise and Fall feels like an improvement of the original Civilization VI but we miss some risk in gameplay. The new alliances and the gobernors system are great but playinig a new game in Rise and Fall is too much like playing a new game in the vanilla game.

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SA Gamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2018

Welcome to a new great age, a place where our people thrive and become the talk of all nations. Or wallow in a dark age, refusing your citizens some comforts as you fervently pursue a way out of your predicament. Time to rise or fall.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2018

Rise and Fall is an expansion about strategy, storytelling and is an absolute dream for anybody a fan of long-termism. While it may not initially seem as large or expansive as other expansions in the series history, there's a pervasive nature of all the new additions. These impact and influence everything else within the game. While there is a level of balance forced on players with the new Ages system, it allows for the telling of a true development of your civilization from start to end and keeps things interesting even at later stages. More important is the inclusion of loyalty and governors, which increase the already strategic approach of cities in Civilization VI. Rise and Fall is all about keeping a game interesting and engaging from start to finish and it's hugely successful at that.

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Game Informer
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2018

Complex and interwoven systems can be daunting, but building an empire remains incredibly rewarding

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Hobby Consolas
83 / 100
83 / 100
Feb 10, 2018

Rise and Fall brings some interesting improvements to Civilization VI. The new mechanics do not stray too far from the base game, but they broaden our options, and allow us to create our own stories when playing.

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GamesBeat
82 / 100
82 / 100
Feb 9, 2018

Civilization is at its best when it enables you to tell your own stories. But at release, Civ VI didn't do such a good job at that. Rise and Fall fixes this in many ways, giving your better ways to expand your civilization without resorting to combat. It adds a quest-like element with a significant penalty or reward, and most of its news leaders add variety to the game.

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PC Gamer
80 / 100
80 / 100
Feb 7, 2018

Rise and Fall is a great addition to Civilization 6 that doesn't quite go far enough to be essential.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Feb 9, 2018

A very worthwhile expansion of the venerable strategy game, whose new features seem a natural, and surprisingly realistic, extension of the original game.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 7, 2018

Rise and Fall introduces smart new features to Civ VI that enhance the base game without overcomplicating it.

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USgamer
Feb 10, 2018

Rise and Fall adds a lot of well-meaning nuance to the base game of Civilization VI. The new Loyalty system allows for more peaceful play, offering border expansion and bringing back city flipping as a strategy. The combination of Golden/Dark Ages and Emergency Situations mean it's now harder for one player to surge ahead in a game. There are still issues though, including illogical AI decisions and espionage needing another pass. It's a great addition to the base game, but Civilization VI isn't quite done yet.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG
Vadimeys

Top Critic

8 / 10
Feb 7, 2018

Rise and Fall is a classic addition from Firaxis - in the most positive way.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2018

If you have wasted great gobs of your life playing Civ 6, or feel like you have figured it out, this is a good expansion to make you rethink a game you thought you knew.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2018

Rise and Fall is a strong addition to the base game and helps it reach higher in the ranks of a Civ game. The new features change the way each game plays out and give some needed variety to each match in a way that is genuinely interesting and immensely satisfying,

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2018

Rise and Fall does exactly what an expansion needs to do, and brings the wayward Civ players back into the fold.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Feb 22, 2018

As the first expansion to Civilization VI, Rise and Fall introduces a number of unique mechanics to the classic Civilization formula that significantly enhances the gameplay.

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Gadgets 360
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 14, 2018

Rise and Fall continues Civilization 6's aim to deconstruct its complex structure, making it leaner and more approachable for a larger audience.

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Cerealkillerz
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2018

Firaxis brought some fresh ideas with this add-on but old quirks from the main game also stayed in place. There's also missing a overseeable unit list and the AI still needs some improvements. Besides that Rise and Fall manages to keep the spirit of the series to try something new and is still a must have for fans of the series.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2018

Civilization VI: Rise and Fall sets out to make the game’s midgame more interesting by playing to the base game’s strengths. For the most part, it succeeds. But when it flounders, it makes you yearn for the game’s second expansion

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PowerUp!
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2018

All in all, the best part about Civilization VI Rise and Fall is that it now truly feels like you’re able to play and win on your own terms. Military might isn’t the only option and winning through science and religious means is even more satisfying.

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IGN
7.8 / 10.0
Dan Stapleton

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Civ 6: Rise and Fall's new Golden Age and Governor systems add new and interesting decisions while Loyalty largely bogs it down.

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Sirus Gaming
7.5 / 10.0
Sirus Gaming
James Gopperton
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2018

Rise and Fall did a lot to clean up what was already a great game that was suffering from some pretty vicious issues in the early days, while simultaneously adding a bunch of new content and gameplay that almost makes it feel like a fresh game.

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PCGamesN
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 18, 2018

Civ VI is undoubtedly a better game with the addition of Rise and Fall - especially when you are struggling to hold everything together through a Dark Age. However, I do not think this expansion brings it to a place where all of its core ideas have really gelled yet.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 16, 2018

Rise and Fall extension adds a lot of content and new gameplay mechanics, some of them being better than others.

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Pardis Game
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2018

It is clear that after Rise and Fall expansion, Civilization VI is now a better game. Most of the new introduced mechanisms are interesting and potentially revolutionary. However, in the existing implementation, their influence on gameplay is limited and insufficient. I hope that developers finally have success in conveying the real feeling of civilization's rise and fall in upcoming expansions or versions

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Worth Playing
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2018

The biggest problem with Civilization VI: Rise and Fall is that it's not a really big expansion. The new features are nice, but they don't fundamentally change the game. The new bonuses and civilizations are fun, and overall, they don't detract from the experience. At the same time, it's hard to call it essential. In addition, there are a handful of new features, particularly Loyalty, which detract from the game without adding much to it. There's no real reason to go for Rise and Fall unless you're a huge Civ VI nut who needs more content. The line between expansion and DLC is thin, and Rise and Fall lands right on the line. It's worth buying if you want more Civilization, but casual players may want to wait for a price drop or a meatier expansion.

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SomHráč.sk
70%
70%
Mar 16, 2018

Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall improves the game in all the right ways. Its biggest failing is that despite many changes, it surprisingly plays just like the original game.

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Hu3br
Feb 21, 2018

Instead of building upon or refining the base game mechanics, Rise and Fall disrupts it, makes Civilization VI even more confusing and random. It’s one big missed opportunity.

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