Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Rise and Fall
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Review in German | Read full review
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
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.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
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.
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.
Review in Czech | Read full review
The intricacies added to Rise and Fall bring out the best of Civ, especially to make it a much more thoughtful play through.