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Even taking its whiffs and missed opportunities into account, I’ve still loved every hour I’ve spent with Gathering Storm. It’s an expansion that may not stick its landing, but which should still be applauded and admired for the way it sets out to change the very world we play on, and succeeds.
Civilization 6: Gathering Storm is the second expansion to the sixth part of the Primer of the Round Strategy. The name therefore has the addon that the environment plays a major role this time and can significantly influence events through natural disasters. However, humans are not uninvolved because their actions, such as high CO2 emissions, lead to catastrophes, just like in real life. Since it may happen that the polar ice melts and the sea game angel rises so much that our cities are lost on the coasts. Environmentally conscious action is therefore beneficial and rewarded. The use of raw materials has been revised and they are now produced per round and can then be used for building. On the political side, we now have the World Congress, where we regularly vote on events around the world among all parties. As a result, the diplomacy victory is back and our diplomacy value affects how much our vote counts. All in all, Gathering Storm Civilization is a lot better and therefore highly recommended.
Review in German | Read full review
Put simply, Gathering Storm checks all the boxes of what a great expansion should be and is a must own for hardcore Civilization VI fans looking for a reason to spice things up in an incredibly positive way or get back into the game if they've been dormant.
I’m an easy mark for a new Civilization, but I have no fear in saying that Gathering Storm is one of the most creative and significant expansions a Civilization game has ever received.
Gathering Storm succeeds in the difficult task of refreshing Civ VI experience while keeping its spirit intact. The enviromentalist theme is pretty spot on and the renewed diplomatic options will make it the ideal expansion for those who don't measure their success in terms of the length of their artillery.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Gathering Storm enhances Civilization VI to such a degree that it is hard to think of this as anything other than the best possible Civ game. The array of new features make every match more interesting, and will keep you coming back for more time and time again.
The astute Civ player can shape the history of their nation and craft a story for the ages with with pinpoint accuracy. The Gathering Storm enriches this experience by giving you more ways to add subtle realism to how the world evolves around you and how you can directly affect it. With so many new and returning features, it’s hard not to recommend this expansion to Civ fans, turning an already great game into one for the literal ages.
Gathering Storm makes impressive progress compared with Rise & Fall. The importance of this DLC to Civ 6 is just like Brave New World to Civ 5.
Review in Chinese | Read full review
The latest Civilization VI expansion handles a difficult subject matter with great insight and in a way that improves the game and makes you think of the world beyond it.
Gathering Storm is a great expansion. The quality of leader designs leaves me in anticipation for an upcoming DLC, and potentially, another expansion on the horizon.
While Gathering Storm still carries a lot of the issues presented by the base game, its new mechanics – especially with some in game tweaking – shakes up significantly the metagame, how to treat territorial expansion and give a new perspective on diplomacy. If you haven’t tried Civilization VI, now it’s the best time to do so.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Gathering Storm comes with some minor drawbacks, but I can easily recommend it to fans of Civilization VI. Bear in mind, though, that the new additions and tweaks in the mechanics may require some getting used to. Furthermore, the roster of civilizations hasn't been better in a very long time.
Review in Polish | Read full review
With Gathering Storm, Civilization VI gets even richer and turns into a true mastodon of the 4X strategy. However, the "new" diplomacy and the World Congress pay the price of an outdated artificial intelligence that struggles to control all the aspects proposed by the Firaxis game, although it is necessary to attribute to the idea different merits
Review in Italian | Read full review
Gathering Storm is a good extension, and the ecology/pollution is a good surprise. On an other hand, diplomacy and the National Congress is lack of depth.
Review in French | Read full review
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm has new leaders, wonders, and mechanics to freshen up your experience. Unfortunately, some of these features occur fairly late, or are non-factors in your playthroughs.
Gathering Storm is an interesting expansion, which could have been much better if Firaxis had spent more time working out the AI and micromanagement aspect.
Review in Russian | Read full review
The new World Congress and climate change mirror real-life in that they're partly beyond your control, making them hard to factor into your schemes. The new civs are among the best and most novel in the game, though.