Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm Reviews
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm is a strong expansion that turns disaster into opportunity.
Gathering Storm is an ambitious expansion full of welcome additions, even if it does falter at the end.
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.
Growing a small group of settlers into a world-spanning superpower is rewarding at every step
With embellished diplomatic options and climate change bringing new strategic choices, Gathering Storm is a whole new way to play Civ VI.
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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.
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 is a chunky collection of small remixes that amount to a big difference.
The Gathering Storm is certainly worth the price tag to me and I’ve lost sleep and been late to work in order to squeeze a few more turns out. If you’re dedicated to the 4X genre and enjoy Civ VI already, it’s well worth the price tag.
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 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 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
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 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
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.
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
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.
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
A worthy expansion, given you own Rise and Fall first and get this on a sale.