By Jen Carman on June 25, 2016 at 7:31pm
"Civilization 6," the next entry in the award-winning Civilization franchise by Sid Meier, released a walk-through demo video today narrated by the one and only Sean Bean.
This is amazing. The Civilization franchise just gets better and better. Admittedly, I got extremely excited for "Civilization: Beyond Earth" and then was slightly disappointed, but I don’t think that my reaction was because it turned out to be a bad game. It did, however, turn out to be a different Civilization. Exploring the “Future Tech” tree that I so yearned for throughout my Civ-playing years had me making pretty bad strategic mistakes due to simple details I needed to relearn. Granted that is the nature of a new game, but to me Civilization was not new. For me, the unexpected “relearning curve” tore the nostalgia out of my gameplay experience.
This demo fills my city-founding, wonder-building heart right back up! Obviously the graphics have taken their obligatory step forward, but so have the battle animations! More so, I feel, than they had in past versions. Furthermore, the customizable city tiles are going to force more consideration into improvements instead of eventually defaulting to farmland-everywhere-mode. It may also make an expanse of flatland plains a little more attractive to settle near since now there are more options available to make those “empty” tiles useful in the future.
Finally, can we talk about those Age-progression city designs? One of my favorite parts of Civilization is surveying your sprawling metropolises, structures reaching towards the skies, and realizing how far your nation has come from straw huts and wooden walls. These visuals are going to make that moment so much more satisfying.
Civilization 6 is due to be released on October 21, 2016 for Microsoft Windows with planned ports for OS X and Linux.
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