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Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

World sim expansion helps foster kids' love of history.

Game Windows 2018
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So long as you aren't expecting an entirely different game, this expansion is bound to please. Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall doesn't fix what isn't broken, and adds plenty of fun new content to inject a bit of freshness into an already great game. While some players will be drawn to the expansion simply to have a chance to play the new leaders and civilizations -- King Jayavarman VII of Khmer is particularly fun, especially for those keen to do battle with war elephants carrying giant ballista -- the real joy comes in understanding and mastering the new systems. Golden and Dark Ages can turn tides, which forces players to stay focused on tasks and events that can increase their era scores. It's a good way to help break a long game into more manageable chunks. And keeping cities loyal on harder difficulties makes for a satisfying challenge -- nearly as gratifying as inciting disloyalty in the cities of neighboring empires before marching in to scoop up a defecting metropolis.

Other changes simply improve the player's quality of life while playing. The new timeline, for example, is a nice way to pull yourself out of the weeds for a moment and see how your civilization is progressing over time. And a lightly revamped city information bar keeps vital city details at your fingertips. The new types of alliances that can form -- not just during emergency situations, but anytime -- provide greater reason to engage in the game's previously underused diplomacy system. The sugar on top comes in the form of little surprises that pop up as you play, like the ability to build a wonder you've never seen before, create a new district, or enact a new policy. You probably won't feel like you're playing something new, but with the Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall rule set enabled, you might well feel as though you're playing something better.

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