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Civilization VI review: Learning from some (but not all) of history's mistakes

Hayden Dingman | Oct. 26, 2016
Click softly, but carry a big stick.

Bottom line

It’s a promising start to the Civilization VI era. Not a perfect start, and I think longtime fans could be perfectly content playing a full-bodied Civilization V for the next two years, giving Firaxis time to get the kinks out, expand on its better ideas, and wrap it all up in one big package at the end.

But if you’re desperate for something new after six years, I’ve had quite a bit of fun with Civilization VI the past few days, despite my complaints. Both Districts and Active Research are compelling additions, and personally I think this is the freshest Civilization has felt in a long time. It’s an age-old formula, but one that’s made some vital changes this time around.

See you back here next year for that inevitable expansion.

 

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