After my brief hiatus from PC games, I was drawn back to my Steam library with one thought in mind: Any new Civ DLC? Luckily for me, Firaxis and 2K Games had just dished out a colossul expansion pack, which was on sale to boot! So does adding religion and a bunch of new civilizations positively impact this already amazing game? Read on to find out!
Gods and Kings is one colossul DLC. It packs somewhere around 9 Civs, new tech tree items and buildings, new wonders and religion. Religion, to briefly summarize, is kind of like culture, in that it is a means to a result. It doesn’t have its own distinct victory conditions, but it does provide you with bonuses that help you towards victory. The entire religion system is really intriguing, and how it works is genius. A player founds a religion, and the city it was founded in then pressures other cities around it to convert. Then, if a lot of people are converting, you can use faith points to buy missionaries and go infect other Civs with your ideologies. The idea is clever, and the execution is impeccable. Claps to those developers who thought we needed Atilla the Hun to found Buddhism!
Religion on its own justifies the purchase of Gods and Kings, as it is a fantastic system that really adds a whole new level of strategy to the basic game. But no, the developers didn’t stop there. They added a sh*tton of Civs, the majority of which are a blast to play as. Some, like Attila, don’t have very good bonuses and feel kind of like the Korea DLC (not really worth it), but some are just outright overpowered (which is extremely fun, at least initially) like the Austrians. They can buy city states, which not only gains you cities, but cuts off other players from a diplomatic victory. Now, to successfully pull this off requires a LOT of gold, but it’s possible and is the ideal playstyle for Civ trolls (… me). These are some of the exceptions, as the bulk of the Civs have relatively balanced powers, like the ability to retain half-smileys from trading away the last of one of your luxury resources. These aren’t the biggest game changers, but they provide a little cushion for your Civ to fall back on against classic characters like Gandhi and Washington.
I’ve already made it clear you need to go out and buy Gods and Kings if you love Civ 5, but if you’re still reading this, then let me send you to the Steam store with a fairwell statement: G&K’s is the best Civ DLC yet, packing a lot of awesome Civs with the all-new religion factor, and is totally worth your money.