Friday, July 19, 2013

Civilization 5 Brave New World - Review Of The New Features

New Civilization 5 expansion! It's like an early Christmas! Or a renewed meth addiction... (Civilization ranks number two in my list of most hours played).

I decided to make a short video showing off the most important new features in the expansion.
Here is a summary of the ones covered in the video:

New Cultural Victory: There are 3 new types of great people: Great Artists, Writers and Musicians you can use to create masterpieces that are placed in key buildings across your empire like Museums, Opera Houses, etc. Use Archaeologists to investigate sites of ancient battles and city ruins for cultural artifacts. If you manage to get cultural dominance over the remaining civilizations you win.

New Policies and Ideologies: At a certain point in the game you now have to choose the ideology of your people: Freedom, Order, or Autocracy. Each ideology grants access to increasingly powerful abilities, and serves the different victory conditions in unique ways. The choices you make will impact your relationships with other civilizations for the rest of the game.

World Congress: The importance of diplomacy is intensified and city-state alliances are more important than ever. The World Congress is the best new feature in the game. You can propose a number of different resolutions and then vote on then to see them approved or rejected. Among the measures that can be proposed are trade sanctions against rogue nations, limiting resource usage, designating host cities for the World Games, use of nuclear weapons and much more.

International Trade Routes: You can now use specific units to trade with other civilizations, city states or even between your own cities. It's kind of an easy way to boast your own production or growth if you trade internally or to raise a huge amount of gold if you trade with city estates or foreign nations.

New Civilizations, Units and Buildings: As always there are new civs, each one of them comes with it's own special units and buildings. In this department the most relevant change for  me is the inclusion of the Portuguese nation.