developer: Firaxis Games
publisher: 2K Games
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet / hotseat, players: 1-8
Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall for PC, developed by Firaxis Games (which has been working on the series since its third installment) and published by 2K, is an expansion for the sixth installment of the renowned 4X strategy game series, announced in November 2017. The game allows you to develop your chosen nation through thousands of years. To succeed, you have to deal with various problems and dangers, from natural disasters to unfriendly machinations of other countries. Rise and Fall reasonably expands the systems and ideas known from the core game.
Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall for PC adds new functions and content. You can control nine new leaders and eight civilizations. Each of them had a unique gameplay and bonuses (including 8 special units, 4 upgrades, and 2 unique buildings). The expansion also features new global content (14 new buildings, 8 wonders of the world, 7 natural wonders, 4 units, 3 resources, 3 new districts, and 2 upgrades).
Especially worth noting are the Great Ages system and emergencies. In the former, as your empire develops, it can enter either the Dark Ages or the Golden Age, which feature special challenges and rewards. The latter mechanic may cause the neighboring countries to form an alliance against one of them if one empire grows too powerful. It allows you to earn special bonuses and rewards, although failure can have dire consequences. The alliance system has been expanded. Rise and Fall features various types of pacts, depending on the circumstances ans strategic goals.
Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall also features a new loyalty system. Each city has its own meter now, and neglecting the loyalty of your provinces can have disastrous results, such as less revenue from taxes, or even rebellions, which can make you lose control over the given city. But you can use the help of new governors to manage the cities, as the expansion allows you to recruit and develop characters with distinct specializations and promotion trees.
The expansion also adds the Timeline feature – a special visual story, which you can access at any point, allowing you to survey the highs and lows in the history of your empire.
Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall for PC utilizes a 3D graphics engine created for the sixth installment of the series. The visuals are similar to those of other games in the genre. As per tradition of the franchise, the colors and style of the game resemble those of animated movies.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz / AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 770 / Radeon HD 7970 or better, 13 GB HDD, Windows 7/8.1/10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i3 2.5 GHz / AMD Phenom II 2.6 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 450 / Radeon HD 5570 or better, 13 GB HDD, Windows 7/8.1/10 64-bit