Oh, I’m sorry, did you have some free time? Perhaps some loved ones you enjoyed spending time with? Too bad! Because the first expansion pack for Sid Meier’s Civilization V is now available for Mac: Gods and Kings. The expansion returns two aspects of the game missing from previous versions: espionage and, as you might expect from the title, religion.
Players can now “seek out Faith, choosing a Pantheon of the Gods and creating Great Prophets to found and spread their customized religion across the world.” I was surprised that religions were missing from Civ V, given how important it was to the previous version, and figured it was removed to avoid controversy.
Espionage is a welcome return to the game as, in the current version, there was no way to acquire technology other than research, or to undermine another civ other than militarily. Quoth the press release:
Establish embassies at foreign courts for closer ties or clandestine operations. As the religions of the world start settling in and the world moves into the Renaissance, spies can be unlocked to establish surveillance of foreign cities, steal advanced technologies from your strongest competitors, or garner influence with City-States through election rigging, or even a coup.
The game is further expanded with:
- 27 new units
- 13 new buildings
- 9 new Wonders
- 9 new civilizations (each with unique units and buildings)
- new scenarios
- 2 new types of city-states, Mercantile and Religious
Civilization V: Gods and Kings expansion is available for $29.99 from Aspyr, or as an in-app purchase if you bought Civilization V: Campaign Edition from the Mac App Store.
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