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Civ V: God and Kings MapOh, 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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  • Dennis Burger

    I checked my play time recently for Civ 5. Pre Gods & Kings, I had about thirty hours in the game, and felt like I played it pretty regularly when it came out. Post Gods & Kings, I’ve got 124 hours logged in the game.

    Crack. CRACK I tell you.

    That Diplomatic Marriage thing that Austria has is pure evil. Whether or not I like it depends on whether or not I’m playing as Austria! HA! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a perfectly good relationship with a City State ruined by marriage. And it seems like the instant they get a foothold in your territory, they get greedy!

    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I was one of the first to lament the loss of some complexity in Civ 5 Vanilla. While espionage may not be quite as complex this time around, this expansion as a whole has perfectly streamlined the game, and turned it into my undeniable favorite in the series.

    I’d love to see them expand on the effects of religion and government types in future expansions, and also add things like climate change over time, but as it stands, Civ 5+Gods & Kings is so incredibly addicting that I only think about my wishlist items when I’m not playing it.