Sid Meier's Civilization V Articles RSS Feed | Sid Meier's Civilization V RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Civilization VI Gets Viking and Polish DLCs This Holiday Season Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:24:15 -0500 Justin Michael

The elves have been programming in overtime this holiday season and have decided to give the good guys and gals playing Civilization VI an early gift today with patch updates for the main game, as well as a batch of DLC to make you feel all the merrier this Yuletide. 

Winter Update Features

According to the Civilization VI's Steam page, there have been quite the number of patches, fixes and additions to the game with this latest update. Some of them include:

  • New Mechanics
  • Gameplay Updates
  • Balance Changes
  • AI Tuning
  • Bug Fixes
  • Visuals Fixes
  • Multiplayer Fixes
  • UI Additions
  • Audio Additions

Of course, these sections go a lot more in-depth on the Steam page, but you're not here for the patch notes -- you want to know about the DLCs.

Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack -- $4.99

This latest DLC allows you to rule over Poland as Jadwiga, King (although technically a woman) of Poland who ruled in 1384. She brings with her the unique mounted unit, The Winged Hussars, as well as the Sukiennice, a unique building that boosts trade routes. She also has the ability to swipe land off other nations, similar to culture bombing in Civilization V.

The DLC also boasts a 60-turn scenario to defend Poland, Prague and Vienna from angry folks like the Teutonic Knights and the Ottoman Empire, who are up to their usual sneaky ways.

Vikings Scenario Pack -- $4.99

The Viking Scenario pack adds six new city-states to the game, as well as a 100-turn scenario with plenty of exploration and coastal village raiding. It also includes three iconic landmarks of the old-world in the form of Ireland's Giant's Causeway, Norway's Lysefjord and Eyjafjallajökull, a volcano in Iceland.  

All-in-all this some great DLC for those looking for more content and scenarios to test their mettle, as well as general patches and optimizations for all. 

Which of the DLC are you most looking forward to playing and why? Let's talk about it in the comments below!

Great Games at a Steal: Grab these discounts before they disappear! Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:00:01 -0400 Kat De Shields

Buying video games can get pricey, so when a discount comes along it's always worth taking a look. Today, there's a pretty sweet line up for some recent releases and oldies but goodies. Get your collection up to speed or fill in the gaps of your game collection with these discounted titles. 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 

Normally priced at $59.99, save 18% when you purchase the latest title in the series. Adam Jensen is a real BAMF. 


Scoop up this title at 50% off normal price. At least the price is kind, the game is guaranteed to kick your ass. 

Rocket League 

Rocket League is a crazy popular game. if you haven't had the chance to play this one yet, buy it now at 40% off normal cost. 

Mafia II 

Even though the game is 6 years old, it's still a ton of fun to play. You can purchase a digital download at an 80% discount! 

Sword Art Online: Lost Song 

Explore the world of ALfheim Online at a 25% discount for PS4. 

Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Let's be honest, we all wanted to try parkour after playing Mirror's Edge. If you're still not comfortable leaping from rooftops, pick up this game at a 25% discount. 

XCOM: Enemy Unknown 

Another 80% discount deal, pick up this award-winning game and save Earth from a horrifying alien invasion. 

Saint's Row IV

For $5 (an 83% discount) you can own the game and all the DLC. Wait are you waiting for?

BioShock 2

Now, you can be a Big Daddy for real as you travel through the city of Rapture. You don't have to have Big Daddy bucks though, as the game is available for purchase at an 80% discount. 

BioShock Infinite

More BioShock! More discounts! Pick up the latest game in the series for $6 smackaroos. 80% discounts are amazing. 

Sid Meier's Civilization V

If you don't have this game, you're a disgrace to mankind. Atone for your failings and purchase today for $10. You owe it to humanity.

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Check out the SteamOS weekend deal Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:17:19 -0400 Keith Norris

Steam is currently having a sale for the weekend on games that are popular on the SteamOS. They also decided to throw the Steam Link and the Steam Controller into the deal as well, even though neither of them are on sale. It's possibly an attempt to generate some hype for the launch of their controller and game streaming box in November of this year.

You don't have to have SteamOS to take advantage of the deals on these games.  As long as the game is compatible with your current operating system, you can use it. 

A few of the notable deals include:

  • Metro Redux Bundle - $9.99
  • Bioshock Infinite - $7.49
  • Football Manager 2015 - $16.99
  • Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete Edition - $12.49

For only $7.49, you can also pick up KOTOR 2, which recently had an official Steam update that you can read more about here. All of these games and a few more will be on sale until August 3rd. So pick them up and enjoy the deals while you can.

Top 5 Historically Great History Games Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:48:57 -0400 Alex D'Alessandro

History, especially in the video game format, has a funny way of conflating itself with war and the most atrocious moments in human history. While war and history aren’t mutually exclusive, there hasn’t been a long time where humans aren’t trying to kill one another. Because of this apparent lack of compassion for each other and the “idea” that history is behind and not ahead, most of the best historical games have some aspects of war, but not all.  With that said, historical facts and figures will always capture our attention, especially when we can connect with those past moments by interesting and interactive means.

Take my hand, historical time traveler, and gaze through the ages at 5 great historical games. 

1. Victoria Series (Paradox Interactive) 

Paradox Interactive has a lengthy lineage of historically based grand-strategy games that have you leading your chosen country to great heights or, on a bad day, eradication. Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, and Hearts of Iron all have excellent historical depth and addictive gameplay, but when it comes to complete control and immersion, none stand taller than the Victoria series.

So much of our modern foundation was set in those turbulent years of the 19th century...


By accessing the spiritually destructive yet modern world building event of the Industrial Revolution, the Victoria series deals with the most important era for modern man. As you take your country from your humble, pre-steel, pre-electrical, pre-penicillin days, wholly useless as a modern human, you will find the driving force behind your country to advance --all in the name of capital and nationalism. So much of our modern foundation was set in those turbulent years of the 19th century and because of this Victoria is as relevant as it is challenging.  

 2. Assassins Creed II  (Ubisoft)

 It’s difficult to pick one title from the "Assassin’s Creed" series, but because our historical cause demands it, Assassin’s Creed II is the most rewarding, historically, of the series. Assassin's Creed III and Assassin's Creed IV have beautiful vistas entwined with engaging and addictive gameplay but Assassin’s Creed 2 had me longing to be wrapped in some Venetian cloth as I strolled down to the local duomo for a quick shout out to family in purgatory.

The gameplay's balanced on a concealed knives edge, slipping between fast and fluid combat and white knuckle, urban climbing. With the help of the frequent codex alert, AC2 invites you to look upon great historical structures, cultures, and people in a fresh light as you meander down the narrow alleys, alive with fast talking commoners or overly protective royalty, enticing gamers with the prospect of living in a reconstructed past.   

3. Rome: Total War (Creative Assembly) 

 Ancient Rome has no shortage of histories, plays, and other forms of artistic representation. With Rome: Total War, we are allowed to conquer the lands of proto-Europe and at the same time advance the noble cause of Romanization. With every unit, building, faction, and philosophical advance, you can read a small pamphlets worth of information that might teach you a thing or two about those ol' imperial Romans. It’s like being in history class but without a teacher or fellow students to warn you not to enslave an entire town. What do they know?  With Rome the real historical fun comes from the choice to sack cities and then crucify their entire male population. Those were the days…

4. The Oregon Trail (Mecc)

Who didn't want to be the leader of their family as they crossed rivers and fought off venomous snakes

 Oregon Trail works on so many levels of historical goodness. First off, a large majority of gamers and non-gamers alike played this game at school; reliving one of the most harrowing and endemic parts of the American narrative. Who didn’t want to be the leader of their family as they crossed rivers and fought off venomous snakes, or had to stop trail side for a few days while your daughter's dysentery calmed down — it’s what making your way out west in a covered wagon was about. Oregon Trail is that beautiful blend of player interaction with a strong historical narrative; teaching the player about American history through difficult choices and thoughtful gameplay. 

5. Civilization Series (Firaxis)

Sid Meier's games might slowly whittle our lives away, one turn at a time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn something in the process. From that one more turn philosophy, you slowly start you to realize the destiny of your nation. Civilization has always prided itself with real world leaders, architectural wonders, and military units. What would happen if Genghis Khan and the Mongolian people started on a tropical island abundant in bananas and sunshine? These are the types of questions that lead to a deeper historical inquiry, and if you want real world application the game lets you read a rather large civopedia that has historical information on all things within Civ. Oh Leonard Nimoy, your dulcet notes are a wonder to my ears.with real world leaders, units, building, wonders, etc… within a sandbox world.

History will always be a great avenue to stroll down when the wellspring of game ideas has run dry. Although almost all of these games are PC and strategy exclusive that doesn't mean that great historical games aren't available in other game genres and consoles. 

What did we learn? For one, history class is for the birds, especially with such a great wealth of gameplay focused on Western history out there. What can we really learn from history other than humans have magnificent moments of enlightenment followed by horrid moments of exploitation and destruction. Oh yeah, and we can have fun doing it. 

Old Franchises That Are Still Kicking Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:26:20 -0400 Landon Sommer


I've never played this series, but it is instantly recognizable to nearly every gamer. The first game came out in 1987 and we have no less than fourteen direct titles in the series not to mention all the spin-off games such as Final Fantasy Tactics. Considering that the video game was considered the creators final attempt at making it a video game franchise, it turned out to be quite a success.


 What do you think? Are there franchises that should have lasted instead of these? Perhaps a classic that will never see an expansion "because of the market trends?"


The Elder Scrolls has seen plenty of change in each edition since 1994 and has been better for it every time. While Skyrim felt like a medieval Fallout 3, it still delivered the world in new and exciting ways. The series has come a long way since Arena and has led to Elder Scrolls Online getting plenty of attention.


The Total War franchise hasn't been around near as long as some of the others on this list, but it has delivered no less than nine titles and has done us the courtesy of revamping two titles, Shogun and Rome, with newer graphics and interface. Every Steam sale seems to offer up huge discounts on this franchise and it's worth it.


If you have never played before, ease yourself in with one title, before you spend loads on every last one. The interface from the original Rome and Medieval just doesn't age well compared to the improvements the series has seen. Expect to see these games to keep on for a long time, perhaps even compete with Civilization at some point for the title of best strategy game.


Possibly the greatest turn-based strategy game of all time, Civilization has expanded far beyond the V that was used on its last title. The game has been a constant success even after the creator, Sid Meier, moved it to his new company, Firaxis. Through that time the game spawned; Colonization, Alpha Centauri, Revolution, and the soon to be Beyond Earth. I expect to see versions of this game well past the age where I could even bother to play it anymore.


Heroes of Might and Magic is an excellent turn-based game that gave you control over magic-wielding heroes and the mystical creatures that would follow them. Each major hero type had its own special skill, like the necromancers bringing their dead back to life as skeleton soldiers.


The game could be infinitely re-playable. There were plenty of castle types to choose from and even more maps. The spells available added on another layer of variability.


Honestly, I still think about breaking this one out every once in a while. If only my computer knew how to run DOS. Fortunately, the newer versions still stay true to the original, almost to the point where it seems like you are playing the same game, just with newer graphics and some rules tweaks.


In 1981, Castle Wolfenstein first made an appearance playable on a Commodore 64, Apple II, and DOS. Wolfenstein has just seen it's newest incarnation just a short time ago with The New Order. If any game is to blame for immortalizing the idea that it's always okay to kill Nazis, this game is it. Thirty-three years later, it's still socially acceptable to kill Nazis in video games.


The Fallout franchise has been through a lot. Fallout dropped in 1997 and was voted best RPG of the year by the likes of GameSpot and Computer Gaming World. It frequently lands on lists for the "greatest games of all-time." It says something when the game survived the near death of its origin company to be resurrected by Bethesda. In 17 years, we are just now expecting a sixth incarnation of the game or seventh if you count the widely ignored Xbox version.


Let's face it, we have a few games hidden away, maybe still on diskettes that we love. Games that were awesome to us the first time and we still think about going back and playing one more time even though we know how bad they are compared to today's new standards. Thankfully, places like Steam and Good Old Games give us an opportunity to reach back to the earlier chapters of these franchises.


Are there franchises that should have lasted instead of these? Perhaps a classic that will never see an expansion "because of the market trends?"

The Humble Sid Meier Bundle - Civilization and More Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:39:54 -0500 Courtney Gamache

A new Humble Bundle has been announced today, and it's all about Sid Meier's wonderful Civilization games. You'll be able to grab your hands on some oldies and some newbies in this wonderful game franchise.

Games Included

There are many games included, and the money they costs spans over to $15 for the entire bundle. Not a bad deal if you look at their prices in your local retailers and online through Steam.

Pay anything you want and receive the following games:

  • Sid Meier's Civilization III Complete - This game pack includes the original Civilization III plus expansions Play the World and Conquests!. Enjoy playing against your friends in this old-timey Civilization game that will whisk your time away. (Currently $4.99 on Steam)
  • Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition - A new Civilization game compared to Civilization III, which brings more tools and ways to play and win. Receiving a title in top ten games of 2005, this game rocked the multiplayer world of conquest. (Regular edition currently $19.99 on Steam)
  • Sid Meier's Ace Patrol - It's time to do a barrel-roll as you take control of WWI fighter planes to protect the skies. How will the war fare out with you in the cockpit? (Currently $4.99 on Steam)

  • Sid Meier's Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies - Set within WWII battles, you'll fly the iconic American and Japanese fighter planes representing the army or navy. The war is in your hands, and those of your soldiers. (Currently $4.99 on Steam)

  • Sid Meier's Railroads! - One of the best railroad building games of all time, where you're the one in charge. Face against other rival tycoons to be the best you can be.

At the moment if you pay more than $7.62, you'll get the previous games and also:

  • Sid Meier's Civilization V - An addictive strategy based game, with a wonderful diplomacy system. This game brings the best of the previous plus better cunning rival leaders. (Currently $29.99 on Steam)
  • Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods and Kings DLC - The first expansion for Civilization V bringing more religion into the gameplay. This DLC brings nine new wonders, nine new civilizations, three new original scenarios, and numerous new techs and buildings to make the gameplay more interactive. (Currently $29.99 on Steam for DLC)

If you're feeling a bit more daring, you can pay the lowest amount of $15 or more to gain the earlier games and this big bad boy:

  • Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World DLC - This second expansion for Civilization V brings international trade and diplomacy into focus. The influence you have will be the key when playing this DLC. Within this DLC will add nine new civilizations, eight new wonders, two new original scenarios, four new gameplay systems, and numerous buildings and technologies to explore. (Currently $29.99 on Steam for DLC)

I don't know about you guys, but I'll definitely be purchasing this Humble Bundle. As of this article, you'll have 13 days to act upon these gaming urges before this bundle flies out the window.

What do you think about the Civilization franchise?