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Release Date: Jun 18, 2012
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Includes 16 items: Sid Meier's Civilization® V, Sid Meier's Civilization V - Gods and Kings, Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World, Sid Meier’s Civilization® V: Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II), Civilization and Scenario Pack: Denmark - The Vikings, Double Civilization and Scenario Pack: Spain and Inca, Civilization V: Cradle of Civilization - Mediterranean, Civilization V: Cradle of Civilization - Asia, Civilization V: Cradle of Civilization - Americas, Civilization V: Cradle of Civilization - Mesopotamia, Civilization and Scenario Pack: Polynesia, Civilization V - Civilization and Scenario Pack: Korea, Civilization V - Wonders of the Ancient World Scenario Pack, Sid Meier's Civilization V: Scrambled Continents Map Pack, Sid Meier's Civilization V: Scrambled Nations Map Pack, Civilization V: Explorer’s Map Pack


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Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods and Kings is the first expansion pack for Civilization V - the critically acclaimed 2010 PC Game of the Year. This robust expansion covers the entire scope of time from founding your first Pantheon of the Gods and spreading religion across the world, to deploying your spies in enemy cities in order to steal information and technology.

As you move through the ages, you’ll interact with new types of city-states, engage in new city-state quests and global competitions, and master exciting new systems for land and naval combat. Civilization V: Gods and Kings will also include nine new civilizations, nine new wonders, three original scenarios, and dozens of new units, buildings, and techs that will offer even more ways for players to expand their empire and dominate the world.

Key Features:

  • Expanded Epic Game: The core game experience has been greatly expanded with the addition of new technologies (like Combined Arms), 27 new units (like the new 1-hex ranged unit Machine Gunner), 13 new buildings (like the Bomb Shelter), and 9 new Wonders (see below). Additionally, there are even more new units and buildings included in the three new Scenarios for modders to use.
  • New Civilizations: The expansion will deliver 9 new civilizations, such as Carthage, Netherlands, the Celts, and the Maya (it is 2012, after all), along with their unique traits, units and buildings. The expansion also includes 9 new leaders including William I, Prince of Orange, Boudicca and Pacal the Great.
  • Religion: A righteous people will seek out Faith to found a Pantheon of the Gods. As your Faith becomes stronger, you can cultivate Great Prophets who build on these simple beliefs to create a religion that you can customize and enhance as desired. Are you tolerant of other religions or is this the one true faith? Are you focused on Gold, Arts or Military? Beliefs can even unlock custom buildings that only people of your religion can construct. Great prophets, missionaries and inquisitors help you spread your beliefs to other lands and gain the alliances of City States, and like-minded civilizations.
  • Enhanced Diplomacy and Espionage: 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, you unlock your first spy (with more to come). Send them out to establish surveillance of foreign cities, steal advanced technologies from your strongest or wisest competitors, or interfere with city-state alliances. All of your actions can have a diplomatic impact if discovered, so always tread carefully.
  • City-States: Two new city-state types have been added (Mercantile and Religious) to bring all new advantages to the table. The city-state quest system has received a complete overhaul to decrease the importance of gold and add a whole range of new quests that further the narrative of the game, as well as make the diplomatic victory a more varied option. Ally with Marrakech to get access to their unique luxury resources! Vatican City and Jerusalem are holy cities that play key roles in the religious struggle.
  • World Domination: The fight for world domination is now more dynamic than ever before. The Gods and Kings expansion features a reworked combat system and AI that puts more emphasis on a balanced army composition. The new system allows your lines to stand longer than they could before, so you, as a player, can make smarter tactical decisions without worrying about a single unlucky roll of the dice.
  • Naval Combat: Your navy is now split into two different ship types, melee and ranged. This means that no coastal city should be considered safe, and can now fall to a surprise naval attack. Additionally, all embarked units now have Defensive Embarkation, and can stack with a naval unit for extra protection. Add to this the new Great Admiral, and the high seas have become a much more dangerous place.
  • New Wonders: There will be 9 new Wonders with all new effects including Neuschwanstein, the Great Mosque of Djenne, the Terracotta Army, the Great Firewall, and the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Three new Scenarios:
    • Medieval: Grow your medieval kingdom into one of the great nations of Renaissance Europe, fending off outside invasions from Mongols and Ottoman Turks and fighting the religious wars of the Crusades and Reformation!
    • Fall of Rome: Play as either Eastern Rome or Western Rome trying to fend off the barbarians OR as one of the barbarians themselves.
    • Empires of the Smoky Skies: Build flying airships and huge tractor-like tanks from the unique tech tree of this Victorian science-fiction scenario, and use them to spread your empire across the pre-industrial world.

Note - Demo

The demo is available on PC only

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows® XP SP3/ Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB Free
    • Video Card: 256 MB ATI HD2600 XT or better, 256 MB nVidia 7900 GS or better, or Core i3 or better integrated graphics
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB Free
    • Video Card: 512 MB ATI 4800 series or better, 512 MB nVidia 9800 series or better
    • DirectX®: 11
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • OS: 10.7.5 (Lion), 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core) CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB free disk space
    • Video Card: (ATI): Radeon HD 2600; NVidia GeForce 8600, Intel HD 4000
    • Video RAM: 256 MB
    • Multiplayer: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported.
    • NOTICE: It is possible for Mac and PC to become out of sync during updates. Within this short time period, Mac users will only be able to play other Mac users.
    • NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
    • NOTICE: Intel integrated video chipsets (GMA 950) are not supported
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core
    • Memory: 4GB
    • CPU Speed: 2.6 GHz
    • Video RAM: 512MB
    Operating System: SteamOS
    CPU Processor: Intel Core i3, AMD A10
    CPU Speed: 2.4GHz
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Hard Disk Space: 10 GB
    Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 6450
    Video Card (NVidia): Geforce 640M
    Video Card (Intel): Iris Pro
    Video Memory (VRam): 1GB

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Don't meet the above requirements? Running on Ubuntu? That doesn't mean your configuration wont run Civ V, it just means we have not tested and vetted your configuration. Visit the Civilization V community page to share your experience with other Linux players and learn about how to send bugs to Aspyr. Your feedback will help us improve Civ V Linux and future AAA Linux releases!
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122 of 151 people (81%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Posted: October 12, 2014
I played as Brazil and made my religion Soccer.
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52 of 65 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Posted: November 20, 2014
Communism is the best religion!
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25 of 36 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: November 5, 2014
Playing as the Maya is always fun,

Keep calling my city either Kanasa or Freeza Planet 419 though (If you know what im Saiyan)
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25 of 39 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: December 27, 2014
Founded a religon called atheism
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 18, 2014
I have over 250+ hours of playtime with Civilization V - Gods and Kings. Needless to say, I highly recommend this expansion.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 5, 2014
Overall not as great of a expansion pack as Brave new world, But still a amazing add on. If you play Civilization 5, i strongly recomend this, giving you new stratagys, and a hell lot more fun. 8/10
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264 of 270 people (98%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 9, 2013
Gods & Kings adds two new mechanics, religion and espionage, and rebalances the tech tree, as well as adding 9 new civilizations. There are also several new scenario packs, but generally people don't care about those. (The steampunk scenario is pretty cool...for the one hour that it takes you to clear it.)

All of the new updated gameplay changes included in Gods & Kings are also included in the later expansion, Brave New World. Basically the only reason to get Gods & Kings at this point is if you want access to the unique civs that are included in this expansion. So I guess it's worth it to buy Gods & Kings when it's on sale if you want a larger pool of civs to choose from, but if you're going to pay full price for a Civ 5 expansion pack just skip this and get Brave New World instead.
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38 of 41 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: June 12, 2013
Gods and Kings, the first real expansion of CIV5 (instead of small DLC) before BNW releases I wanted to recommend this quickly because you shouldn't really be playing vanilla CIV5... This expansion not only adds some civs/scenario's/stuff, but completely overhauls the game. Religion is added, balance tweaks, combat tweaks, the game feels more finished with this expansion... Once you've played a match with G&K, you can't play without it anymore.
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 20, 2012
The civ 5 expansion is actually quite good. First and foremost is the new religion system which is very indepth. Essentially you "customize" your religion starting with a basic pantheistic god then building up to a major world religion. You choose what bonuses your religion grants which range from military bonuses, economy bonuses, and even using the "faith" resource to contruct building. There are probably at least 30+ different religious upgrades to choose from which allows for a lot of customization. The city-state system has been revamped and works well with the espionage system. Basically the religion and new system for city-states create a sort of new "meta game" with a cold war type feel to it where you leverage control versus other civs since completing certain missions or using espionage basically secures a city for you even if they try to buy it off. The new civs have crazy abilities and units as well. There are lots of new features, and it is really worth buying.
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27 of 37 people (73%) found this review helpful
Posted: September 4, 2013
Awesomely epic addition to the base game. Love the new features to Religion.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 14, 2012
The long awaited first expansion to Civ V, finally bringing in all the key features found in Civ IV namely Spies & Religion. Game now feels like a true successor to Civ IV. Along with a swag of new civilisations, wonders, tech tree and scenarios the new game features really add more depth to the gameplay. Definately a required purchase for any Civ fan.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 1, 2012
The expansion's features shouldn't be the headline of this game. The fact that the AI is competent, now being able to take a city, and you can be friends with someone for more than 20 turns. It is all pretty nice. Then they threw in espionage, religion, 9 new civs, and some other stuff, and I was very happy!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 12, 2012
Civ 5 changed a lot from Civ 4 and it was not all for the better. It took some getting used to. The Gods & Kings expansion makes some much needed fixes and improvements along with interesting new features such as a new spy mechanic. With the expansion the game feels fresh again and even more enjoyable. Just one more turn!
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22 of 39 people (56%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 21, 2013
This WILL eat your soul (and your time). But it's worth it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 12, 2012
If you've logged dozens of hours in Civ5, then this expansion is a must-have. Sure, it's got new civilizations and wonders, and new mechanics like Religion and Espionage. But the best changes are game-play tweaks. The entire Tech Tree has been rebalanced, so there is not longer one "correct" way to progress through it. Changes to Great People prevent one civilization rocketing their way up to the Future Era while the others are still in the stone age. Naval combat is vastly improved, and the AI has seen some tweaks as well. The new content is nice, but the balancing and tweaking make this an essential add-on.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 26, 2012
The fact that I already sunk over 200 hours in the original Civ5 should say enough; this expansion gives me an excuse to sink another 200 hours into it, it is THAT expansive. It adds customisible relgion, spies and intrigue, new civilizations and a bevy of new units and new scenarios, one of which is every special indeed. Also, immediate improvements to the AI can be noticed and they are a lot easier to read in diplomacy, and a lot harder to conqeor in combat. This expansion expands as much as it refines, which makes it a must have for any player. Ruling the world just became a bit more interesting again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 22, 2012
Excellent addon to the main game. If you love the Civilization series, it is a "must have" purchase. But do not buy this addon, if you do not get the discounted price. When it is not on sale with at least 25-30% off, it is a rip-off to pay the full price for an addon. Keep in mind you have to own the main game. So you see my point, why it is not really fair-priced.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 16, 2013
On paper, Gods & Kings looked like a big step forward for Civilization V. I'd watched Civ 5 gain respectability over its first year and a half... there were so many problems at launch, but so many improvements over 18 months, at least for the single-player game. (Multiplayer remains awkward, to this day.)

Gods & Kings looked like an expansion pack that would add some much-needed variety to the gameplay. It delivered a mixed bag of improvements and disappointments.

What I like:
I find that the new City-State mechanics are an improvement. I like the quests, and I like having the new types of city-states. I generally enjoy manipulating the city-states, and vying for their allegiance.

I also find combat to be improved. The switch to a 100-hit point system makes it easier to manage your units in combat. Also, they have reworked naval combat, with clear distrinctiosn between ranged and melee naval combat. This is a big improvement.

What I dislike:
The Religion system starts as a powerful game modifier but quickly becomes an afterthought as time wears on. The system for spreading religion is difficult to understand and control. And when you're playing on a random world, it's hard to predict which benefit is best for your fledgling religion. Choosing the wrong one makes Religion a useless money pit for your Civ. I also find that pursuing a profoundly religious civilization has very detrimental effects on your development -- it takes a lot of effort to build those buildings, and the payoff decreases as the game advances. It's sort of like Culture, except that you can commit to developing Culture and win a Cultural victory. You can't win a religious victory in this game, because it doesn't exist. Duh!

The espionage game in Gods & Kings is terrible. It has no manifestation on the game board at all. You're randomly granted imaginary spies. You choose where they "go" and what they "do" from a huge table of world cities. Occasionally, you get a pop-up notice that you've stolen a technology, or thwarted a coup attempt. That's it. It's about as much fun as manipulating an Excel spreadsheet, because that, in essence, is what you're doing. Horrible, horrible gameplay.

What I don't care about:
More Techs. More Buildings. More Civs. Who needs 'em? Please. Take these back and go work on fixing multiplayer!

A year after the release of Gods & Kings, I find that I play more often with this DLC turned off. The new combat system was patched in to the base game at the same time Gods & Kings was released, which means that the only thing I miss are the better City States. But Civilization V is still a better game without Gods & Kings.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 22, 2012
Civilization V Gods and Kings is an amazing expansion well worth buying. It adds things to the game that give it a whole new depth. The new units that are not unique to a single civilization are amazingly realistic creating a much more worldlike game. Even the new civilizations are perfect, from Dido to Boudica, these new leaders make sure that veteran civilization V players will have to rethink many different parts of their strategies. Being a veteran player myself, I have now had to change the base of my strategy which I used since Civilization IV. I was immensly surprised when the creators inserted a Steampunk scenario into the game. And to my delight, it is crazily realistic and very true to the science fiction. Some of the other scenarios are breathtakingly historic being almost exact replays of history

I really do recommend this expansion if you have not already. And I deeply thank the creators of Civ for this immense new bundle of crazily amazing things.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 26, 2012
Great expansion. Big additions like espionage and religion are backed up by a plethora of additions and changes to the core game; to name a few, new city state types and missions, new units, new civilizations, new world types, UI changes, new wonders and natural wonders, a tweaked tech tree, updated tactical AI and diplomacy (although the latter can still be wonky), new scenarios, melee and ranged naval combat, different hit point system for land combat, and even more. This sounds more like a Gamestop ad than a friendly review from your neighborhood gamer, but Gods & Kings is an outstanding expansion to an already amazing game that creates a richer experience without overtly adding to micromanagement, even in the end game. Highly recommended to anyone who loves Civilzation V in the slightest.
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