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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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About This Content

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: 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion), 10.9.5 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • 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: The following video chipsets are not supported for Civilization V:
      ATI Radeon X1000 series, HD 2400
      Nvidia GeForce 7000 series, 8600, 9400
      Intel GMA (950/X3100), HD 3000
    • 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![/list]
Helpful customer reviews
70 of 92 people (76%) found this review helpful
66 people found this review funny
Posted: June 29
Spread the religion of the PC Master Race to peasants in Australia.

10/10 would educate console peasants again.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Posted: November 2
-Quick Review-
Civilization V: Gods and Kings is the first Expansion that Firaxis Games released for the Civilization 5 series in 2012. New features included Religions, 27 new units 13 new buildings and 9 new wonders, three new scenarios, and much more.

-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: The “story” within Civilization doesn't really change. By that I mean that you progress through the game learning technology and trying to set your civilization as the greatest by feats of might, be it conquest, science or culture.
Your experience and “story” will change depending on rogue elements, climate, difficulty, landscape, and how close you live to other nations.

Gameplay: It would take too long to cover each and every change made with the Gods and Kings Expansion, there have been new units, buildings and wonders added to the game. You can found a religion which will give your people a certain boost, there are more features to Diplomacy and Espionage, new city states, naval combat has been changed so there are two types of ships (they can't all bombard), and three new scenarios.

* Religion: Let me just say, it was very fun to spread the word of “Atratzuism”, or “Nerdism”. A running gag with my family is to name things after “Christmas Spirit” or “friendship” too. (it's SO much more funny when being implimented over plague inc, but I digress.)
On a more serious note, you can create, and name your own religion, and enhance it with certain perks, increased science, more food from coastal cities, etc.

* New stuff: Who doesn't like new stuff? I like new stuff!

* Espionage: You get your first spy when you reach the Renaissance, each era after that you get another spy. You can send these spy's to steal technology, scout out cities, defend your own cities, sway favor towards you with city states, and much more... but be careful that they don't get caught by enemy spy's or else things might get tense diplomatically.

* Not all ships can Bombard: in the vanilla game you can take nearly any 'ol ship and pew pew pew the land walkers, however with this expansion you need to build specialized sea vessels to bombard. (The good news is you don't need to deal with nonsense from those pesky barbarian pirates bombing your settlers from the high seas)

* New Scenarios: Not everyone speaks about the Scenarios, but these are specialized events in history that the player gets to experience from the “drivers seat”. While not one of the selling points of the game, definitely a nice change of pace from the standard gameplay.

Achievements: Civilization V: Gods and Kings has 52 new achievements, it's very difficult to prove an accurate analysis for these achievements because there are so many of them. Some Achievements are simple, let “win a game with this nation” or “find and kill an enemy spy”. While others are difficult because you need to accomplish a specific task playing as a specific nation against a specific other nation. (Example: special task X with unit Y against nation Z)
All in all, the civilization series boasts many achievements, some difficult to get, others just require playing many hours of the game to obtain.

Price: Civilization V: Gods and Kings is priced at $29.99. Please note that you must already have Civilization V before purchasing the standalone DLC upgrade. If you're new to the series and know you like strategy games, I suggest grabbing the Civilization V: Complete Edition for $49.99.

Conclusion: To be honest, I didn't play much of the vanilla core Civilization V, so the “changes” made to the game are what I was most used to playing. I felt like the game was extremely well made and when I play without the DLC I feel like something is just a little bit off.
To flip that perspective around, I would assume that the game feels a bit more confusing, a bit more detailed from someone coming from the vanilla game. I definitely encourage you to purchase the Gods and Kings DLC for this game, it was a very good investment on my part because I've spent so much time playing Civilization V.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 4
They brought back religion from Civ4. Nuff said. Well that and the usual other additions that come with a Civ expansion, like adding more techs, units, civs to play as, and all that other stuff.

If you like Civ5, then there is no real reason not to pick this up too.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 27
its fun but very hard for beginers to understand and what everyhing is so instead of telling people what everything is you should tell what it does and how it will make an impact on winning or losing and about winning or losing i dont know how to win the game exept going to war with everyone
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332 of 340 people (98%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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