Author's note: Steam doesn't show gameplay time in DLC, since it launches through the main game anyway. However, would say I've spent a good 20-30 hours on Brave New World, about 4-5 games from start to finish.
Brave New World is the latest addition to Civilization V/ It adds in a plethora of features, civs, and concepts, drastically changing the way one approaches the game. It includes mechanics from Gods and Kings, so if you are choosing between either, Brave New World will have religion with it. Something to consider.
Brave New World introduces a few new mechanics, reintroduces some old ones, and reworks others. The biggest change would be the inclusion of trade routes, giving you gold, research, and religious influence between two cities. Venice is designed around setting up trade routes, while Arabia has been redesigned to take advantage of this new mechanic. It is a useful mechanic, and does aid the gradual slowed growth of small civs.
They've reworked social policies and the way cultural victory works - you now have tourism points, which needs to grow higher than opposing civ's culture in order to increase your level of influence. This changes the way one can approach a cultural victory - instead of being limited to three cities, it is now possible to have a sprawling empire while still aiming for a cultural victory. Late game policies have changed as well, with your civ taking up one of three paths, which affect your late game perks greatly, and your diplomatic relationships as well.
Spies now have an option to act as diplomats, increasing your civ's tourism output to that civ's capital, while spreading your late game ideology as well. Citys can revolt and join your empire as in the older games, but its been reworked to do so only if your influence with your ideology is high enough.
Overall, Brave New World's new and reworked concepts make the game much more enjoyable, and adds much needed depth to the game. Grab it as soon as you can.
Posted: September 25, 2013