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Release Date: Jul 8, 2013

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Buy Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete Edition

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

 

Reviews

“Brave New World is the rare case of a title delivering exactly what it promises.”
IGN
– 9.4/10

“In addressing some of the series' longest-standing issues, such as long periods of inactivity and less appealing pursuits of victory, Firaxis have turned Civilization V into one of the best strategy games of all time, regardless of how you want to play the game.”
Kotaku

“Firaxis could have played it safe and simply layered on more changes of clothes. Instead it took the strategy gaming bit between its teeth and launched the venerable franchise into some startlingly new territory, while keeping it fun, engaging and — remarkably — approachable.”
Polygon – 8.5/10

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Sid Meier's Civilization® V: Brave New World is the second expansion pack for Civilization V - the critically acclaimed 2010 PC Game of the Year. This new expansion provides enhanced depth and replayability through the introduction of international trade and a focus on culture and diplomacy. Your influence around the world will be impacted by creating Great Works, choosing an ideology for your people and proposing global resolutions in the World Congress. As you move through the ages of history you will make critical decisions that will impact your relationship with other civilizations.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World also introduces nine new civilizations, eight new wonders, two new scenarios, four new gameplay systems and dozens of new units, buildings and improvements offering an expanded variety of ways to build the most powerful empire in the world.

FEATURES

New Culture Victory: Spread your culture across the globe, dominating all other cultures. Create masterpieces with Great Artists, Writers and Musicians that are placed in key buildings across your empire like Museums, Opera Houses, and even the Great Library. Use Archaeologists to investigate sites of ancient battles and city ruins for priceless cultural artifacts. Become the first civilization with a majority influence in all other civilizations to achieve a Culture Victory, becoming the envy of the world.

New Policies and Ideologies: Enter the Industrial Age and choose the ideology of your people: Freedom, Order, or Autocracy. Each ideology grants access to increasingly powerful abilities, and serves the different victory conditions in unique ways. The choices you make will impact your relationships with other civilizations for the rest of the game.

World Congress: The importance of diplomacy is intensified and city-state alliances are more important than ever. Change the diplomatic landscape through a new World Congress that votes on critical issues like implementing trade sanctions against rogue nations, limiting resource usage, designating host cities for the World Games, and the use of nuclear weapons. Game-changing resolutions, vote trading, intrigue and a new lead-in to the Diplomatic Victory ensures that the end of the game will be more dynamic than ever before.

International Trade Routes: Build your cities into hubs of international trade by land and sea, creating great wealth and prosperity for your people, while also spreading religion, cultural influence, and science. The number of trade routes increases through the advancement of economics and technologies, the creation of wonders, and the unique abilities of your civilization. Will you connect to a closer city for a lower payoff and a safer route, choose a longer route with more risk for the bigger payoff, or perhaps point your trade route inward, sending vitally important food and production to the far corners of your own empire?

New Civilizations, Units and Buildings: Nine new leaders and civilizations are introduced, including Poland, Brazil, Portugal, Zulu and more each with their own unique traits, units and buildings.

New Wonders:This expansion set introduces eight new Wonders including the Parthenon, Broadway, the Globe Theater, and the Uffizi.

Two New Scenarios:

American Civil War: Fight the “War Between the States” from either the Union or Confederate side as you focus on the critical Eastern theatre of operations between the capital cities of Richmond and Washington.
 
Scramble for Africa: The great colonial powers of the world are scrambling to explore the Dark Continent and extend their reach into its interior. Search for the great natural wonders of the heart of Africa as you explore a dynamically-generated continent each time you play.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Graphics:256 MB ATI HD2600 XT or better, 256 MB nVidia 7900 GS or better, or Core i3 or better integrated graphics
    • DirectX®: DirectX® version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB Free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • Note: Optimized for the touch-screen Ultrabook™ device
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB ATI 4800 series or better, 512 MB nVidia 9800 series or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX® version 11
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB Free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • Note: Optimized for the touch-screen Ultrabook™ device
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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]
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willthew10
Posted: May 2
Addicting and easy to play. Game to play when your bored.
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Posted: May 2
A very good DLC, would highly recommend the game.

Would be nice if the two expansion packs were in one DLC, so expensive for not much obvious gameplay changes, apart from the game loading animation.
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nick.liam
Posted: April 30
if you jsut bought the base game, you can buy this expansion without gods and kings, but you will be missing some civs, but I reccomend you to buy the complete edition

PS: if you are reading this and searching for a person to play multiplayer with then feel free to add me
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Bernie Sanders
Posted: April 29
leuk spel pats boem
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Tittie Smalls
Posted: April 27
just one more turn...
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Mr.Diggly
Posted: April 24
Liked it a lot made the game more interesting for me.
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Mean Mr. Mustard
Posted: April 24
Mean Mr. Mustard's short Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World review

1) Essential - buy it NOW
2) Recommended - buy it on sale
3) Avoid

Time to complete – Average game takes about 10-15 hours on standard speed
Played multiplayer? No
Worth revisiting? Yes, every single game is different, multiple paths to victory, unpredictable AI

Best part – Endlessly replayable and very addictive. If you have even a small interest in any kind of history and are a fan of turn-based strategy then you can't do better than Civ V!

Worst part – On higher difficulties AI isn't any smarter it just gets more bonuses. While this still succeeds in making the game harder it can make the difficulty seem artificial at times. A very minor complaint.
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Pip-Boy 12000 | Damn Nukes
Posted: April 22
Absolutley amazing. 10/10.
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Squirt
Posted: April 18
Just buy it.
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RingozwenY
Posted: April 18
Best expansion ever
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Wixey2
Posted: April 17
This expansion adds a lot to the standard game. the addition of world congress makes for a interesting game where people are voting for certain things that will benefit themselves. The cultural victories are great.
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Cynister
Posted: April 12
Excellent expansion
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Mrnoobguy1
Posted: April 11
Yes
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Roku
Posted: April 11
I hate Shaka.
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the80srobot
Posted: April 10
My Steam profile tells me I played this back in 2010. It has staying power like no other game.
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jernickpatliz
Posted: April 10
this game is incomplete without BNW
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TheSharmanator
Posted: April 9
This is a great DLC for Civ 5 as it adds a lot to the base game and I would definately recommend buying it.
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gabriel.danielsson
Posted: April 9
Best game ever!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: April 30
if you jsut bought the base game, you can buy this expansion without gods and kings, but you will be missing some civs, but I reccomend you to buy the complete edition

PS: if you are reading this and searching for a person to play multiplayer with then feel free to add me
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: February 4
In my opinion, Brave New World is one of the best DLC packs to ever be released in the history of video games. The amount of content this gives you is astounding.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: February 11
Best dlc so far !!!!
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Recommended
Posted: February 8
Must-have DLC. Buy the complete pack, and wait for a sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: February 7
The greatest game ever
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: February 12
I enjoy the depth of the game...but also get overwhelmed by it. It is a thick and heavy turn based strategy game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: February 26
Best dlc
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: February 16
Didn't think I'd like this type of game. Pure strategy (which I love) but the game is that and building a civ. to survive alongside other ones. It is different from what I play but it is amazing. For what it sets out to be it does so perfectly. Take a look at the game and if you like the style and look give this game a go. Totally worth it!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: March 29
Changes the game everywhere, Civ 5 vanilla is god awful but BNW changes it like no other.
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105 of 109 people (96%) found this review helpful
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Posted: November 18, 2015
If you're going to get Civilization V, you need this as well as Gods & Kings. Both of them are true expansion packs and they add a lot to the game, cumulatively speaking, so I'd say they're not as outrageously overpriced as some of the game's other DLC. For fans of Civ IV and earlier, I would honestly say G&K+BNW puts the game on par with the rest of the series. If you can only pick one for now though, I would recommend BNW.


In a nutshell, Brave New World revitalizes the end-game and makes it less 'Sid Meier's Click Next Turn'. It revamps culture, diplomacy, trading, late-game social policies, and adds several new civilizations, units & wonders:

* The new culture system is a bit confusing at first, but cultivating tourism and generating Great Works from artistic Great People/artifacts from archaeologists is much more fun and reality-based than the old "fill 5 policy trees and build a wonder" cultural victory.

* Old trade routes are now called what they ultimately were: city connections. New trade routes must be manually established with caravans and cargo ships, but they let you rake in the dough you lose from river tiles no longer giving you gold.

* The new World Congress system lets you play "democracy" as you bribe city-states to fulfill your pseudo-imperialist goals. This situation is only marginally different in multiplayer.

* The old Liberty/Autocracy/Order policy trees have been replaced with much-improved, full-fledged (and mututally exclusive) ideologies for all your Cold War needs. Use your tourism to destroy your rivals' iron curtains!

* Religion, first introduced in G&K, becomes more powerful with trade route influence and extra stuff available from Piety policies.

* Two extra scenarios are just icing on the cake. The Scramble for Africa scenario is weightier and arguably more well-designed than the American Civil War scenario, but both are still at least decent.

Ask anybody who's really into Civ V and they'll tell you BNW is indispensable. I agree with them, because I am one of those people.


A brief summary of the new stuff in BNW, starting with the civs:

* Poland gets free social policies and a beast replacement for a subpar unit (the Lancer). Disgustingly overpowered, but fun.

* Assyria is for those early warmongers with panache. Settle the ancient city of Nimrud, then tear into rival civs to literally steal their technology from the smoking ruins of their cities. That's Ashurbanipal in the banner image up there, so you know these guys have style.

* Brazil is a fun cultural civ that somehow ended up with a kickass war theme.

* The Zulus are evidence Firaxis was trying to cater to the Starcraft crowd: the main strategy for them is to train a huge army of special warriors and swarm everyone else. Shaka Zulu's AI is famously aggressive to boot.

* Portugal is for crafty players who want to play as a crafty country and show the Spanish who's boss this time.

* Indonesia gets spices, die roll promotions for their unique unit, and an aesthetic that would probably fit into some DnD niche if it were fictional. Bonus points for being the only civ in the entire game that strictly benefits from religious diversity.

* Morocco is the rich diplomatic ying to Arabia's rich, warmongering oil baron yang, sort of. (Arabia unique ability is even better in BNW, for what it's worth.)

* Venice is literally City-State: The Civ, and also Gold: The Civ. For extra fun, try them in multiplayer!

* The Shoshone's uniques prove that they were more righteous than those paleface Americans, because their uniques mostly do the same things as America's and are almost entirely better than America's.

* Ethiopia was released in G&K, but is a freebie here for those who somehow don't own it already. It's for those turtlers with panache - and who want to spread the word of whatever stupid meme religion pops into their heads.


As for the new wonders:

* Borobodur is for jumpstarting religious spread. Nothing like a good Buddha to really bring people closer to the wisdom of Jesus-Vishna-Shrek the All-Father.

* Uffizi, Globe Theatre, and Broadway are for cultural players...or sadistic players with high production who like screwing with cultural players. They're all really pretty to look at, at any rate.

* Prora is probably the most important for warmongers. Literal boatloads of happiness from a subpar Nazi beach hotel that wasn't even finished. It even stole its effect from the Eiffel Tower: that wonder now gives a rather hefty +12 tourism instead.

* Red Fort is for defensive civs, which means it's also for offensive civs with high production. Noticing a pattern?

* The International Space Station is a World Congress project - mission control goes to the civ who contributes the most. That means it's for scientific civs lucky enough to have rivals who don't know to vote for Cultural Heritage Sites again to keep the status quo.

* The East India Company national wonder replaces the lesser, boring National Bank, and ensures that Gandhi's legacy will live on even if he's not in the game. It synergizes really well with trade routes.

* The Artists' Guild, Writers' Guild, and Musicians' Guild are national wonders for cultural civs and liberal arts majors. They generate their requisite Great People.

* The National Visitor Center is a national wonder for cultural civs who want a little overkill.


Rounding out the additions are three excellent natural wonders, three generally good combat units (one of which is from X-COM strangely enough) and four new buildings - a happiness building, a caravan booster and two tourism boosters.


Nothing's perfect, and BNW is no exception. My concern is France. This isn't a big problem, since France was always a cultural civ. Prior to BNW however, they were more militaristic, with two unique units. I think that fit the civ's leader (none other than Napoleon) better than BNW France, which is more focused on strategic cultural play.
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66 of 84 people (79%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
Posted: December 1, 2015
Ice-T from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit apparently bought the Civ 5 Brave New World expansion pack.
10/10
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: February 2
Civ V without main dlcs is like a burger without buns and patty.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
Posted: January 18
Who needed a life anyway...
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118 of 221 people (53%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
Posted: November 30, 2015
Stop looking at negitive reviews, get the DLC already.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: November 13, 2015
This should serve as a model for all other DLC to follow. New wonders, a new type of victory, a bunch of new civs, Ideologies, World Congress, and 2 new scenarios. When you consider all that, $30 isn't really that much. Or you could simply wait for steam sales like me and get the complete edition of Civ 5 for $12.49. Either way, this is DLC done right and a must-buy.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: December 3, 2015
I was able to conquer the world as an anime girl.

I'd say it's pretty good.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: January 28
I usually dislike having to pay extra to get all the features of a game, especially when the add-ons don't even improve your experience, but BNW is a perfect example of DLC that is most certainly worth it. Seriously, the game isn't even worth your time without all the DLC.
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340 of 361 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: July 22, 2013
Civilization V is a great game by itself, but it lacks a little in end-game – making the victory road not as exciting as it could have been. Brave New World's main goal is to fix that, as well as majorly changing the game with features that fit so well that you can't believe how they weren't there all along. Overhauling two of the four victory types, completely changing how you get Gold, increasing the importance of Ideologies in the late-game and creating a whole new mechanic for the new offensive culture, Tourism, this expansion pack adds a new experience to the game. If you used to leave your saves mid-game because of "lack of fun", this is the expansion for you. If you like Civilization V a lot, this is also the expansion for you. It brings a lot of new features to play with, making the game even more enjoyable.
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