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I love Civilization 6, but sometimes I pine for the art style of its equally wonderful predecessor, Civilization 5. Civilization 6's cartoony vibe is all well and good, but when you've got an entire civilisation's worth of people resting on your every decision, a serious look is sometimes required.
Thankfully, there's a mod for that - and this one's from a developer at Firaxis.
The Environment Skin: Sid Meier's Civilization 5 mod for Civilization 6, by the game's art director Brian Busatti, changes the visuals of the game to better match the colours and tones of Civ 5.
In the middle of a tense Civ 6 barbarian battle but really need the loo? Well, now you can take your game with you, as 2K has implemented a cross-platform cloud system allowing players to transfer their saves between Switch and Steam.
This essentially means players can instantly close down a game on one device, boot up the other, and continue playing the same game. To do this you'll simply need to link your 2K account and select "multi-platform cloud save" in the in-game options.
It's a pretty neat idea, with the only catch being Civ 6 on Switch does not yet have either of the two expansions released so far for the PC version. Vanilla only saves for now, I guess.
The latest expansion to the game that burns midnight oil like no other is out tomorrow - so we've gathered up the cheapest Civilization 6: Gathering Storm deals for you to peruse right here.
There really isn't much between all of the major online digital retailers but Green Man Gaming is offering the best price for Civilization 6: Gathering Storm at 27.29/$31.19.
The second expansion to Civilization 6 adds a whole host of new features and systems to the game, including environmental effects, a World Congress to discuss global issues, a new approach to consumable resources, a new era of technology and civics, as well as the usual selection of extra civilizations and leaders.
If you've got a hankering for global domination, but don't particularly fancy leaving the house today, then here's a little thing that might appeal: Sid Meier's Civilization 6 is currently free to play on Steam.
Should you be a 4X fan that hasn't, for whatever reason, given Firaxis' 2016 instalment of the long-running series a go, you've got from now until 6pm on Thursday, February 14th, in the UK to change that. A quick word of warning to new players though: whatever you do, don't pick Queen Victoria as your first leader unless you want to be driven almost completely insensible by the endless repetitions of Scarborough Fair. I barely made it out alive.
Of course, as canny sorts will have realised, this current freebie event isn't just a case of publisher 2K suddenly finding itself in an altruistic mood. Rather, it's all perfectly timed to prime players for the release of Civilization 6's latest expansion, Gathering Storm, which arrives at precisely the same moment the free-play event ends.
Civilization 6: Gathering Storm adds a new civ that's got a pretty powerful starting advantage: it begins the game at sea.
This starting ability makes sense for the Maori. According to Maori legend, Kupe was a navigator who set sail from his home of Hawaiki sometime in the 10th century and discovered the then-unknown land of New Zealand. Upon returning home, he convinced others to migrate with him to this new land. Sailing, then, was in his blood.
Inspired by the tale of Kupe's discovery of New Zealand, Firaxis created the unique leader ability Kupe's Voyage, which means the civ's starting units begin the game at sea. Not only that, they receive science and culture each turn prior to settling their first city. Once settled, the Maori receive a free builder and extra population in the capital, and the palace receives additional housing and amenities.
Civilization 6's next expansion, Gathering Storm introduces global warming as its central mechanic, asking players to weigh up the impact their actions have upon the planet. Burning coal or oil may be easier and cheaper than relying on renewable energy, but you'll risk increasing the global temperature through your actions and losing favour amongst the international community.
We asked Firaxis about the responsibility that comes with developing a game about climate change in 2018 and you can read what its developers had to say here.
But we also dug into some of the more granular details of how this expansion works and what to expect when it releases on PC on 14th February, 2019.
The United Nations published a report last month that warned without drastic reforestation efforts and reductions in carbon pollution by 2030, our planet will soon be facing an irreversible global catastrophe.
And yet, about 300 miles away from where I sit writing this, a company has just restarted gas fracking for the first time since it was banned in the United Kingdom in 2011. Incredibly, this fracking began exactly one week after the UN report made headlines across the globe.
Elsewhere we can see Brazil's next president looking to open up the Amazon rainforest to further deforestation; Norway proposing record-breaking oil and gas exploration in the Arctic; and as the United States recovers from Hurricane Florence and historic wildfires in California, the country looks to a president who's previously claimed that global warming was invented by the Chinese to fool the American manufacturing industry.