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Platform Win, Mac Publisher 2K Games Developer Firaxis Games Release Date 2013-07-09



Civilization 5: Brave New World review: go west

The Venetians and the Shoshone radically change Civ Brave New World's new civs are more than new faces on some reshuffled bonuses — they’re both thematically different and in some cases fundamentally different, from a strategic perspective. The Venetians and Shoshone in particular radically changed the way I played Civilization 5 — though they might just break it. The Brutality of History Brave New World introduces a number of new scenarios — predefined games that set specific restrictions and victory scenarios — which include the American Civil War and the Scramble for Africa. Civil war is a set piece battle in which the two armies must take and hold each others' capitals. It's impressive in how well it can adhere to the actual history of this war, and even with many...

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Civilization 5's Brave New World expansion introduces trade routes, new culture victory and new civilizations

Sid Meier's Civilization 5: Brave New World expansion will introduce new civilizations and overhaul the existing culture victory and international trade routes, according to Firaxis Games developer Ed Beach. The expansion brings the total number of civilizations in the game to 43, introducing Poland with the leader Casimir III, Assyria with Ashurbanipal, Brazil with Pedro II, Portugal with Maria I and the reintroduction of the Zulu civilization under the rule of Shaka. Along with the introduction of new civilizations also comes a revamped trade system, which Beach says is one of the main areas of focus in Brave New World. "When Civilization 5 first came out, it had a ton of depth on the military side of the game, and with the first expansion, Gods and Kings, we did a full pass...


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Civilization 5's 'massive expansion' Brave New World delivers the Civil War, World Congress and more this summer

Civilization 5 developer Firaxis Games is working on the turn-based strategy title's second expansion, Brave New World, and plans to launch it this summer on Windows PC for $29.99, publisher 2K Games announced today. Aspyr Media will handle the expansion's Mac port, which is also set for release in the summer. Firaxis launched the first Civilization 5 expansion, Gods & Kings, last June. Brave New World will bring nine new playable civilizations and eight new Wonders, such as the Parthenon in Athens and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, into the game. It also includes two new scenarios: "War Between the States," which lets you play as the Union or Confederacy in the American Civil War, and "Scramble for Africa," in which you compete with other world powers to explore the continent and...

Sid Meier's Civilization 5: Brave New World Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 07/09/2013
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Firaxis Games
    • Score 8.5
  • Mac
    • Publisher Aspyr Media
    • Developer Firaxis Games
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