Sid Meier’s Civilization V Brave New World
Civilization V Brave New World is an expansion pack to Civilization V released on July 9. The game primarily improves on culture and strategy, making the game more detailed, adding nine new civilizations, eight new wonders, two new scenarios, trade routes, Ideologies and the World Congress. However; in this expansion, Culture is the greatest improvement. The improved cultural victory includes new features such as Archaeology, a new Great Work mechanic and a Tourism mechanic that allows you to try and bring people to see the culture of your civilization.
The addition of the World Congress expands the diplomatic aspect of the game. Improving relationships and navigating deals is easier with this improvement. Diplomacy becomes more important than ever and city-states become a much more valuable asset. It allows voting on major issues such as the use of Nuclear weapons and implementing trade sanctions on war mongering nations. This makes it much easier to have control over other civilizations, something that will certainly become a valuable factor in gameplay.
Ideologies are a new addition to the game. Players can choose between three ideologies once entering into the Industrial era; Autocracy, Freedom, and Order. Autocracy is for military focused civilizations, Freedom for the player trying to achieve a cultural victory and Order is useful for trying to further expand. This ideology system replaces social policies when implemented.
Brand New World mostly focuses on adding greater detail to the game and fixing a few issues in the base game. However, perhaps a little more in the way of expansion would be expected for the price.