Civ6 is a punishing (fun) game. I’m playing on the easiest level as a learner and the AI has a naggingly consistent propensity to totally wreck my beautiful plans.
My biggest gripe is how shit the startup screens are. Huge ego stuffing symbols from the creators, then a single mouse click which you always need to do.
Hey designers – if I don’t have a choice then just move on. Or allow me to click quickly through. IDGAF about your company name. I care about Civ. /grumble.
I’ll say I’m generally winning or at least making good in roads but cripes – the AI is sometimes illogical.
- NPC civ plonked a city between two of my cities because there was just a sliver of space. Who does that! Bastards.
- Building walls is an almost must do, but they drain so much cash and production early on. Perhaps I need to build in close and not spread so far.
- The barbarians appear about 10 turns after your units declare war and swing over the other side of the map. Bastards.
- How do I reduce how many other NPC civs are present. So many contenders. Perhaps I need to start on a huge map.
- Who in hell knows how to start a religious victory style game?
- Why are the penalties for killing and razing a city so nasty in the early game? Isn’t this what civs did?
Good game though.
I bought Civ6 a day ago and started playing. Wow, the game has changed since my old days of Civ and Civ2. The endeavours and strategies look like they will be the same but so much of the game interface has changed – for the better. Here are my impressions.
- I sat clicking like an idiot for a long while wondering why my setteler wouldn’t make a city when I pressed the B button. Even moving him around didn’t work, till I saw the build button.
- It took me ages to work out that Traders made roads. Good change, but tempting to use Romans as empire choice to get them automatically (so I read).
- I still don’t know how to use Envoys or all of the political levers. Do spies exist anymore?
- It starts so simple and ramps out of my comfort zone quickly.
- I’m yet to change the assigned population tiles for the city.
- I’m yet to suss how to use districts properly.
- I still want to crush everyone on the map with hordes of units, so maybe I should be playing the barbarians.
- I love and hate the new barbarians. Bastards are a pain but good for unit xp.
- Being a single player turn based game suits the home life I have, as I can walk away anytime. I almost grabbed my copy of MOO3 out of the box but decided a new game would be more fun.
- Getting the steam sale discount was ok, but I fear the ongoing temptation of DLC.
I’m having so much fun discovering how to play a Civ game again. Just need to now get 60 hours in a day.