In another comparison to the superlative Civ IV: BTS, while that one had a great many mods and scenarios bundled in, Gods & Kings feels a bit paltry with three; It's likely a side effect of the mod community not really taking off yet. While Civ IV: BTS included the superlative Fall from Heaven II, the equivalent stand-out scenario for Gods & Kings is steampunk Empires of the Smoky Skies scenario -- complete with an art refresh and new victory conditions. Pumping out airships and taking on Luddites (the scenario's version of Barbarians) makes for an amusing distraction from the traditional game. I personally never really got into multiplayer Civ myself--history writing feels like something I just want to do solo. World conquering against other people usually has me loading up something in real-time--a StarCraft or some such. My dabbling in multiplayer didn't result in the catastrophic experience outlined here, but it did confirm that multiplayer still feels like an afterthought in this game rather than a full-fledged feature. My main issue from my multiplayer time was how slow and unwieldy the late game got; a large map with just two humans and some AI players starts to seriously chug to the point of unresponsiveness after hitting the 19th century. So even though there is a multiplayer option, Civ V still works best as a single-player game. Overall, Civilization V still occupies the odd space between, "slimmed down fast boardgame for console" Civilization Revolution and, "here's a complex simulation of alternate history" Civ IV: BTS. While Gods & Kings enhances Civ V into a better game, it's not a significant change in either direction. As such, it won't be changing anyone's opinion -- positive or negative -- about Civ V as a whole. I still hold Civ IV: BTS as "The Civ" game for me, but right now, Gods & Kings is the latest and newest "addictive 'one more turn then I'm done really' way" to create the background for my next weird Civ story: "How Carthage Conquered The World by 2052."
Boats now have both melee and ranged units
This Civilization V: Gods & Kings review was based on a digital PC version of the game provided by the publisher.