Civilization V getting free Steam weekend

Civilization V is getting a free Steam weekend, along with a 75% off sale on the game and its associated downloadable content.

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Civilization V is getting ready for some of that old time religion, also known as polytheism. To mark the Gods and Kings expansion, Firaxis and 2K Games are offering the game as free to play for this weekend, lasting from today until Sunday, May 27.

If your taste of ruling over kingdoms tempts you to buy the full game, this weekend is a particularly cheap way to do it. All of the Civilization V content on Steam is 75% off, which means the standard game can be had for $7.49. You could get the Cradle of Civilization downloadable content for $2.49, or the Game of the Year edition with extra maps and civilizations for $12.49.

The Gods and Kings expansion is scheduled for June 19 in North America. It will add religion and religious city-states, new diplomacy options with espionage, new scenarios, and a reworked combat system.

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    May 24, 2012 12:45 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Civilization V getting free Steam weekend.

    Civilization V is getting a free Steam weekend, along with a 75% off sale on the game and its associated downloadable content.

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      May 24, 2012 1:39 PM

      To anyone who first wrote this game off (much like I did) when it was released: it's much better now. The combat is superior to civ 4 in almost every way, and the policy system (which replaced civ 4's civics) works well to keep smaller, more focused empires just as dangerous as larger ones, even when going for victory other than military.

      The biggest detriments to this game is research, and how there is a direct lack of control to manipulate it, the diplomacy system, and the AI's inability to fight half-way smart. But after all the patches and updates, it's a really fun game. I anticipate the expansion will add to it much like Beyond the Sword did for Civ IV.

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        May 24, 2012 1:59 PM

        Oh my god, they've gotten to you too!? 2K's reach is as far as it is devious!

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        May 24, 2012 2:54 PM

        Hmm thanks, I haven't played since about a week after release. I really wasn't too happy with the city-states, but I like the 1 unit per hex changes. Maybe I'll give her another go

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        May 24, 2012 3:11 PM

        It's definitely much better than it was at release but I still prefer Civ 4 I have to say. I felt the same way about Civ 3 to Civ 2...I just don't think it's ever going to be as good even with a BtS style expansion, but we'll see.

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        May 24, 2012 3:29 PM

        Lies

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        May 24, 2012 3:37 PM

        Hasn't diplomacy been the biggest detriment to every Civ game?

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        May 24, 2012 3:42 PM

        I came to say I told you so but how can I hate on someone that recognizes how good Civ V is?

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      May 24, 2012 1:53 PM

      are any of the DLC worth buying?

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        May 24, 2012 2:06 PM

        They add what should have been in the game in the first place. Some DLC shortly after release is okay as long as it's a complete experience. Civ V took a step backwards and used DLC to give us what we had in Civ IV.

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        May 24, 2012 2:07 PM

        IMO the DLC civs are worth it for multiplayer, but everyone has to have the same DLC to play with it.

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          May 24, 2012 2:13 PM

          Meant to say "DLC's are only worth it for mulitplayer"

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            May 24, 2012 2:53 PM

            ah ok, thank you. I don't play multiplayer so I'll give them a miss then.

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        May 24, 2012 3:06 PM

        One DLC that I think people undervalue is the Explorer's Map Pack. The reason is that these are not 10 hand-crafted maps, but rather map scripts that work very well. I hardly play on anything but Continents Plus. Most of the new scripts have a lot of customization options too.

        Here's a walkthrough of some of the map types:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNpd9GnBhYU

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          May 25, 2012 12:40 AM

          I really don't think I could pay for a new map. It's not like there is any new content... it's just tiles organized in a different way. I'm sure it takes work to craft it, but I want new stuff if I'm paying.

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      May 24, 2012 1:55 PM

      Also though, today or tomorrow would be a GREAT time to release another multiplayer performance-improving patch, and put in those animations.

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        May 24, 2012 2:03 PM

        Give them some time, it's only been...oh.

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        May 24, 2012 2:03 PM

        pitboss please

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        May 24, 2012 3:07 PM

        The engine improvements (including animations) are coming in the patch that will compliment Gods & Kings, which is sadly not quite ready yet.

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      May 24, 2012 2:02 PM

      I'm a big fan of CivUP. http://civmodding.wordpress.com

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      May 24, 2012 2:20 PM

      I really want to love this game but the enemy diplomatic AI is just so retarded it saps all the fun.

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        May 24, 2012 3:12 PM

        Yeah, they AI is a serious killer in this game...even mods can only help so much.

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      May 24, 2012 3:22 PM

      I would play but i'm short on memory.

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      May 24, 2012 3:44 PM

      Tempting...but I'm waiting for reviews on the Gods & Kings expansion.

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      May 24, 2012 8:31 PM

      Aw man I'm so looking forward to the expansion

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      May 25, 2012 12:15 AM

      Any schedules for countries / regions outside of North Armerica?

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      May 25, 2012 7:23 AM

      Sweet, and i'm going to a LAN party this weekend. If only the Gods and Kings expansion came out this weekend for the multiplayer hotfixes this would be perfect.