Story - 80%
Graphics - 85%
Audio - 77%
Gameplay - 89%
Replayability - 90%
Gathering Storm is the second major DLC for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI and it is huge! New features, leaders and wonders are waiting for you to enjoy.
As the name implies, this DLC mainly introduces a weather element to the game. Now storms, floods, drought and volcano eruptions come into play and can cause havoc in the game. It is a really cool feature to add and can create some interesting events in the game. In later eras you will be able to counter some of these events like building sea barriers to combat rising sea levels and sometimes these events might even be beneficial to players as tiles become more fertile etc.
There is a new climate system where you can take a look at how your civilization and others affect the world climate and increase or decrease chances of events happening. For instance building a tons of factories will increase the pollution hence increase global warming that can affect the rising of the sea level.
Diplomacy also has some changes. The World congress returns from previous titles and you can now earn Diplomacy points in various ways which can make you achieve a Diplomacy Victory. There is a new Favor currency and a new Grievances system that replaces the base game’s Warmonger score. The Favor currency can be used in trading and ultimately gets used to cast votes in the World Congress.
The DLC adds a lot and there is so much more to mention but instead of going on about that I want write a bit more of what I think of the DLC. I have always enjoyed the Civilization series and even the base game was great, when Rise and Fall came out it already changed a lot and made the game better, now with Gathering Storms it almost feels like a new game. I find this very rewarding for players as instead of the developers creating a new game and charging a premium for it, they made a great DLC that feels like a new game but at the price of a DLC.
Gathering Storm pulled me back into Civilization VI again and it will take a while for me to stop playing the game. It completes the circle and now feels like a complete civilization building simulation game. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI along with the 2 DLCs, Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm, needs to be a part of any PC player’s arsenal.
Reviewed on: PC
Genre: Turn Based Strategy
Release Date: 14 February 2019
Publisher: 2K Games
Likes: So much content, feels like a new game
Dislikes: I need so much more time to play this game