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To quote, "Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication...". No, the installation requites that you install Steam (180 MB download) AND create an account, whether you want it oe not.
I bought a physical copy. I have the activation code. That and maybe a quick trip to the Valve Web site to register is all that it should have taken to get up and running. If I wanted a Steam account and more possibilities of being hacked or having my personal information exposed, I would ahve gone to Steam in the first place.
Also, if you have Windows 8.1 like me, you must be up-to-date on your Windows updates, or you cannot install the software. This is another 800 MB download if you do not have it already installed.
Overall, the installation has been so negative I am not even sure why I am not packaging this up and sending it back to Amazon.
ADDENDUM: Neither Amazon, Steam or Valve will refund my money. I also cannot contact Steam Support to get them to eliminate ny account, so I have a dead account hanging out there with a possible hack exposing a lot of personal information. NOT happy!
When you compare this edition to its predecessor at launch, I think this game is a step above, so with the same expectation of patches, and expansions I think we can expect a superior game once "complete". This is nothing new for the franchise, the game's never really "done" at launch. That can be good or bad depending on how you look at it, but it is what it is.
Currently the game has some easily fixable issues (terrible UI for example, as well as many to be expected balance issues) and one major not quite game breaking but close issue, that being stone dumb AI. The AI is really quite terrible. It breaks promises seemingly 100% of the time. It cannot manage armies and will only defeat you with overwhelming force and only if you are foolish enough to have almost no defenses. It cannot make reasonable trades. They either want far too much, or will offer you the moon for nothing. The agenda system is more or less broken, it gives you absolutly no time to react, and in many cases (for example being denounced for having been seeded on a different continent from a certain civ, or being denounced for a weak navy when you are landlocked, or not spreading your religion across the globe two turns after acquiring it) are extremely unfair in their reactions to the player. It's a real struggle to make and keep friends in the game's current state, and I find that 90% of the time every other civ hates me despite my best efforts, and I'm a peaceful player.
That said the foundation (based in CiV) is good, and new additions and changes have a lot of potential. Districts and adjacency bonuses add a new layer of depth in city planning, terrain requirements for wonders (most of which could use a boost) also adds in a new layer of strategy when choosing a city spot. Unique great people with unique abilities is cool. Combat is essentially the same as civ 5, but with added support units that offer new strategic options. The new religion mechanic is interesting, with religious units being a sort of second army to manage.
Once we get a balance patch or two, and diplomacy and AI get sorted out a bit, this will be a really solid game, and even now as is, it's still a lot of fun to play.
My advice is if you aren't tried of CiV yet, keep playing that till this gets some work, if you are ready to move on get into the game and get familiar with the new lay of the land while they work on improvements.
Buy the digital deluxe version on steam. This is a good game, but I do not recommend getting the base version. For whatever reason if you decide you like this game you cannot upgrade to the digital deluxe version afterwards. Civ VI currently has like 8 dlcs available on Steam. For pretty much every other game on Steam you can upgrade to the deluxe version from the base version (this game on amazon) for just 20 dollars. That's not the case for this game, if you decide you want the dlcs you will have to buy each one individual adding up to over 40 extra dollars. So if you think you might like this game enough to get the dlcs, just go straight for the digital deluxe version on Steam and save yourself 20+ dollars. The dlcs include a bunch of civs that add to replayability the game currently needs.
So great game, I like the difference directions they've taken this game over Civ 5. The new districts is awesome, theyve added even more kinds of military units and the graphics are interesting. Also the social economic policies are interesting. Just like all the other civs before they got some big dlcs, this game as of the writing of the review (Jan 2018) is just not complete feeling. There's only 4 victory modes and the Religious victory mode is currently an un fun grindfest. Religious Victorys current lackings is huge because the majority of civs in this game have religious related bonuses. Science victory is by far the easiest victory. The difficulty levels jump; King mode in my opinion is too easy but then when you move it up one level to Emperor its much much more difficult. Also there are tech boosts in this game for every tech. If you perform a certain task it completes half the researching of a tech for you, so you can basically research techs twice as fast if you follow the tasks. On the harder difficulties you need these boosts so I find it gives the game a predetermined feeling. Civ 5 you just did your own thing in a way research wise but in Civ 6 I find myself chasing these boosts every game no matter the civ/map/start/victory mode I'm going for because they're huge. There's boosts for social policies as well.
Anyway, in conclusion, great game, one just has to remember as always Civ games aren't really complete till the big dlcs get involved. I loved Civ 5 and think its way better with its DLCs. I just recommend if you get this game, get the digital deluxe version on steam and get a bunch more content you'll probably want anyway and save 20 bucks
You get the disk, you pay for the disk, and then you have to put steam the snoop-fest on your system when it's the last thing anybody should have to install. The ONLY reason it gets one star is that I can't put a minus sign in front of five stars to properly rate this obscenity.
We're now into CIV 6 and we're still dealing with a half dozen responses from the AI players. I keep waiting for a more in depth diplomatic feature to the game but am yet again, disappointed. We're still at limited - grunt! - "Don't spy on me!" - grunt! - "We trade stuff!" mindless banter that has been around since the first version of CIV.
Expect to be considered a warmonger by everyone regardless of the situation and it will last for just about until the end of the game. (Example: Around turn 110, attacked by two countries and their city states. Took control of one of the city states. From that point on, every time the "denouncement" period was up, I was again, denounced for being a "warmonger". Three hundred turns later? Yep. Still a "warmonger". )
The assinine new limited worker is frustrating and annoying. Workers only get to work on three - five projects before they disappear. WHY?!? They also can't build roads or railroads. The nearly useless "Engineer" replaces this function but in such a limited capacity it isn't worth producing.
Overall, its a huge step backwards on several different fronts.