Those that love playing out the included scenarios of Civilization V will find three more with Gods and Kings. A medieval scenario allows you to grow your kingdom into one of the great nations of Renaissance Europe where you must fend off outside invasions from Mongols and Ottoman Turks and fight the wars of the Crusades and Reformation. “The Fall of Rome” lets you play as either Eastern or Western Rome and try to fend off the barbarians, or you can even play as the barbarians themselves. The final and best scenario, “Empires of the Smoky Skies,” is a steampunk visage of flying airships and huge tanks from a unique Victorian science-fiction technology tree.
The updates included in Gods and Kings are substantial and after playing it, it’s hard to imagine them not in the game. The unprecedented level of polish in Civilization V doesn’t drop off with this expansion either. So the real question on buying Gods and Kings is not if, but how soon do you want these additions. Eventually there will undoubtedly be a complete edition of the game but the new dynamics add so much to Civilization V that it almost makes it a new game. Less of an improvement has certainly been offered elsewhere as sequel before. Now, if only your new spies could help those rival prophets meet an unfortunate accident.
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods and Kings is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB for Drug Reference, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, and Violence.