Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: New Frontier Pass Review: New Frontier Pass – With many fans of 4X game genre (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate – explore, expand, exploit, destroy), the Civilization game series of genius game designer Sid Meier has become One of the defining games and also the “metrics” exemplary for this genre of game, it is even the inspiration for many other 4X games like Age of Wonders: Planetfall , Stellaris or Imperiums: Greek Wars was released in the past year.
Buy On Steam: Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: New Frontier Pass
Although Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – the latest version of the series has also turned the age … 5th with two expansions Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm bring many improvements in gameplay as well as graphics engine, it seems Firaxis Games do not intend to “kill” this game to release a newer version in the future almost as usual before.
Just the beginning of last year, the company “revealed” information about a series of completely new downloads stretching out from May 2020 until March this year, all in one. With the “collection” New Frontier Pass possesses many new content, especially interested in gamers in Vietnam, is the appearance of Dai Viet civilization and the heroine of Ba Trieu.
Is a huge “collection” of expanded content really worthwhile for fans of the series?
FIGURE – CARE
Typically, with the 4X strategy game genre, game developers focus a lot of energy on creating a balanced and creative gameplay rather than heavily investing in graphics and sound.
Is it possible that the images “illustrations” are hand-drawn magnificently, which is easy to see in other relatively successful 4X games like Imperiums: Greek Wars or Endless Space 2 .
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But with Sid Meier’s Civilization VI in general and the New Frontier Pass expansion pack in particular, since two major expansions Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm , Sid Meier’s Civilization VI has had a significant upgrade in terms of Graphics and gameplay, the most obvious is the compatibility with DirectX12 platform with “heavy” effects.
Even the built-in benchmark is enough to make mid-range gaming PCs fall in love at 4K resolution.
That is why you will “enjoy” a 4X game with the most “sparkling” graphics platform today, enough “rolls” for even young gamers who think that 4X game are games for older gamers.
Similar to the “well-groomed” style in terms of graphics, the expanded content packages in New Frontier Pass are “carefully” cared for in terms of sound image.
For example, the most recent expansion of the content is the Vietnam & Kublai Khan Pack , a team of artists who have thoroughly researched both civilizations to come up with relatively suitable design and character designs. well suited.
Of course, they still “make use of” many of the models available in the original game and previous expansion versions, but it must be said that the development team is very responsible and put in a lot of effort. refine, bring to the works and units of special characteristics.
Music is also carefully cared for with brand new soundtracks composed by longtime musician with Firaxis Games, Geoff Knorr, with a very distinctive sound of new peoples.
It is true that with new peoples such as the nomadic tribe of Kublai Khan or Babylon of King Hamurabi, the writer is not too familiar with the musical style of these ancient peoples, but with Dai Viet empire led by Ba Trieu, you will hear folk songs such as Ho pull net or Drum rice played with T’rung, giving a sense of “rustic” and cool, suitable for the youth. Scenes and works using many bamboos of Dai Viet civilization.
Of course, from a historical perspective, what is shown in the New Frontier Pass content package has too many irrational factors, such as the function of building up the land of Dai Viet civilization, causing a lot of controversy. The player’s history is a bit of a history, but remember, both the Civilization series in general and the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI title in particular are “fake history” products, and even Sid Meier once admitted that he himself wasn’t. too concerned with history.
So you do not need to be too judgmental when playing the game.
both Civilization series in general and Sid Meier’s Civilization VI game in particular are “fake history” product.
In addition, you will have a new game item “Heroes and Legends” comes with the Babylon Pack content, with some “epic” characters that will be “unlocked” as you build buildings. respective culture.
This is also an element of “extra rice” quite gently for players to learn, not too much affecting the main gameplay of the game.
CONTENT PACKAGE “PARTICIPATION”
Looks good, play also likes, but the expansion pack New Frontier Pass can be seen as an “ambitious” version of the manufacturer when the original price is up to 40 USD, almost equal to the launch price of a game. belongs to “blockbuster” on PC.
Although the price is “softer” than buying each DLC separately, but the New Frontier Pass content package does not bring the basic upgrades, feels worth playing, or is worth the experience. versions of Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm have been done in the past.
Each individual DLC content is extremely rich, bringing 6 ethnic groups and dozens of “leaders” with many other new content, but all of them are just “extra rice” dishes, very quickly bored for those who have “plowed” and bored about the game during the past 5 years.
That is not to mention the release time of each individual content in the New Frontier Passpackage which lasts for nearly 8 months, which is enough to make the “hottest” heads also “cool” somewhat in the game experience. .
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Must know that the last part of this content package has to wait until the end of March to release, enough for excited Vietnamese gamers to “buy games” to try the Dai Viet civilization “plow” the game many times. , and… remove other game play.
So it can be said that, compared to the previous two expansion packs, the New Frontier Passseems more “ambitious”, but not really “worthy” of those ambitions but is “milking”. fan more.