Is Civilization 6 a perfect game? Nope. Questionable A.I., bad U.I. design, and a diplomacy system that just doesn’t make any sense knock it down a few pegs. With the release of the Rise and Fall expansion this past week, however, I thought it was a good idea to go back and look at all of the unhelpful, racist, and downright stupid things that people levied against the game.
4. Cartoony Leader Design
Apparently, some people got super upset over the depiction of the civ leaders in this installment of the series. Some have overly exaggerated features, are too fat/skinny, or just somehow not realistic enough for their tastes. And as a result of this design decision, they declared that this is worst game of Civ and would never play it. I mean, look at Gandhi in this game as compared to how he look in the past:
“It’s such a clear betrayal of Civilization’s aesthetic, you guys!” To be fair, everyone has their artistic preferences, and Civ 3 Gandhi is really, really, really bad. To say that you will never play a game based solely on how cartoonish the avatars look, however, is just silly.
3. “Civ 5 was better!”
I’ll give this one to the haters out there. Yes, Civ 5 is a more complete game than Civ 6, and therefore is highly replayable. You know why that is, right? It’s because the game has been fully released.
Some people must have short term memories, because when Civ 5 came out, it got ragged on just as much as Civ 6 has. Oddly enough, when it finally got all of its features added, major bugs dealt with, and had its necessary fine-tuning done, fans were singing a different tune. Funny how that works.
2. “The new expansion broke my mods!”
I was not expecting this one, but then Feb. 8th came, and apparently, gamers forgot that mods that were designed for the vanilla version of a game don’t work with recently released expansions.
Accusing a company of intentionally breaking your mods when you just forgot how expansions work is not a good look on you.
1. Nationalistic pride that turns into racism
It’s one thing to want to see your country or culture represented in a game like Civilization. It’s another thing when that desire turns you into a straight up racist. Denigrating a newly revealed civ by saying it has no global significance or that they are a bunch of savages/terrorists in order to get your group into the game does not help your case.
This comment and others like it were plastered on almost all of the civ reveal videos, save for the civs that were either European or a mainstay of the series like the Zulu who were added back in. Gratefully, it seems like the majority of the comments come from a place of ignorance of the new leaders and the people they represent as opposed to outright bigotry, so there could be a chance for these individuals to come around and be less awful. (I like to imagine that people have some innate goodness to them, but the comment sections on the internet repeatedly test this hypothesis.)
I’m coming at this from a biased position, since I’m an American and I can be reasonably sure that America will be included in every release of Civilization, but you can’t get upset that someone else’s culture got selected and yours didn’t. Just because you’ve never heard of them doesn’t mean they didn’t have an impact on history. Just because Firaxis didn’t include your group doesn’t mean they have a grudge against you. By all means, advocate for yourself, but do it like Canadians and be civil.
There’s a lot that could be improved in Civ 6, and I’m sure that most players’ concerns will be addressed in future updates and expansions. In the mean time, remember: it’s a game. Calm down, maybe learn a little something about other cultures, and have a good time.