It’s a testament to the sheer cohesiveness of the new features and systems that Rise and Fall introduces that make this one of the most fun Civilization games in a while. An experience that you’ll want to return to and try for a different type of victory - or form of governing. Perhaps resisting the allure and power of religion. Or, to just make use of all the wonderful little touches and strategies that become apparent throughout a playthrough. Prior to the release of the Rise and Fall expansion, Civilization VI was somewhat of a mixed bag. Offering some great ideas for the series but an experience hampered by a somewhat unengaging first 50 or so turns, and erratic AI behaviour that turned the late game into a fight for your life against the world.
Rise and Fall, the expansion to the base 2016 release, does a lot more than add a bunch of new Civilizations to control. It adds numerous features that not only elevate the overall experience but make Civilization VI well worth your time.