Even great developers hit a speed bump every now and again. And while Firaxis have continued to do a great job with the XCOM series, the last couple of Civilization launches — namely Civilization 5 and Civilization: Beyond Earth — didn't go down that well.
Good news: that's not the case with Civilization 6.
Amidst all the drama surrounding the Nintendo NX, it's easy to forget that a few video games have come out this week. It's the launch day for Battlefield 1, for a start, although people have been playing early thanks to pre-order bonuses.
It's also the launch day for Civilization 6 — and so far, it's doing very, very well. It's got a 92% user rating on Steam at the time of rating from more than 600 reviews, making it the highest rated game from Firaxis on Steam and 2K's second highest rated game on Steam.
We'll have our full thoughts on the game sometime next week — review copies weren't supplied until late in the piece — but the general vibe is that Civilization 6 has all of the features that Civ 5 didn't get until two expansions were released. Firaxis is getting praise for the level of optimisation as well, which is always good to see (especially considering that the Civ series is a popular game for playing on laptops).
Users have already started putting together cheat sheets and guides to help get to grips with the new systems. Here's a handy primer on the district system:
It's also knocked off Skyrim, Fallout 4, Rust, GTA 5, ARK: Survival Evolved and Rocket League off their perch in the top games list on Steam, according to Steam Charts.
The Steam price for Australians is still an exorbitant $US69.95, but you can get some better offerings through third-party retailers like Green Man Gaming and Amazon. Brick and mortar retailers are also selling the new Civ for around $79, which isn't fantastic but still better than paying over $90.