Reviews by ikamuzu
Solid improvements make for a polished gameikamuzu | July 30, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World (NA)
Brave New World takes up where Gods & Kings left off by adding a number of needed improvements to an already very good game. Notable changes include all new conditions for a cultural victory and the introduction of trade routes, all of which are of course complimented by 9 all new Civilizations to play as and numerous improvements to some of the older Civs.
There is a misfire or two, particularly in the new method for diplomatic victory. The World Congress feels either an inevitable win or or an insurmountable defeat. A number of exploits used to play on the higher difficulty levels have remained (namely a method involving the stealing of a worker from a City-State in the early game), though much as been done to smooth out these issues, including making it much harder to generate cold hard cash in the early game.
All in all, this expansion is a marked improvement over both the Vanilla and Gods & Kings expansions. I am very excited to see what comes next.