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87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. 100
    Civilization VI is essential. Not only is it a game that's educational, informative, and inspirational (see my video above for more thoughts around that), but it's also deeply pertinent to today's world and gives players a way of seeing - and grappling - with the topic on their own terms. There are deeper strategy games out there (though not on PlayStation 4), but Civilization's accessibility and polish make it the perfect introduction to the genre, and while the PS4 port doesn't do anything beyond what was already on offer, this is still one of the best things released on the console this year.
  2. Mar 9, 2020
    95
    Perhaps the greatest triumph for Civilization VI on PlayStation is that it is the full, uncut, and immersive Civilization experience PC players have been enjoying for decades perfectly translated to console. A challenging, but welcoming strategy title that is either the perfect entry point for new players, or the single best reason for long-time fans who have transitioned to a more couch-based gaming lifestyle to jump back in.
  3. Dec 30, 2019
    95
    Civilization VI in its fullest ultimate form debuts on consoles strongly, transferring all of the parts of a beloved strategy franchise onto controller and TV screens. With its expansions and rich content, really well balanced learning curve and heavenly presentation, it is a must play for any strategy lover.
  4. Nov 21, 2019
    92
    Sid Meier's Civilization VI on console works perfectly and it's a pleasure to play.
  5. Nov 21, 2019
    92
    Basically, if you enjoy 4X games or are a Civilization fan, you have to pick this up. But you didn’t need me to tell you that. It’s already on your list and Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is already in the download queue. If it’s not, you’ve got time right now to remedy that.
  6. Dec 30, 2019
    90
    There is a wide variety of nations and leaders to choose from, as well as a variety of Victory conditions to pursue and an even greater abundance of maps randomly generated or otherwise to build your empire. There are grievances that could be improved, sure. But those are really ancillary to the the core loop you experience. A loop that is hard to break out of. Civilization VI is top-notch and feels right at home on a console.
  7. Dec 19, 2019
    90
    The great Civilization VI works perfectly well in Nintendo Switch. Is one of the best strategic game of the last years, and it's pure addictive thanks to portable mode.
  8. Dec 2, 2019
    90
    A brilliant port and a brilliant game. There aren't any real issues with the game whatsoever and nothing that would put you off purchasing it. If you are a fan of the series or even interested in the Civilization series, it is a must buy!
  9. Dec 2, 2019
    90
    Although it doesn’t include all the PC game’s extra content, Civ VI comes to the PS4 and Xbox with both the Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm expansions and the latter in particular is a literal game changer. I can certainly imagine using Civ VI as an engaging educational tool to consider the many competing forces around climate change. That sounds dreary. Of course, Civilization VI on PS4 remains what it has always been: addictive, accessible and fun.
  10. 90
    The already marvelous Civilization VI makes the jump to PS4 almost entirely intact, and with the addition of two meaty expansions, this is an essential title for console strategy fans. It’s a little overwhelming for newcomers, but it treats the player with respect and rewards a curious mind with an utterly absorbing experience.
  11. Nov 21, 2019
    90
    Absolutely recommended both to those who want to go back to rewriting the destiny of humanity with a pad in their hands and to beginners who wish to approach one of the most important fragments of gaming history ever.
  12. Nov 21, 2019
    90
    Another excellent PC to console port, with surprisingly intuitive controls and a wealth of content and options that make this one of the best strategy games ever.
  13. Nov 21, 2019
    90
    Civilization VI is a fantastic strategy game, and having it on consoles will allow plenty of newcomers the chance to experience it for the first time.
  14. Nov 21, 2019
    90
    Civilization VI is an excellent strategy game that offers numerous ways to play, and all of them are viable options. You can lead a peaceful nation or a war-mongering empire and still have an engrossing and rewarding experience like few others on PS4. Excessive load times, grating music, and some occasionally irksome controls are the only real downsides to what is otherwise the system's best strategy game, and a title that strategy fans can scarcely afford to skip.
  15. Nov 21, 2019
    89
    If you like the genre, it is absolutely essential.
  16. Jan 6, 2020
    88
    With improved graphics and very responsive control, the developer Firaxis has managed to do what few do when bringing a PC strategy game to the world of consoles. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is a game that fans of this franchise can enjoy as if they were playing on PC, good graphics, excellent controls and gameplay that borders on perfection.
  17. Nov 21, 2019
    87
    "Rise & Fall"and "Gathering Storm" are packed into this console version. The gameplay experience and controls work perfectly. A must-buy for every Civilization game fan.
  18. Dec 13, 2019
    85
    While the PC edition is the undisputed king, the first true, numbered console edition of the series is wonderfully designed and - much like the “chronophage” it always was - it is destined to lead unsuspecting console gamers into many sleepless nights.
  19. Dec 5, 2019
    85
    The quality of Civilization VI is out of doubt, and console players will be thrilled to hear it’s been successfully adapted to consoles, including to their control schemes.
  20. Nov 26, 2019
    85
    Epic time travel with very well interlinked elements. A great RTS despite weak AI.
  21. Nov 22, 2019
    82
    Even without the add-ons the console version of Civilization 6 stands for large-scale strategic entertainment.
  22. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 17, 2019
    80
    Minor gripes aside, this is a great PS4 port of a proven game. If you’re a fan of the Civilization series or the turn-based strategy genre, prepare to move in and get building. [Issue#170, p.92]
  23. Dec 11, 2019
    80
    A great port of a great game. Civilization VI offers so much to do, and with two expansion packs bundled in, now is the perfect time to experience it on a console.
  24. Dec 2, 2019
    80
    It's taken a while, but we've finally got a decent Civilization game for consoles. The controls are fine, the gameplay's deep and challenging, and while the graphics aren't exactly top of the bill, they won't hurt the experience either. Good job.
  25. Nov 25, 2019
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  26. Nov 21, 2019
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  27. Nov 21, 2019
    80
    Civilization VI is a rock solid port that keeps the game’s strengths – and flaws – intact for consoles.
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 176 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 176
  1. Apr 11, 2020
    6
    Buy the console version only if you are a fan of the series and don't have a PC, otherwise no need. My rating is 6, for the old days' sakeBuy the console version only if you are a fan of the series and don't have a PC, otherwise no need. My rating is 6, for the old days' sake

    (+)
    Performance is good, the game works faster than I expected (turn-ends, etc.)

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    - You have the full game only if you buy the expansions. All important features are in the expansions (even production queuing!) The game is like Civ 1 beta without them.
    - A lot of issues with interface, seriously! For example, checking statistics of your cities / nation and other nations is very difficult. Checking something in encyclopedia is mess and a lot of others
    - You cannot force end / skip a turn without producing meaning that you have to always produce something in all of your cities. This is a big problem late end game.
    - A lot of issues with gameplay itself, do you want your spy to work on counterspying in your city? You need to repeat this action every 5 turn or so. There are a lot of actions you have to repeat and repeat and repeat and cannot automate which increase game time unnecessarily. Some easy actions could be automated even Commodore or Amiga era games.
    - You can overcome majority of these issues via fan mods on PC but you do not have any chance on PS
    - Cheating AI. Difficulty does not mean that AI can cheat this much. And some things are really annoying like AI can setup a city just next to yours even there are only 3 empty spaces, but you cannot. Let's say you have a city next to sea, you think that you have a natural border. There are only 3 empty spaces but they are 2 square far from your city and surrounded by your city. AI can come from the sea and put a city on those empty ones?!
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  2. Feb 8, 2020
    10
    Fun game I really enjoy it. A lot of people complaining about multiplayer, oh well **** em
  3. Nov 23, 2019
    0
    Fix the dam multiplayer! Until this is fixed I want my refund! I woke up early in the morning to play this with my friends to find out thatFix the dam multiplayer! Until this is fixed I want my refund! I woke up early in the morning to play this with my friends to find out that multiplayer is broken! Full Review »