Similar to Strollen, I decided to give Civ VI another go recently. I hadn’t played the game since release, and even then, only went so far as my second game before I quit due to playing as Pericles and neighbouring another Pericles. It annoyed me more than it should have, and was enough for me to forget about Civ VI and play something different.
Having picked it up again, I sat down and found myself disappointed with the game still. One of my chief complaints that still persists is that the AI does not upgrade its units. Why am I still finding a Civ with archers in the modern era. More to the point, it was a common finding around the globe, city state and major civ alike.
Furthermore, viewing the end game graphs tells a woeful tale of AI ineptitude. Wars were frequently fought but city captures were rare. In fact, I was the mightiest conquerer taking 5 cities in one war, completing destroying the French, while the rest of the AI nations combined took as much over the course of the game.
And playing in the end game sucks. I did space race for something different, and never again will I go that path. The turns drag out, and it felt like a chore to basically hit the end turn button and wait for my final city to finish its Mars mission component. There was never any tension, it didn’t feel like a race, just a casual “I’ve won this game, get the cheevo’s” driving me forward.