There are many ways a game can end in the Civilization series, the franchise standing out for allowing the player to pursue peaceful victories through smart diplomacy, as well as the option to reduce your worldly neighbors to dust. When it comes to the more belligerent approach, the weapon of choice for endgame superpowers has always been the trusty nuclear bomb.
It's both satisfying and somewhat sad to crush enemy archers with your tank treads, but nothing can quite compare to the terror and tragedy of and dropping the megaton hammer on your foes. For those of you eager to become Death, Destroyer of Worlds, in the upcoming Civilization 6, IGN has put together a video demonstration of the nuclear weapons available. Your nuclear powered arsenal now features everything from your standard Fat Mans to a high tech thermonuclear bomb.
Watch IGN's gameplay preview below:
It's a long way to the top if you want to drop the bomb. First you'll need reach the atomic age, secure a uranium supply, and then research the Manhattan project. Then you can start building those nukes, which have 2 methods of delivery: You can launch the nuclear strike from a missile silo on your city tile, or you can launch a shorter range nuke from a submarine. These two options mean that almost nothing on the map will be safe from a first strike.
These nukes are certain to level your target city, but what's worse is the fallout, spread over 7 tiles for 10 turns. The radiation heavily damages any units that end their turn in the area, including, yep, the workers that your enemy would normally use to rebuild. It'll be a long, long time before your opponent can recover from that.
Not enough bang for you buck?
The thermonuclear bombs, researched during the information age, are even more devastating, spreading fallout over a larger, multi-city shattering area for 20 turns. There's almost no defense against this, save for denying your enemy uranium supplies. Once you're being attacking by thermonuclear bombs, it might as well be over.
So what to do when the tense endgame between superpowers threatens to go nuclear? Will mutually assured destruction or cultural co-operation win the day? Maybe against such wimps as Pericles, Genghis Khan, or Gilgamesh. However, every veteran of classic Civ knows that if you're up against the deceptively nuke-happy Mahatma Gandhi, your only option is to flatten him with preemptive strikes before he gleefully unleashes radioactive armageddon.
With all the potential devastation, I can't help but think how cool a potential Fallout or Wasteland style post-apocalypse age would be for Civilization, although generally the franchise encourages a more utopian future of space colonization.
It remains to be seen whether we'll make it there ourselves, though the future seems less and less certain the more turns Kim Jong Un's allowed to spend on his tech tree.
Would you push the nuclear button?