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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

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"It needs the expansion - the base game is lacking content"
3 stars"

The game is fine, let's not make any bones about it. It follows in the Civ V tradition, in that you can only have one unit in one hexagon at at time, no more stacking of mega armies. The world is nice, the technology tree, once you get a handle on how it works, is also nice since the last patch that happened somewhere around November ‘15 and updated the tech web to something resembling the expansions – much improved. Diplomacy on the base game as released was a sad joke. AI players would come begging for strategic resources in return for 'favours’ that were not a useful currency for getting anything back from them, and they'd go from allied to war in the blink of an eye. Diplomacy has been completely re-designed in the expansion and I don't know how much of that re-design has filtered back in to the patches of the original release. Sadly, the base game has a dearth of content. There's only a handful of alien units. There are not a huge number of units you can achieve through research. Eventually (mid game) you will be totally overpowered when it comes to slaughtering aliens, which do not level up. And then you deal with the AI players, or you just research and build your way to one of the victory conditions, some of which are dependent on your choice of promoting ‘purity’, ‘harmony’, or ‘superiority’ in your culture. And that's it. Replayability, I decided, was not great — until the expansion came out. THAT was a game changer. The game is now much filled out, and definitely gained a lot of variety and replayability. I can only highly recommend the combination of the two.

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"A great game... however..."
4 stars"
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This game is pretty good but I can't really give it 5 stars as in reality, it doesn't feel like a “new game”. I've played various iterations of Civilization over the years but this one just feels like a repackaged Civilization V. You could almost overlay the game experience over V and essentially be playing the same game. Sure, you're on another planet and the tech is futuristic, but the similarities just smack of a lazy approach by the developers to repackage previous versions. If you're looking for a new game that sets itself apart from the recent versions, you might be disappointed in this title, but if you're ok with it, then it's a game that you may enjoy. 4 stars from me and would have been 5 had the game offered some originality.

"Could have been more"
3 stars"
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I first encountered Civ with Civ 2, Test of Time. That was a very playable game, pretty straightforward, with fewer victory terms, and sometimes insanely aggressive AI, even on lower levels. Diplomacy was fun. I even got threatened by an AI with their “mighty armies”, which turned out to be one phalanx, vs an entire stack of WW2 units. Beyond Earth is a bit too cute, AI isn't that much of a threat. I enjoy the global scale stuff, but this “cultural accountancy” is a bit much. That said, the basics are OK, and the exploration is often interesting. I'd prefer this game to be less scripted, but the 3 star rating is a fair description.

Description

Sid Meier's Civili­zation: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award-winning Civilization series. Set in the future, global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity. As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind.

As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, you will write the next chapter for humanity as you lead your people into a new frontier and create a new civilization in space. Explore and colonize an alien planet, research new technologies, amass mighty armies, build incredible Wonders and shape the face of your new world. As you embark on your journey you must make critical decisions. From your choice of sponsor and the make-up of your colony, to the ultimate path you choose for your civilization, every decision opens up new possibilities.

Features:

  • Seed the Adventure: Establish your national identity, choosing one of eight different factions, each with its own unique gameplay benefits.
  • Colonize an Alien World: Explore the dangers and benefits of a new planet filled with alien terrain, resources, and hostile life forms unlike those of Earth.
  • Technology Web: To reflect progress forward into an uncertain future, technology advancement occurs through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind.
  • Quest System: Quests are injected with fiction about the planet, and help to guide you through a series of side-missions that will aid in resource collection, unit upgrades, and advancement through the game.
  • Orbital Layer: Build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.
  • Unit Customization: Unlock different upgrades through the tech web and customize your units to reflect your play style.
  • Multiplayer: Up to 8 players can compete for dominance of a new alien world.
  • Mod support: Robust mod support allows you to customize and extend your game experience
Release date Australia
October 24th, 2014
Game Platform
  • PC Games
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Box Dimensions (mm)
138x191x16
UPC
5026555063753
All-time sales rank
Top 1000
Product ID
22308695

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