Sid Meier’s Civilization®: Beyond Earth™
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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.
Seed the Adventure: Establish your national identity, choosing one of eight different factions, each with its own unique gameplay benefits. Craft your expedition by assembling your spacecraft, cargo & colonists through a series of choices that directly seed the starting conditions when arriving at the new planet. A new quest system guides you as you begin your journey.
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. Build outposts, establish trade routes and develop flourishing cities to create prosperity for your people.
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.
Orbital Layer: Build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific units 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.
Contend with Rivals: Wage war, form diplomatic alliances, and engage in espionage in your path to victory against other factions, each with its own leader and different gameplay 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.
Fun, yet lackingBKelvet | Jan. 21, 2015 | See all BKelvet's reviews »
Beyond Earth is a fun game to play. I quite enjoyed my play as the Franco-Iberians. however it seems to lack quite a bit of depth in the game. for Civ 5 you have so many different choices but for Beyond Earth you just have a few civilizations so it feels far more lacking. I liked how you had the futuristic equipment but it felt somewhat like they didn't change enough during the game, because they all still functioned in the same way with very similar animations for it all. Now despite all of this it is still a lot of fun however I wanted there to be more from it.
Extremely Mixed Feelingsemptyhaven | Jan. 17, 2015 | See all emptyhaven's reviews »
I really like how this game looks. It's a step up from the previous games, though maybe not entirely as much as 5, but still better.
The whole premise of the game is wonderful too. Beyond Earth gives you a sense of exactly that: civilization has moved on past our atmospheric boundaries, and we find ourselves in the far reaches of space.
What bothers me is that it feels entirely like the same Civ game again. Except in space. Things are definitely new, and there are some choice mechanics that do stand out, since we're in space and all, but the whole feel of gameplay feels the same as in 5.
I will still give them points though for that. It just means that at its very core, it is still a good Civ game. I just maybe wished there was more.
So I love the game, and I don't love the game, but I enjoyed it a lot, which is why I'm giving this game a pretty high score, with all things considered.
Fun and Thought Provokingmetallicacdclp | Dec. 16, 2014 | See all metallicacdclp's reviews »
As a long time player of Sid Meier's Civilization 5 strategy game, I approached Beyond Earth with high expectations. I wasn't surprised at the diversity of the maps, the depth of the story and the vast possibilities within the brand new tech tree (it's actually a web now!). The only issues I experienced at launch affected the full screen resolution at certain frame-rates. I am happy to report that this has been resolved! The issue was restricting a large quantity of player who have 120 hz + monitors to a low resolution, something like 1024x768. This was circumvented by playing windowed, but that is no longer required. Enjoy the game, and Happy Holidays!
Everything I expectedmajorcosmo | Dec. 13, 2014 | See all majorcosmo's reviews »
I bought this game about a week after it was released, and I love it! While I agree with people about the linear nature of some parts, it creates an actual atmosphere for the game to be played. I also love how the aliens are reactionary to how you play, not just mindlessly trolling like barbarians.... (hated those things). Only complaint is that the wonders are almost pointless. I get the same bonuses from another city and then some compared to one wonder. All in all, fabulous game.
meh, stick with Civ V for nowBaku_7 | Nov. 28, 2014 | See all Baku_7's reviews »
This game will be pretty good once all the updates, expansions, and DLC are released. Civ V is better, though. ten times over.
This one is a bit buggy (animations, broken quests), there's less dialog from the AI leaders, less animations, less leaders to choose from, tech web is all 1 color so it's just bland and a bit confusing at first, doesn't feel like there's as much progression or feeling of achievement, etc.
Terrain/landscape is bland, mostly all the same colors. Aliens are a cool addition, better than barbarians, but it's still so-so.
Feels like an overhaul mod made by someone on their own free time. Which, if it was, would be impressive. But it doesn't feel like a new game or new experience, and I'm extremely disappointed that I pre-ordered this. I've just gone back to Civ V and will stay with Civ V for a long time.