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.
Promising, but just a little lackingpsychosis01 | July 1, 2015 | See all psychosis01's reviews »
If you're debating between this and Civ 5, go with the latter. Quick notes on gameplay concepts: UI leaves a bit to be desired - for example, you can display trade routes on the map, but I couldn't find a quick and easy way to get a list of what trade routes are up, other than building a new trade unit. Tech umbrella instead of a hierarchy - great idea, but it's easy to get lost in the sauce as you expand research outward. Affinities - I like that everyone is more homogeneous at the beginning and then specialize as time advances, but it "feels" like it shouldn't take so like to advance in affinity ranks. The combat is my biggest critique - siege weapons are critical in a game where you can't stack more than one combat unit on a tile, but given that 1) most capitals are located by water and 2) 90% of ranged units only have a range of 2 means that it's rather difficult to achieve the domination victory. I hope that the upcoming expansion really fleshes out and fixes some of the gameplay issues.
Fun!! ..but it's no Alpha Centaurioctoxan | June 6, 2015 | See all octoxan's reviews »
One of the best games I've ever played growing up was Alpha Centauri, so when this spiritual successor was announced I freaked out. The game is really fun but it doesn't have all the features of the last game which is about 15+ years old. No water cities (until the expansion) and all of the civilizations feel bland. Don't let that fool you though, the game is still worth $60 in my opinion. If you love Civilization V but want customizable units, missions, and the whole game to have a scifi skin, then go for it! It's different enough than V to be worth it, but it's still no AC.
Effectively an overpriced DLCZaggeta | May 12, 2015 | See all Zaggeta's reviews »
Beyond Earth is basically a reskinned version of Civ 5 with a few minor gameplay tweaks. The most notable of these tweaks being cultural alignments determining civ appearance and victory conditions. In regards to the alignments - I'd much rather have what Civ 5 has and have my initial civilization determine my appearance. As it stands, there is basically no reason for having separate civilizations. The new victory conditions, from an expositional perspective, are nice - but boring by Civ standards. All in all, this could have been infinitely better as an expansion to Civ 5 and would probably have been accepted better.
To be honest I would choose Civ 5 over this.Brandenbc | Feb. 13, 2015 | See all Brandenbc's reviews »
I was playing this game with a friend of mine we had a hard time navigating through their tech tree. The gameplay and everything else didn't really have the Civ 5 feel to it. I know this game is supposed to be futuristic and what not, but I feel as if they would somehow have implemented this into Civ 5 with the same setup it would be acceptable. Me and my friend quit playing after about 2 hours cause it was boring to us then we went back to Civ 5. Then we played that for about 5 hours or more. I would give this game a rating of 5/10.
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.