Sid Meier's Civilization®: Beyond Earth™ (NA)
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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.
Slightly inferior version of Civ 5knaughts | Nov. 8, 2014 | See all knaughts's reviews »
I'll focus on the negatives, since every other reviewer seems to wax poetic about all the great graphics. Beyond Earth reminds me of the original Civ 5, before the expansions. Remember guys: Brave New World made Civ 5 the amazing game it is today. It did not start that way. It's entirely plausible that Beyond Earth will be good after a couple expansions.
But it isn't good right now. For one, the balance is way off: Trade routes are MASSIVELY over-powered, whether internal or external. This problem is worsened by the fact that trade routes are limited not by empire (like in Civ 5), but by city. Health (Happiness) no longer acts as an empire limiter. In fact, since it's possible to make all of your cities have Net Positive Health, Beyond Earth finally brings back city-spamming. Yep! The optimal strategy is to have as many cities as you can produce, as fast as you can produce, tightly packed like sardines in a can. Gandhi would not be pleased.
The UI is a bit of a mess, too. The tech web is very difficult to navigate, because it's very hard to answer a question like "How can I improve this Chitin resource?", and because the icons looks very similar to eachother. Quests are buggy, and poorly marked on the map.
I also dislike the factions. The bonuses are so small that there's not much of a difference between the "More Food" people and the "More Combat" people. Either faction can easily focus on military or growth, and will achieve each in much the same way. I miss the specialization offered by Civ 5's civilizations: the Mongols necessarily play completely differently than the Koreans.
Firaxis might make Beyond Earth good with patches and expansions. They're a reputable company, with a big investment in the franchise. But they haven't yet; maybe you should wait to buy it until they do.
An Amazing Addition to the already Great SeriesJauren | Nov. 7, 2014 | See all Jauren's reviews »
When I picked up this game, I was confident that due to my ability to play on the harder difficulties in Civilization V, that this game would just offer to me the challenge of learning the new units and how to navigate the tech tree. Oh how I was sorely mistaken, and even though I am still in my first game(Because I play my games all the way to completion even when the outlook doesn't look good).
My first game settings are simply the normal difficulty on the largest map (because who doesn't love the longer games?) And when I started, I immediately noticed all of the differences and additions and to me, they are all awesome.
Pros: The pros to this game, at least to me, are as follows. 1) Brand new resources, leaders, and units. I particularly enjoyed the change in leadership and diplomacy style changes. Also, that trading is available already as well. 2) Warmongering is no longer very easy to do, and should be thought out carefully before hand.
After a few turns, another player landed near me, and somehow we ended up fighting each other to a stalemate, no one gaining anything. What I thought was enough troops turned out to not be at all, as you can no longer just wait until you out tech your enemies and steam roll them. These are just a couple in a long list, but they are the highest on that list.
Cons: No game is perfect, and watching all of the different mods coming out already tweaking things like the UI, and adding small mechanics like a clock show that others already are able to find improvements. Below is a couple of my cons. 1) Small Tech tree. I am assuming that with future DLC that there will be more added to this. But as is, it seems rather lacking as one would think there would be a whole wealth of things to research during this technological era. 2) Takes to long to be able to clear miasma. Miasma is a toxic gas that would damage your units per turn they are in there. Since I have only played one map, I can;t confirm if each map is as littered with the stuff as mine is, but I think that you should be able to research a way to clear that faster.
Overall this is a great game and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys turn based games and being able to calculate your next move.
Re-Skinned Civ 5anthonysmith62 | Nov. 3, 2014 | See all anthonysmith62's reviews »
It plays like Civilization 5, but without the huge tech tree and advancing through the ages. Tech tree in this game is awfully small, and the UI looks ugly. Aliens are cool yes, but after a while they just feel like reskinned barbarians. Factions are boring, and there is only total 8 of them, and the number of players in game is also limited compared to CIV 5. Beyond earth just feels really lifeless compared to CIV 5. If you really do want to buy this game, I would wait until price drop
Sid Meier's Continues to SucceedFreshFeed | Oct. 30, 2014 | See all FreshFeed's reviews »
When the first trailer for Beyond Earth was released in early 2014 I couldn't believe what I was watching. The cinematography made it seem as if the game was a movie. Since then I've been nothing but excited for the release. Upon first play the game mechanics are very similar to that of Civ V, which is a good thing. Nothing is drastically changed although the idea and theme are completely new and fresh. There is so much to learn and I'm excited to put hundreds of hours into this game. I'm still on my first game save, and I have a solid 6 hours played already. Add in the multi-player games with your friends will give this game plenty of replay value. I strongly recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of strategy games or fans of the Sid Meier franchise. 9.6/10 would highly recommend.
Everything I wanted in the new gameeagle114 | Oct. 27, 2014 | See all eagle114's reviews »
I loved civ 5 and put over 500 hours into the game. With Beyond Earth I was hoping it would improve on many of the issues of the victory conditions and linear tech trees. To my excitement it was accomplished! The game has some issues such as limited army units and a much larger learning curve for past civ players then I thought there would be. If you were accustomed to civ 5 be prepared to start with a fundamental understanding of the game, but no idea of how the meat of the game works. I enjoy this difficulty and think it was a smart idea on their part. This game truly has its own feel and character. Totally worth the buy!