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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

by 2K Games
 Ages 12 and Over
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Seed the Adventure: Establish your cultural identity by choosing one of eight different expedition sponsors, each with its own leader and unique gameplay benefits. Assemble your spacecraft, cargo & colonists through a series of choices that directly seed the starting conditions when arriving at the new planet.
  • Colonize an Alien World: Explore the dangers and benefits of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources, and hostile life forms unlike those of Earth. Build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes 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. The technology web is organized around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.
  • 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.


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  • Platform:   Windows 7 / 98 / 2000 / XP / Me
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: DVD-ROM
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Platform: PC
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  • ASIN: B00JQ04O5M
  • Release Date: 24 Oct. 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 701 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Platform: PC

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Civilization Beyond Earth
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Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth

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 cultural identity by choosing one of eight different expedition sponsors, each with its own leader and unique gameplay benefits. Assemble your spacecraft, cargo & colonists through a series of choices that directly seed the starting conditions when arriving at the new planet.
  • Colonize an Alien World: Explore the dangers and benefits of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources, and hostile life forms unlike those of Earth. Build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes 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. The technology web is organized around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.
  • 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.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Pros-

~Well designed game worlds with beautiful landscapes make the Civ 5 maps look bland in comparison.

~ Ability to choose faction bonuses before you start the game and adopt one of three affinities during the game allows for a more personalised gaming experience than previous Civ games. This includes unique units, buildings and unit/city appearance.

~ New Tech Web provides a non-linear technology progression which furthers allows you to personalise the game towards your playing style.

~ Use of spies in the game is now much more appealing and fun to use.

~ Use of quests keeps the game interesting and always gives you something to work towards.

~ Great soundtrack

Cons-

~ Only 8 factions in the game means that your games start to feel a little repetitive playing the same opponents all the time.

~ Tech web is too crowded and a little confusing to look at.

~ Quests seem a little linear and don't differ from game to game. Needs more random and personalised quests to your situation in game.

~ Very small selection of units and a poor range of upgrades available.

~ Aliens are very predictable and not used to their full potential. Step up from Barbarians in Civ 5 though.

~ Starts to feel repetitive after you've played through a few games

Opinion-

Great base game with some great new additions to the game play that provide a breath of fresh air from Civ 5. Retains the classic 'One more turn...' Civ game style that will have you playing games all day and well into the early hours. Developers have made steps towards making the factions more customisable and personalised.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gonna be good ... One day! 1 Nov. 2014
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I have to admit it took me quite a while to get to grips with this game even though it's actually very similar to Civ 5 underneath. I found the tech-web tough to understand (probably because nothing is familiar) and deciding what to do with the aliens was something of a puzzle. They were a real nuisance but much too tough to wipe out easily, and it was a long hard road trying to befriend them. The net result was a complex rather boring game where I never really knew exactly what I was trying to do or where I was going.

It was only when I began to see that following one affinity was the way forward (in my case Purity). The tech-web then started to become clearer. Purity specialisation technology was largely to the left of the web, Harmony to the right and Supremacy at the top (or was it bottom, can't remember). Pushing forward in one direction and picking up specific affinities soon upgrades your feeble units till you're happily blasting aliens in all directions (if that's your choice). You have to take the odd necessary tech here and there in other directions but the orientation is largely correct.

The game then actually started to be fun!

That said, it's very a slow and long-winded game. 500 moves are the maximum available for a win but each move requires more attention and work than Civ 5 and makes the game seem very ponderous Likewise some of the simple Civ features are missing for no good reason (for example there is no obvious indication of what you've just built in a city and you have to check a list and work it out, and the special resources are not clearly marked and you have to pour over the map to find them as they become available). Also it's true the number of units is seriously limited, but to be fair the massive upgrades offset this to some extent.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite there 26 Oct. 2014
By Proxeny
Platform for Display:PC
This really does feel like Civilization V all over again. Not the game play mechanics mind you, but the feeling that this game won't truly reach it's heights until at least one expansion pack and a myriad of patches.

The distant world setting is initially alluring, especially for a sci-fi nut like myself, and everything does indeed feel 'alien'. The new landscape, natural resources and local wildlife come together to form a coherent aesthetic that initially takes you right out of your Civ comfort zone. Progressing through the innovative technology web also manages to convey a sense that you're exploring a multitude of scientific breakthroughs, which is refreshing after the linear historical progression of the traditional Civilization series. Throw in the quests, affinity and virtue systems (new ways to customise and individualise your Civilization, with affinity defining the victory conditions) and there is much new ground to tread and mechanics that force you to develop new strategies.

Unfortunately all of these positives are let down by the horrible AI; both from your opponents and the native alien species. The aliens should have been a defining aspect of the game but after around 80-100 turns become obsolete. Your opponents act irrationally, rarely instigate combat and just end up being incredibly boring (it doesn't help that they lack the personality of historical figures from past Civ games). The result is an overwhelmingly passive atmosphere in which everyone is clicking next turn whilst building the end-game victory wonder - not really that engaging.

If the AI can be rebalanced and expanded, and a bit more thought put into the aliens role, this game would be a lot more fun.
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