Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award winning Civilization series. As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, lead your people into a new frontier, explore and colonize an alien planet and create a new civilization in space.
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Release Date: Oct 23, 2014

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“A must play for strategy fans”
9 out of 10 – GAME INFORMER

“Successfully injects new life into Sid Meier's long-running strategy series”
9 out of 10 – POLYGON

“Stellar”
9 out of 10 – DESTRUCTOID

About This Game

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 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.
  • 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.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB ATI HD3650 or better, 256 MB nVidia 8800 GT or better, or Intel HD 3000 or better integrated graphics
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c‐compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Other Requirements: Initial installation requires one-time Internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Microsoft Visual C++2012 Runtime Libraries and Microsoft DirectX.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® Vista SP2 / Windows® 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD HD5000 series or better (or ATI R9 series for Mantle support), nVidia GT400 series or better, or Intel IvyBridge or better integrated graphics
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c‐compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: DirectX: DirectX version 11, or Mantle (with supported video card)
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9.5 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 (2.2 ghz)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon 4850 / nVidia 640M /Intel HD 4000
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: NOTICE: It is possible for Mac and PC to become out of sync during updates or patches. Within this short time period, Mac users will only be able to play other Mac users. NOTICE: The following video chipsets are unsupported for Civilization: Beyond Earth (Mac) • ATI Radeon X1000 series, HD 2400, 2600, 3870, 4670, 6490, 6630 • NVIDIA GeForce 7000 series, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, 320, 330, GT 120 • Intel GMA series, HD 3000
    Minimum:
    • OS: SteamOS, Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel Core i3, AMD A10
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 260
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Don't meet the above requirements? That doesn't mean your configuration wont run Civilization: Beyond Earth. Visit the Beyond Earth community page to share your experience with other Linux players and learn about how to send bugs to Aspyr. Your feedback will help us improve Civilization: Beyond Earth Linux and future AAA Linux releases!
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
I loved Civilization V. I had hoped this would be Civilization V in space. And... it sort of is. It is a cut down, largely simplified Civilization V. It is deeper in a few areas, but much shallower in most. And in particular, thee is NO reason to play it more than three times, if that. The different paths do not play hugely different, and once you play all three, there is nothing new to keep you coming back. Needed more depth and gameplay variety to keep you coming back. This should have been just a Civ 5 expansion pack.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
90.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
This game got a lot of bad early press for not being Civ 5. I however like that it is different game with different balances. The ability to chose your own traits and upgrades gives you the freedom to play the way you want to, rather then the way you're forced to.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
55.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Did you like Alpha Centauri / Alien Crossfire? I'm afraid this game isn't for you. That's all I would have wanted to know, before purchase.

Everything that was fun in SMAC: resource gathering, colony creation, secret projects, sci-fi technology, and the over-the-top, memorable faction leaders, have been reworked so that everything is, and everyone are, tedious and uninteresting. After forcing myself to keep playing, I found that the process of combat and the threat of native wildlife are better than they were in SMAC. The game is pretty, and the soundtrack is excellent. But at its core, as many people say, it is not much more than a mod of Civilization 5.

This review does not reflect the Rising Tides expansion, but I'm not sure I can find it in me to make that purchase. Maybe some day.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
219.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Not a bad game but the DCLs should have been part of the core game. Wait for it to be on sale if you're gonna get it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
I regret my decision
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
How you mess up sci-fi is absolutely beyond me. This could have been an amazing game, but the economy and diplomacy systems are completely and utterly screwed. Due to this, it ruins the game. They could have made this game insanely good if they would have concentrated on the core gameplay, but the developers obviously put too much time and effort into the graphics... which is the only decent thing about this game, and that's a shame. If I was to put a price on this then I'd say to only buy it when it's at £9.99 or lower. It's totally not worth the money with the current price being £29.99.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
334.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
The game is getting bad reviews for "not being civ 5" or not as good as it, honestly i have never played civ 5, but it is worth the $40, it is a fun game, and does bring new aspects to the table as compared to 3 or 4 (and probably 5, but as i said i have not played that one).
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Fantastic soundtrack, awesome plot, gameplay's alright.

Main complaint: no gandhi
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
If humans cannot even manage Earth and not stop killing each other, why do you think they be "better" on some other planets?
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
112.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Did you like Sid Meyer's Alpha Centauri? Do you wish you had the concept of that game, but that it looked exactly like Civilization V? Do you think that EA needs more of your money on a game you bought 15 years ago? If so, this is the game for you!

Actually, it's a good game, but if you played Alpha Centauri and Civ V, this is really just the two concepts repackaged into one. Try to get it on sale.
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wolf
18.5 hrs
Posted: December 6
I was hesitant to buy this game due to the negativity it has attracted, but I went ahead and bought it anyway in the recent sale and I'm glad I did. I haven't really played Civ 5 enough to be able to compare it in terms of depth of gameplay, but I much prefer Beyond Earth's sci fi context over the historical context of the regular Civ games, and after 18 or so hours of play under my belt I can confidently say that I am really enjoying Beyond Earth and can see myself playing a lot more of it.
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mintymind
227.9 hrs
Posted: December 5
no
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Whuuuut
75.6 hrs
Posted: December 4
Avoid this and Civ 6 as well.
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Mr Wülf
0.5 hrs
Posted: December 3
Steam let me write a review even though I don't own it



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Gman
424.1 hrs
Posted: December 2
Awesome addition to Civ games. Just because it doesn't emulate Civ 5 doesn't mean it isn't a good game. It's great in fact. The way you upgrade your species, the alien nests, cool background, better combat system, everything. Don't why there are so many haters.
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Spalls Hurgenson
13.8 hrs
Posted: December 2
In many ways, Beyond Earth is a disappointing game.

That's an unusual thing to say, given that - like all the other games in the franchise - Beyond Earth was so additively engrossing that it has since been banished from my hard-drive. It is too dangerous a game to leave installed, since its "just-one-more-turn" gameplay speaks to my compulsive side; if I am not careful then before I know it, it is 4 AM and I've been playing non-stop for 8 hours. One might - quite correctly - assume that this is a hallmark of a good game.

But for all that Beyond Earth shares its brethren's habit-forming qualities, it does not go beyond them. It feels all too familiar in all the important areas, and the few changes it boasts are superficial and unappealing. The units and factions might all have new names, but it still doesn't stray the least from the tried-and-true formula. Were this a simple remake of the series - where you build up eponymous civilization from the stone ages - this might not be so noticeable but set in a high-tech 22nd century interstellar future, it's hard to rectify this with building up your entire society - again - from a single city.

That is not to say the developers did not attempt to shake things up, but the new features aren't particularly well done. They feel more like they've re-skinned the old game, renaming the old familiar options with confusing new - and poorly explained - terminology. I have a good idea what a catapult or cruiser does in classic Civilization, but Beyond Earth has units with names like AEGIS, CARVR, and Throne, and I've no idea what those do? Instead, I'm constantly forced to resort to the badly designed (white text on a dark background? Whose idea was that?) glossary just to figure out what unit does what. It's tech-web is similarly over-designed, offering little sense of progression. Is my civilization truly more advanced now that I have figured out "Transcendental Math" or "Mechatronics", or does it just offer some generic stats upgrade? Too often I can't tell. Its factions and affinities, and its marvels and virtues are likewise a mess of confusing ideas that never quite gel together well.

So while it was a welcome return to the Civilization's gameplay loop, ultimately Beyond Earth felt more like a hacked-together mod than a refinement or advancement of the franchise; a conglomeration of new ideas tossed into the mix simply for the sake of adding something new rather than because it made for a better game. The compelling nature of its gameplay remains solid, but ultimately I think I'd have been better off just playing Civilization 4.

Having said that, it still gets a recommendation because, c'mon, it's a Civ game.
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