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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May 11

Take One More Turn in Civilization VI

We’re excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Civilization franchise by announcing Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, the next entry in the award-winning turn-based strategy franchise. Be sure to follow the Steam Community group here and add the game to your Steam wishlist!
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, set to launch on PC on October 21, 2016, offers new ways to interact with your world, expand your empire across the map, advance your culture and compete against history’s greatest leaders to build a civilization that will truly stand the test of time. Your story begins later this year!

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI includes:

  • EXPANSIVE EMPIRES: See the marvels of your empire spread across the map like never before. Each city spans multiple tiles so you can custom build your cities to take full advantage of the local terrain.
  • ACTIVE RESEARCH: Unlock boosts that speed your civilization’s progress through history. To advance more quickly, use your units to actively explore, develop your environment, and discover new cultures.
  • DYNAMIC DIPLOMACY: Interactions with other civilizations change over the course of the game, from primitive first interactions where conflict is a fact of life, to late game alliances and negotiations.
  • COMBINED ARMS: Expanding on the “one unit per tile” design, support units can now be embedded with other units, like anti-tank support with infantry, or a warrior with settlers. Similar units can also be combined to form powerful “Corps” units.
  • ENHANCED MULTIPLAYER: In addition to traditional multiplayer modes, cooperate and compete with your friends in a wide variety of situations all designed to be easily completed in a single session.
  • A CIV FOR ALL PLAYERS: Civilization VI provides veteran players new ways to build and tune their civilization for the greatest chance of success. New tutorial systems are designed to introduce new players to the underlying concepts of Civilization so they can easily get started on a path to victory.
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #OneMoreTurn, and be sure to follow the Civilization franchise on social media to keep up to date with the latest news and information on Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.

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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

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.


  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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.
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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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The Third Child
( 25.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Just, just no....

If you want to play this, stop, uninstall and then proceed to reinstall Civ 5. This game is a shadow of it's predecessor's self. The tech web is a hot mess, the Alien AI is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ on all difficulties, and they couldn't even be bothered voicing the civilization leaders.

I Hope Civ 6 is NOTHING like this game -_-
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( 39.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
This game gets mixed reviews but I like it. The new expansion adds a lot of features the base game didn't and polishes it up a bit. If you like Civilization and you like the space setting I'd recommend buying the game, it's not perfect but it's good for many hours of fun and, while not the best Civ game out there, it's definitely worth playing and isn't bad.
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( 38.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28

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( 50.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Good mechanics, good diplomacy, excellent tech tree. But... Lack of buildings, cold feel, and long term games loosing the spark. Why? Because it simply gets repetitive, I feel like there's something missing. I think you shouldn't be able to upgrade troops, instead you should get new ones as the game evolves. If a civilization has one upgrade over you, you will get smashed in combat. Aliens are really painful at the start of the game it happens often that you get completely invaded and can't do anything. And there are no luxuries in the game. I also feel like some items from Civ 5 are drastically missing. Like boats, for example, there are only two main naval units. Also, wonders aren't that important anymore. It feels like building them is pretty much useless. But the main aspect that is missing is population interaction. There is no more religion, it feels like the people are just robots, you hardly notice they exist. As a cherry on the cake, the graphical aspect makes the game feel really cold and lonely. Some people love it, but others, like me find it to be diverting me to other occupations. This game will keep you entertained for some time, but you play a few games and then simply get bored of what it offers, which is my case. 50 hours in and I simply don't feel like clicking play now...
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Waste of money. No improvement over 5, might as well not exist.
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( 233.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
I hear all the naysaying :P Its a little unfair tbh. If you play the game at harder lvls its actually tougher than civ5. Once they came out with the rising tide dlc it became a functional game. The game needs a little more complexity though. Maybe a revamped science tree with more things. also id like the game to implement 3 way: harmony, purity and supremacy upgrades as this is plausable but not in the game. Diplomacy needs a little work, ill have conquered a leader down to one city and they scream blue murder about my death when there is 50 troops sitting around that city :P When the game first launched it was crap and ppl are still angry about that. The consensus was that is expected from garbage corporate video game manufacturers. We expected a more polished product from sid meier. This being said if you have rising tide its a playable and fun game.
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A Mint 1990 Ford Windstar
( 24.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Really disappointed I bought this at full price. No it wasnt suppose to be a civ sequal. Just felt it lacked. Too bad. :(
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( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
There is a lot of fun to be had here. It is not as bad as some say, the factions just lack some personality or relatability. Otherwise is a reskinned Civ5 with some improvements made like the quests. I would recommend this to any Civ fan if they can get it on a big sale like I did.
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( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
This game is the space version of civ 5 but still had a lot of fun with it
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( 67.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Hello! This is my first steam review (here i go).

First off i'd like to say that i waited 14 years for this game. Civilization was the first computer game i ever owned. I played the played the first Civ so much that i melted my first laptop :0 Civ I shaped me in to the gamer I am today.

After losing my first few games of Civ I, I set it to chieftain VS 8 Random, picked Babylon and started again. Thing is, Hammurabi and I had a goal: Space. The 'pedia said I could build a ship. Without knowing what would happen once it was done, we started on that path.

It was a long game, almost timed out, but we did it. My first win. Cue the music, vauge cut-scene and credits.. Wait, CREDITS?!? This was the end? It seemed as though something vital was missing.

But I would not find it until here, in my 24th year. A chacne to play Emperor on alien worlds.
Hammurabi has been AVENGED!

Like turn based strategy but have never played a Civ game? You'll probably like this. If you are a Civ vet, the more you compare it to other Civ games, the less it will "feel" like one. Its its own this with very different paceing

I want a Civ V expansion that would bridge the gap :P

The real "story" for me is the history of my empire.

Does its job. Doesn't distract you and most of the time helps the "One More Turn" immersion vibe.

Too cartoony at some points.

(To avoid wonkey loads)
When using a mod that in any way changes any unit; After pressing the continue button on the mod selection menu and the next menu loads, press Escape. This will send you back to the mod selection menu. Hit accept again and you are good to go.

Needs the Riseing Tide Expansion for true awesomeness
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Jovany UNCUT
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Mantle on the lastest AMD drivers (16.5.3) and it STILL CRASHES on launch. wtf
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( 86.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
The game is absolutely amazing in a spectacular way. I really wish they would come out with more differentiating maps and more sponsors from different countries. As to more artifacts that give you more buildings and benefits throughout the game, as to the AI, they need to be more advanced because I myself find it peticularily easy to beat them.
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( 30.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
If you are not super into these games I would not recommend this. It is not bad by any means by the A.I is ♥♥♥♥, both neutral monsters and opponents. So if you are not an online guy or gal, or have a friends with you this is not that great. I hear the original Civ V (5) is better, maybe look into that.

I thought the future thing would be cool, and it is but the poor A.I and neutral monsters that just swarm your observers even on low difficulties are too much of a hassle for me, also the "health" stat is quite a nuance!
So to reiterate, not bad, but not too exciting if you are solo and not super into civ games, by which there are probably better civ games to play so, yeah.
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Jason Frost
( 113.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Really cool game.. especially with the new affinity and hybrid units...
Always love smokin an alien or killing an enemy unit..!!
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sir hammerlock
( 40.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
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Anomalous Prodigy
( 245.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
New civ players might be wondering why this game has such bad ratings like I did. It's not a horrible game, but after playing this game for 200 hours then playing civ 5 for 20 hours you realize that this game is a major downgrade. Nothing in this game is as deep as civ 5 gameplay. Affinity was an interesting concept, allowing you to invest into something that would make your empire play differently, but the concept was poorly executed. You end up getting points for all three affinity types whether you want to or not. This makes "specialized" buildings and units available to everyone. Interaction with other civs is almost restricted to going to war with them because you don't need to rely on them for trade routes or research agreements. The diplomacy is dull. The whole game is dull. Don't play civ 5 or your standards for a good game will be raised too high.
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( 44.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Lots of bad reviews for this game. Honestly I don't really feel anything towards it. Civ games always feel like drugs to me. Once I start I just can't stop. The max amount of rounds should be like 2000 or something. Still, doesn't matter cause the AI always destroys me at round 180+ kek :')

Tl;dr: I like it it's not that bad
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( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Good game but just not enougth content to be sold for so much just go buy Civ5.
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( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
All they had to do was make an in space version of civ 5 and it would have been great.

Unfortunantly, they tried to make an entirely new game and failed miserably.

Not only are the new mechanics confusing, but unkillable giant worms spawn in the early turns and kill all your units... leaving you frustrated and unable to explore.

Very disapointing game.
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96 of 110 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
114.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 6

Having played Civ II, III, IV, V and BE before and after the Rising Tide expansion, there are pros and cons to each. Civ 5 is currently the most popular game in the franchise, and as such, I'll be comparing Civ BE to it.

Pros of Beyond Earth:
*Building wide (many cities) is viable, and even preferable. "Health" replaces happiness as the population limiter that was in Civ 5, and it is much much easier to deal with. For starters, health is more of a spectrum. There are bonuses to having extra health while the penalties for negative health are less intense and more gradual. I've always enjoyed being very expansionistic in the Civ games and was disappointed that this is less accessible in Civ 5. If you enjoy playing wide, ruling a vast empire, and have a thing for manifest destiny, Beyond Earth will certainly fill that more than Civ 5.

*Combat and tactics is the best it's ever been. Civ 5 made great progress in removing the ability to stack units, but my biggest complaint about it is the lack of unit diversity until around the WWII era. In Beyond Earth, you can get your infantry, cavalry, ranged, siege, air, naval, submarines, etc. all relatively early in the game. In Civ 5, you're stuck with only about 3 unit types for over half the game. There are also several special units for each "affinity." Each unit can be upgraded with different promotions selected as you level up your affinity. There are also sattellites that can be launched. These orbital units range from simple solar collectors that give you extra energy (gold) on the affected tiles to lasers that can bombard cities from space.

*Affinities. These are essentially the ideologies Civ 5 added in it's Brave New World expansion. You have one of three affinities to choose from which will dictate how humanity will progress through the game. Purity focuses on perfecting the human form. Supremacy merges humanity with machines. Harmony merges humanity with alien life. Your affinity can affect win conditions, unit types, available buildings/wonders, and diplomatic relations. It also functions as a great narrative device.

*Tech web. In Civ 5, you start in the ancient era and research technologies through a tree. In Civ BE, you start in the near future at the center of a tech web. The end-game techs are on the outside of the web, but you still choose which techs you want and when you want them. Though this can be a lot to take in, this does allow much flexibility in the way you build your empire.

You may have more things you like, but these are the large selling points for me.

Cons of Beyond Earth.
*Few victory conditions. You have a choice of domination, contact (similar to science victory), or an affinity-based victory. Though I personally go for domination victories regardless of which Civ game I'm playing, it is nice to have more options. Civ 5 allows you domination, cultural, science, and diplomatic victories, all of which have a fairly deep way of obtaining them. Beyond Earth basically has a domination victory and two separate science victories. (Your affinity victory will be largely dictated by your science and production.)

*Culture is shallow and there is no religion. Religion was added to Civ 5 via the Gods and Kings expansion. Though there was no religious victory, religion could influence your civilization greatly and influence diplomatic relations as well. Culture exists in the way of virtue trees, similar to the social policies of Civ 5. These virtues are well-worth gunning for which does add value to culture, but there is no way to "win" with culture. Focusing on culture would allow more virtues thus resulting in a stronger civ, but again, you can't win on culture alone anymore.

*Civ leaders are relatively stale. The passive buffs to each civ are interesting, but the personalities of each leader are pretty dry. Honestly, I think the biggest reason for this is that they are not representations of historical figures. Rather, the leaders are entirely fictious. This makes it more difficult to develop and flesh out an impressive persona. I find the leaders and their dialogue to be just as animated and dramatic as previous games in the series. The difference, however, is that when meeting Genghis Khan in a Civ 5 game, I have historical knowledge to draw on and it helps bring the character to life. Meeting the leader of Space Africa, I only have what I experience in-game.

I've also left out several aspects of Beyond Earth that others may enjoy. The Pros listed are simply the reasons that bring me back to BE. The game gets a bad rep, but there are things about Civ 5 that make me want to play it, and there are other things about Civ BE that make me want to play that instead.

At the end of the day, Civ 5 is the deeper game. There are more victory types allowing in different ways to focus on building your empire. All yields are critical in Beyond Earth, but not all of them result in victory. There are more leaders to choose from in Civ 5 as well. Despite this, I keep finding myself coming back to Beyond Earth. Both games feel different to me, and I highly enjoy playing them both. I personally have always loved having a massive army and empire while fighting wars with other superpowers. That experience is a rarity in Civ 5 whereas it's a promise in Beyond Earth.

I've left any mention of the Rising Tide DLC out of the review as I have not had ample time to play it. These are all my assertions on the base game. If you like civ, outer space, and are looking for a new experience then give Beyond Earth a shot. It's worth the price tag, but sales never hurt either. If you want someone to play with, go ahead and add me and I'd love to join in!
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I played this as a direct continuation of my Civ V game, so with that being said i didn't expect more than expansion.

Enjoyed the tone of the game and familiar mechanics, some parts are shallow or feeling missing. But once again I didn't come in expecting a groundbreaking 4x game, I wanted Sci-fi and Civ fused.

MP works fine and well, had some fun with sunbros.

I have yet to try the DLC, but i hear its what the game needed. Cannot confirm that at this moment.

That being said, take it or leave it. I will say, that if this game isn't for you, but want that Sci-fi feel...try Endless Space


*EDIT AS OF 05/23/16
So far i really like the DLC, adds a lot of new elements i would have liked to seen on release, but then again I am just happy to have it. Still playing.
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26 of 39 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
34.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
I've spent over 30 hours playing this, and while the Rising Tide DLC makes the ocean a whole lot more beautiful, I kept looking for the enjoyment I got out of Civ V but couldn't find it anywhere here.


Wait for all the DLC to be out and buy it over on a christmas sale. Unless they have some revolutionary DLC to release, it isn't worth the $80 price tag I bought it for.
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45 of 75 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
I recommend this game to no one.

If you want a 4x grand strategy empire builder on a planet, buy Civ 5 complete or EU4.
If you want a 4x grand strategy empire builder in space, buy Stellaris.
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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
How much i liked the game...
Civilization V- 755 hours of play
Europa Universalis IV- 403 hours of play
Civilization Beyond Earth- 21 hours of play
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
This game has received huge critcism from several sources, but despite reading all of this I still brought it, and i'm glad I did, at first it is very difficult to understand with lots of new situations andchallenges to adapt to, but I feel this is all part of the experience of the game. It gives an interesting insight to things that at this rate of scientific discoveries are very plausible situations that we could be in. I'd recommend buying the Rising Tide DLC as it really adds to the game, for example aquatic cities, they're so fun but also hard to manage, this game seems to be severely underrated and i'd really recommend it to civ players with expererience of the franchise but i'd lean towards Civ 5 for new players, I look forward to future updates and DLCs and, with civ 6 rumoured to be released this summer, I can't wait to see the latest installment if it is indeed released. It is a thoroughly enjoyable game with good graphics and designs, It is interesting from start to finish and fun, I hope you enjoy this game if you do indeed buy it, thx!

I'd rate this game about 84/100
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85 of 154 people (55%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
This game was so bad it's affecting my decision to preorder civ 6.
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17 of 28 people (61%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
It's a Civ V reskin without the personality of the previous game. Do not buy.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
213.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
A lot of people aren't fans of BE, and for good reason - it needs more polish. That said, Rising Tide added a metric boatload of polish and turned BE into a much better game. So, if you haven't picked this up along with Rising Tide, do so immediately! It's seriously worth it! It's full of cool mechanics and ideas that I'd like to see in the next Civ titles, like orbitals, affinities, and agreements.

Maybe if we could get another expansion pack, this would be just as good as BE. Give this wonderful game a try, I promise you it's a whole lot better now!
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Honestly not worth the purchase, it had a tragic release that soon had a dlc which hadn't improved a great deal of it. and it also would appear that this game is pretty much abandoned with Civ VI on the horizon. Currently, it would be a better investment to purchase Civ V and its DLC, or wait for Civ VI to come out, though I wouldn't recommend preordering due to the shocking release of both Civ 5 and Civ BE.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
This game is not worth $40, $20 yes. This game without the expanision is very bland and gets old VERY QUICK. Please lower the price of the expansion to $10. Its ridiculously overprices ATM
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
70.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
There is so much hate out there for this game and i dont think that it deservese that. So i decided to make an own review and try to stay as objective as i can.
So is Beyond Earth (BE) as bad as most of the Reviews here are trying to tell you? No!
Is it a good startegy game? Sure!
Is it as good or as deep as Civ V+Expensions? Hell, no!
Should you buy it? Well...

That depends on two very big and very improtant"If"s:
First of all and most important:

If you like the Setting

With the expansions, Civ V offers a way deeper and more diversified experience. If you are not into the SiFi-Setting and like the imagination of a few refugees trying to colonize a new alien planet, there is no reason to buy this game instead of Civ V. There are just so many Gameplay elements missing like Cultures, buildings and units you actualy know, Religions, Unique Units and buildings for every Civ. and so on. While at the other hand there are only a few new elements like:
  • The affinity system: This is mabey the coolest inovation of the whole game: You can become a culture of geneticly modified Treelovers who want to become one with the planet" (literaly), technophile Cyborgs who want to anihilate the filthy human race, or a group of soldiers which are only a orbital deploy system (which is researchable) away from beeing the "Space Mariens" which is almost a violation of Warhammer Copyrights (just kidding).
    Depending on your research- and questdecissions (which are the biggest influence for progression in the 3 types of affinity), your Units and Cities start to look more and more like those folks and get different stats. Together with the different planetskinis, that also affect the gameplay a little bit, this system gives the game a lot of replayabilty in addition to the already known variety of a campaign which is entirely based on random events.
  • Aliens
    Which are a silghtly more extensive version of the barbarians from other Civ-games, but dont expect more. They clearly missed an opportunity there.
  • Quests, Decisions and Planet Exploration:
    First of all, there are a lot of things to explore with your explorers. This gives you especialy in times of peace sth to do appart from building new colonies, building roads, building farms, or building buildings. Additionaly there are some bigger quests unlocked through exploration, research, progress or random events. They are intresting written (not extraordinary good nor bad) and give you a little bit of roleplay. Unfortunatly all the quest work the same way: Do Sth (most of the times constuct a building or research a tech) and then a decission which gives you some bonus out of it. But its still bigger and better than the Citystate-Quests from CIv V
    Additionaly, for every new building, there is a small decission-quest which gives you the opportunity to unlock addtional bonuses from them.
All of those quests are only written down - there are no videos or even pictures throughout the whole game, which is not only my biggest point of criticism but also the second If:

You can only enjoy the game, if you are willing to read through TONS of (at least in German language version) very complicated written texts.

In Civ-Games, you know exactly what you are doing, when you order f.e. the Pyramids, a Knight, or a City Wall, or research the Wheel. You know these things from your live, documantaries or from history education in school. In BE we are in a SiFi-Setting with tons of buildings, tech, units, resourses and so on you don't know. They have strange names and minimalistic Icons, that tell you absolutly nothing about how they look like, or even what they do at all. Even if you have completet a wonder, you get nothing but a lousy blueprint of that building. Yes that's right no video like in Civ IV or Civ II not even a freaking picture of how this would look like - just a STUPID BLUEPRINT! When you build the Great Wall in Civ 5, you know how it looks like from thousands of pictures and videos - you even might have visited it already in reallife. Whilst in BE you have NO IDEA what youre spending your production on, when you build the "Tectonic Anvil", or the "Stellar Codex".
This game would have desperatly needed videos, that show you your wonders in action, or at least big 3D-Models of all your Buildings and Wonders (like in Civ 2) in your city screen or at least some FREAKING PICTURES. But there is nothing of that. So you have 2 options: You either say: "♥♥♥♥ it" and just build strange icons with strange names only for their stats, then you're not goint to enjoy this game at all - as you just cant identify yourself one bit with your Colonies. This is why many people descripe this game as "soulless" even if the developers actualy put a lot of effort into the lore of their universe. The problem is, that the only way to "find" the soul of this game, is through the descriptions.
So what I recomment you to do is to read the description of EVERY SINGLE unit, every building, every wonder just everything. This is the only way to get an Idea of the lore and the universe you're in and the only way to get attached to the game. So while this is already a lot to ask from the modern gamer, who is used to have at least 5 hours of cutszence in their CoD Story Campaign. it's getting even worse:
All the descriptions are written from a retroperspective point of view: All, or at least most of your actions through the game have already happened. It's just written like the events in BE were based on our actual history (just like the other Civ games) and we are some colonists from the year 2400 or sth like that who are replaying their own past. While this might be a cool idea they just took it over the top by putting an overhelming number of scientific special words in their descriptions. It might be conceivable, that those words might be part of general knowledge in 300 years, but for today, you almost need a universty degree in Medicne, Biolgy, and Physics to 100% understand, what they are writing in those texts. Of course u can also get the point of the descriptions without understanding every single word, but if you're not used to a certain pretty high level of scientific parlance, you're going to have struggles to understand those descriptions, even if you are already willing to read them.
The decissions of how they try to immerse the player into their game are so poorly made, that i wish the responisble designer to get eaten by angry Xenos!

But if you think, that you are fulfilling both "Ifs", and are that type of player, that likes to create the biggest part of the story in his imagination and through the gameplay, just like it is needed in games like Skyrim, other Civ games or Total War games, you are going to have a lot of fun with this game. At the moment i enjoy BE more than Civ 5 just because of the Setting and the way the actualy pretty well written and described universe fuels the biggest graphics engine that exists: My imagination.
But if you're not a fan of the SiFi-Setting or are not that guy/girl that likes to read him/herself trough tons of text just to get a better immersion, there is no way to recommend this game over Civ V. Mabey you can check it out when it is at 10 Bucks on a Steam Sale.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
43.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Such a massively disappointing Civ game that I'm having trouble even beginning to describe it. It took 18 months in my library before I even finished my first game, just because I felt I somehow owed it to a franchise I've been playing since I was 8. I wish I hadn't.

The goal was obviously to take the game in new directions, abandoning things such as linear tech trees, unpredictable AI, and unit obsolescece. Credit where credit's due, those have been major complaints of the community for several iterations and they are no longer part of the game.

However, what they were replaced with seem shallow and unintuitive. Unit customization is just a shade of what was present in Alpha Centauri (a game which inevitably became the comparison for CIV BE), offering only two options that at times seem equally unimportant. The tech web was a difficult to navigate and harder to comprehend mess. The AI opinions were slim, and you can easily spend the whole game without ever drawing any opponent into meaningful conflict no matter how abusive you became towards them.

Not to mention minor quibbles, like the color pallette being evocative of an oil stain on an asphalt driveway. Or the incredibly anticlimatic "Wait timer" for victories. Or the shifting and sometimes senseless Affinity system. Or the ... you get the idea.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
457.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
I personally love this game! It's been too long since an updated version of Alpha Centauri came out, and this is everything I could've hoped it to be! The aliens, the terrain, the technology and the cities and armors themselves...fantastic remake/update!

My ONE complaint is that it's an absolute shame they didn't put more focus into making a second expansion to this game before continuing on to the next game altogether. Every other civ game had at least 2 expansions, if I recall correctly. But still, if this is all I get, then I'm still happy with what I've got.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
55.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Although not as recognizable in nations and characters as Civ V, Beyond Earth is better for fans of science fiction. The unit upgrade system adds an interesting new flavor to the game and tons of replay ability. The UI is polished and clean.
Yes, it did not meet the expectations, but it is nevertheless a great game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
This game is ok. I got it on sale so I don't feel jaded from the purchase. Not nearly as good as what I would expect from a Civilization game at all but it is fun for what it is worth. Not worth the full $39.99 at all in my opinion, that is far too much for a game that feels like a good attempt from an indie team. I can recommend this game only at the price I purchased it and that is at 50% off.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
After Rising Tide release this is a game worth purchasing and playing. I really enjoy interesting sci-fi concept of this new Civilization game. Several earth nations after a hard trip from Earth are landing on the unknown planet. First contact with other civilization, mysterious capsules with resources and tech from unsuccesful predecessors and ruins of vanished alien civilization. I imagine how game could be much more exciting if that "exploration" part of it would last for at least 30 minutes. Also I'd add different alien species not only those "bugs" :) A possibility to confront or even play for a race of intelligent aliens could add more atmosphere to the game.
I am pretty sure, that this game can not be succesful at multiplayer. Instead of it Beyond Earth could be the greatest game for playing with AI. It could be made by creating a constant feeling of exploration of the new world - more events, more targets and so on.

Diplomacy system is also very interesting. The only problem with that, that it takes too much time to study all possibilities of making agreements with other nations and to choose the one, that will lead to improving your position. Also nation leaders have their unique skills and features by which they evaluate their neghbors. If you want to play without fighting too much, you must study all that features not too accidently disappoint your neighbors. If you are playing on standart map with 7 AI players keeping all that information in mind is a bit challenging even if you consider yourself expirienced CIV player.

I love the way Civilization series are going, if I got it right :) I understand, that CIV games start to give a player more choices and possibilities in order to build a unique nation. Hope, that we will see more DLC for Beyond Earth.

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
game is bland and dull, lacks what made Alpha Centauri good.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I'm not saying it was aliens..
but it was aliens.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
47.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Having not been a gigantic in-depth Civ player in the past I'm not too sure what the hate toward this game is. It does seem more dumbed down than Civ5 but Civ5 was more dumbed down than 3 and 4, and thats just a trend games see to be unfortunately following these days (Fallout 3 to 4, Elder Scrolls 3 to 4 to 5, even the new Star Wars Battlefront is ridiculously basic).

But as far as a space strategy game goes, this is a decent basic one that can still steal away lots of time. If you'd rather spend your time on some grand space game you might want a true 4X one, but if you want Civ with aliens and astronauts then Beyond Earth is, truly, a lot of fun.
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