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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November 30, 2015

The Wonder War and Chungsu's New Colors: Changes to Beyond Earth - Rising Tide



There is a new update available for Rising Tide. This update introduces the Wonder War, allows for Domination-focused plundering of an opponent’s final city, adds additional information about Artifact rewards, expands the Black Market Covert Op, and makes additional bug fixes and UI improvements. And last but not least, we’ve updated the colors for Chungsu.

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Reviews

“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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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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[ZEK] Grillo
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
a truly disappoiting game for every fan of Civ 5 and 4. Not enough depth in the gameplay and the interface is just unattractive. I don't believe DLC's can fix the major issues of the game :(
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c0mad0r
( 179.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Worst Firaxis title ever. Don't bother unless it's on sale for $9.99 and you don't mind getting bored after a few hours. The expansion doesn't help, so that's yet another waste of money. Just move on, this game stinks.
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gablamy
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
not so bad
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chelch
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
This is an incomplete Civ game with no identity. It would have been much better as DLC for Civ V (which I have almost 300 hours logged). The Tech Web is a mess. The Quest Decisions get old quick.
The only pros are combat and troop upgrades.
Hopefully they fix the crashing issues as it's pretty much unplayable right now.
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Miniolon
( 72.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I am doing this for the badge :)
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Necron Lold
( 61.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
It's 'ight, tech tree is neat, Supremacy designs are badass. But, as most of reviews say, and I totally agree with them, game's just almost empty and is designed for DLCs, vanilla, sadly, is just a carcass of a Civ game. Can't recommend, really. Go for Civ 5 or 4.
Also, bloody ez contact victory and illuminati on huge maps means no normal victory for you, she'll just say "Hey, ♥♥♥♥ yo Emancipation(or any other at that point) victory, I'll build this here beacon and you'll cry because I'm on the other side of the map. Cheers, sucka.".
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JocK
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Dont waste your money on this. i got it and its too late for me to get it refunded so just saying if you want a good SMC buy the V
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MystikSoulja
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Did not feel the same as Civ 5. Don't know what it is but it's not as engaging as the prequel.
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theophagia
( 156.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
This is a game full of flaws. Factions have little personality, writing outside of Codex ranges from mediocre to cringeworthy, and several mechanics are rather broken. The expansion helps make the early game interesting, but later on, it's even more lacking than most 4x titles.

And yet I have 150+ hours on it. Mostly because I'm just a sucker for sci-fi 4x, but BE is also very soothing. The soundtrack is excellent, the graphics (mostly) functional yet alien enough, and finding yet another unbalanced strategy is amusing. A few hours here and there, largely spent in early game, is great stress relief for me. So here's one very qualified upvote for BE, a much bigger timesink than many vastly superior games.
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UpN'Adam
( 31.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Don't get this game, save your money and your time. Play Civ 5, peace.
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Higher Primate
( 33.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
i prefer this to civ 5
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ApparentlySoviet
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
The only redeeming factor was the soundtrack.

Also, remember that no village was ever ruined by trade.
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Piktoll
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Pros:
+ Nice graphics
+ Team-based
+ Good atmosphere

Cons:
- Too many upgrades to mess with
- Aliens attack too early
- Miasma

5/10 next time baby
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WHARRGARBLSMURF
( 32.3 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.

4/10

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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Strifeboy
( 45.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
They give you the typical minimum stuff from civ games and forced dlc with actuall content and then ditch it because consumers hate the idea of getting 1/5th of a game.
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Sir Shitsalot
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Really shameful it a Sid Meier's "game". All this great titles and then there is this.. Just don't buy it. It might have turned out positive if it was released as a free dlc for Civ V.

Pros:
-It works
-It looks good

Cons:
-Empty
-They actually ask money for it
-Really empty
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Karol
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Overpriced mod for Civ5
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endermaster89
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
This Game is the bees knees it is like civ 5 but I love the affinitys and the tech tree is masive love the feeling of bombing a
enemy city with my needlejet or my artillery the aliens are more intrsting then barbarians I wish there were city states
but there are labs that you can trade with or raid them quests have intresting choices but some are no brainer choices
like health or cap city health but overall 8.5/10
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PurplePadawan
( 192.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
This game is wrong and needs not just *fixing* but entirely rethinking form the ground up.

After having tried very hard to like it, I have gone back to playing Civ IV which is a much much better game in every way concievable.
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Jonathan B
( 17.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
It's a re-skinning of Civilization 5 that doesn't add enough that's new and interesting to revitalize the original
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
196.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Sid Meier's Civilization®: Beyond Earth™ is another game from Firaxis and 2k studio.
In this version we're for the first time introduced to other planets,aliens,new nanotechnelogy web and mini quest sytem.
To be honest mini quest system and alien are probably the best thing they ever could do.
Thanks to new system of colonize and exploring we will fear to step at some terrain only to explore it,its all because of danger that is hidden there aka aliens and other civilaztions.

Gameplay
As always at the beggining of every Civilization its less dynamic and more likely "explore and do quest to be better".
So umm its boring but after few rounds you wont say that again 'cause alien attacks,wars with other civilizations,new side quests and more.

Audio
Soundtracks are as always beautiful as they used to be , you never feel like song is always the same because they change pretty fast and you can't tell when.
Sounds and soundtrack always were masterpiece and most enjoyable.

Grahpics
As for a strategic game graphics are on godlike leve in my opinion.Difference in quality is only in shaders,shadows and water.
Ultra graphics can run even on low spec PC and Laptop with mini lag spikes.

Verdict - 8/10

I love civilization games so this wasn't dissapoitment as most of people think,i really enjoyed gameplay and will play it even more.
I recommend it to everyone ~ Rich

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
66.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Great game, but not perfect, alot of it is reskinned Civ 5, but with a lack of certain features making it somewhat shallow and hampering replayability.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
279.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Civ Beyond Earth is an interesting game. Fans had been wondering when they'd see a spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri for some time, and Beyond Earth takes it into the modern era nicely, very much its own thing but with nice consistencies in lore and in some returning unit types, but apart from that, everything is redesigned from the ground up and is balanced pretty nicely for whatever type of game you're looking to get, from long and epic on huge planets to short, sweet and scrappy with a handful of opponents in close proximity. There's also a plethora of different map types and features to keep you occupied for hundreds of hours if you let it, particularly with the Exoplanets map pack. My favorite is a fixed-orbit planet, with scorching desert on one hemisphere, frozen wasteland in the other, and a sweet spot around the highly-contested equator area. There's a lot of little touches that add a lot of depth and replayability, which I like very much.

A lot of people I've asked about it have given it flak for feeling like a mod of Civ 5 they charged full price for, but they're forgetting that Alpha Centauri was just an improvement on the Civ 2 engine, and it was just as unique and brilliant. I don't mind this, and I really feel like you get what you pay for with Firaxis games. Their QA has never been perfect, though. Even this far down the line, there's still graphical glitches and spelling errors remaining deeper into the tech tree. Not as many as there used to be, and I recommend just a little bit more power than Steam's recommended settings if you're looking to buy the right hardware to max out the graphics in this game.

I am torn between recommending the expansion at this point or not. It adds a LOT to the game and distances itself further from what could honestly be called "just a Civ 5 mod." The gameplay is expanded into the ocean, with enhanced graphics for undersea tiles a welcome feast for the eye, with all-new tile enhancements and coastal graphics. Sea bases are finally a thing again, and the way they acquire territory and contribute to Culture is interesting. In other ways, though, it makes the game feel less complete and cluttered. I dunno why you can't zoom out in the tech web anymore, but the redesign with added color coding is at least very nice. The hybrid affinities are great, but at this point I feel like they're accomodating multi-class play styles a little TOO much. You can basically just blindly whisk through the tech web, researching whatever, and at any point you'll be pretty well-equipped with good options for any situation. I don't know whether to call it an improvement or a lack of focus. I've had some good games with it, anyway, and it does seem more effective in the short term at least to focus on one direction, whether it be an endgame plan or a particular affinity or powerful unit you want to go for. I think the clincher for me is how the alien AI behaves differently on different planet types in Rising Tide. It's such a small touch, but one that adds infinite variety, which is important in games that have a randomized element.

In the end, if you like Civ, definitely get this game, and if you want a truly unique and rich experience, get the expansion too, but with that, it feels like they focused on some areas more than others, and like they might be gearing up for a second expansion at some point, like with Civ 5. In particular I hope for them to focus on the combat AI a bit more. It's a little too easy to steamroll them on the battlefield, even an expansion down the line. Word of advice: Even if you're just starting out with the game, play it on at least Gemini, because it is way less challenging than some Civ games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
178.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
FIrst of all I've put 180 hrs into this game, and 350 into Civ 5, and I've been playing Civ games since they started to be made, so I like to believe this is an informed opinion.

If you love sci-fi and love civilization, ignore the negative reviews. This game is awesome, it just takes some time getting used to. When I played this game for the first time I felt lost, which I didn't expect after putting 350 hours into Civ 5, expecting this to be just a reskin. The game also felt so flavorless to me just like the negative reviews say, and leaders were without personality.

But when I've given the game enough time and started to understand it, I realized I was looking at it the wrong way. The game is not a reskin of Civ 5 unless you want to see it that way, and that's when you'll hate it. There are many layers to the game that gives it its independent personality and lets it walk on its own feet.

The biggest thing I'm referring to is afiinities. Affinities are the main pillar this game stands on, and it's the main factor seperating it from Civ 5. Affinities are what give this game its identity and flavor, not leaders. As you progress in each affinity, you get awesome snipets of story unique to each affinity that drives the story forward in a way Civ 5 never could. You start getting awesome unique units, buildings, and even a unique rich-in-story-and-flavor victory condition for each affinity as you tread their paths.

There are many other mechanics that make this game cool, like the sattelite layer, interacting with aliens, and artifacts. The tech web, while not beginner-friendly at all, makes for very interesting and diverse choices every single game once you are more familiar with the game.

Also the expansion "Rising Tide" makes the game even better, and the positive reviews on its Steam page prove that. Such a shame that didn't reflect on the game main page reviews as well.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
So I'm buing the game only to realise I have to pay another $30 to get the full game instead of a piece of crap the base BE is, which makes for $70 total. I would have eagerly paid these $70 if it was initial pricetag for a complete game. I hate publishers who play games on customers.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Now, not to say civ 5 doesnt have it's flaws, 700 hours of civ 5 gave me plenty of time to get adjusted to it, but civ 5 does have something this game doesn't: an actual spirit and a sembiance of common sense to allow new players to come to terms with the mechanics in a game or two. I'm not sure if this game tried to emulate a space colony simulator or just wanted to be a dlc train, but i cant help but feel its a total waste of money. The tech tree is abitious at best, and absolutely disorderly and irratic at worst. I cant imagine how they thought the tech web would be even mildly comprehensible for a new player. I could hardly comprehend it and I'd like to say I'm very experienced with civ at this point. The game is slow, even for a civ game, its more or less unexciting for 2-4 hours then you either get steamrolled by another player who just rushed to the highest level affinity levels who you can't possibly hope to defend against. The victory styles are, turtle and wait for all your neighbors to try and kill you while building a wonder x4 and kill everyone. really dull, no heart, no spirit, nothing enjoyable
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
I would love to play it but like many others, i cant even get it to start on my brand new top end machine. Cool.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
This is not at all a review targeted towards the previous 5 games.
Clunky, "advanced" graphics for a game that was perfect the way it was.
Its like Civ 5 but without teaching you anything 'bout history
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
101.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
THe game is a lot of fun, that you can spend hours getting lost in, it is however, in my opinion, very similiar to civ 5. However the new tech tree and troops upgrades are interesting. Definately would reccomend!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
After a few games its kinda fun to play, if you play Civ5 before its pretty easy to get into it. The new technologyweb is nice aswell.
But for that amount of money I seriously expect something more game changing. All in all its just a Civ5 with better graphics and a technologyweb instead of a technologytree. With all of that said its still a nice game probably 7/10 but I´ll stick with Civ5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Having never played any other Civ games (I'm missing out, I know) I would still recommend this game. Great for all strategy lovers, really interesting premise and historical tidbits hidden in the game. Not sure about the expansion packs, but the native version they supplied for a testing weekend was enjoyable. Played non-stop for two-days, but now have other games to fill my time. Quick question - should I get Civ 5 or this one?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
This Game is the bees knees it is like civ 5 but I love the affinitys and the tech tree is masive love the feeling of bombing a
enemy city with my needlejet or my artillery the aliens are more intrsting then barbarians I wish there were city states
but there are labs that you can trade with or raid them quests have intresting choices but some are no brainer choices
like health or cap city health but overall 8.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
32.3 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.

4/10

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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
179.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Worst Firaxis title ever. Don't bother unless it's on sale for $9.99 and you don't mind getting bored after a few hours. The expansion doesn't help, so that's yet another waste of money. Just move on, this game stinks.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
a truly disappoiting game for every fan of Civ 5 and 4. Not enough depth in the gameplay and the interface is just unattractive. I don't believe DLC's can fix the major issues of the game :(
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
192.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
This game is wrong and needs not just *fixing* but entirely rethinking form the ground up.

After having tried very hard to like it, I have gone back to playing Civ IV which is a much much better game in every way concievable.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
486.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Worthy successor to Alpha Centauri.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
This is basically Civ 5 in another design. Way too expensive for a game that may as well have been an addon.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Overpriced mod for Civ5
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
72.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
I am doing this for the badge :)
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