LIKED THE GAME, NOT THE PRICE OR HYPE THAT CAME WITH IT. DID NOT LIVE UP TO THE PROMISES.NOT WORTH IT.
Keep Playing Civ 4 or 5 and wait until its on sale for a couple dollars or if ever a decent mod comes out for it. Or buy PANDORA FIRST CONTACT, I'm sure the game WITH the expansion is less then Civ BE which seems to be an expensive Bad rip-off of it.
P R O S:
Music is amazing! Really good stuff, until you declare war or something, then it turns to the same ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Civ 5 had, pianos and Very Sad Elevator Music.
Sounds are amazing as well, the rifles firing and the machines working are top notch!
Very Small Download - 1.7Gb download, unpacks to around 3gb
C O N S:
The Sponsor names sound awful. Really, they sound bad. How bad? ... BAD! Very Bad. Some of them sound like something a beauty pageant contestant would come up with, like "My favorite Planet is the SUN! And my favorite country is Polystralia! Giggle, giggle!" NO joke, that's actually one of them. NO matter if they are possible and grammatically correct, they still sound AWFUL! Again take a look at what Alpha Centauri did. Or M.A.X. or Pandora First Contact.
The Research narration quotes are all MADE UP! We have THOUSANDS of years of recorded human history and evolution, and what do we do? We say not today wisdom! Today is the day for re-tar-ded crap to spew forth like a river of retardation where all knowledge and profound wisdom gets swept away,like watching a marathon of Honey Boo Boo or the Jersey Shore! All the Civ games until now had amazing quotes every time you do a research or wonder, Its one of the best things the games had done right. Now, all that is history. Pandora First Contact at least had very witty quotes. This game has turds in word format.
GOD AWFUL NARRATION!!! Civ 4 had Leonard Nimoy narrating the research and Wonders and whatever else the game had to narrate, it was AMAZING! Then Civ 5 came out and everyone ♥♥♥♥♥ed about the narrator, even though I still wanted Spock to be reading them, I actually liked the narrator since he sounded like Charlton Heston, but of course he wasn't, it turned out to be a guy named William Morgan Sheppard. Still, it still sounded EPIC and Awesome and if you could imagine a God-like story teller's voice telling the ordeals of Humans on their existence, you could at least imagine either one being it. ON CIV BE, they, I assume grabbed the nearest east European intern, and had her read all the lines in one sitting. Seriously! She sounds like Katia, the Russian Bride who was US$ 10 more expensive, narrating the lines with all the enthusiasm and excitement of an autistic man reading a phone book. With the budget this game had, they could of picked a real actor, or and old good one, ANYBODY who could act and narrate. I actually think she was probably amazing, spectacularly good at giving head, since that would explain why she got the part.
Last but not least YOU CANT CREATE CUSTOM SPONSORS OR INDENTITY OR ANYTHING. Endless Space, Galactic Civilization, even Master of Orion had a way of creating a custom identity with custom bonuses. Since this is all Science FICTION and all the sponsors are FICTION and the planet is FICTION, why not us play around with it? Maybe the intern who narrated it wanted it this way...
Conclusion, its still a great game, but not worth the money its costing right now at launch.( I assume its US$ 60, for me it was more, that might explain my mood at time of writing). With the exception to the music and sounds, feels like a Civ 5 Mod, nothing new brought to the table. Seems like an expensive rip-off of PANDORA FIRST CONTACT without the innovations like being able to switch weaponry on your infantry or open an Alien Gate and trigger an invasion. Wild life on the planet is crap compared to PANDORA as well, no giant Aliens the size of cities. No day night cycles.