Sid Meier's Civilization IV®: Beyond the Sword is the second expansion pack for Civilization IV - the 2005 PC Game of the Year that has become a worldwide hit. The expansion focuses on the time periods after the invention of gunpowder and delivers 11 unique and challenging scenarios created by the development team at Firaxis as well as...
User reviews: Very Positive (368 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 24, 2007

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Includes 4 items: Sid Meier's Civilization® IV, Civilization IV®: Warlords, Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword, Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization

 

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Sid Meier's Civilization IV®: Beyond the Sword is the second expansion pack for Civilization IV - the 2005 PC Game of the Year that has become a worldwide hit. The expansion focuses on the time periods after the invention of gunpowder and delivers 11 unique and challenging scenarios created by the development team at Firaxis as well as esteemed members of the Civ Community. Civ IV: Beyond the Sword also includes ten new civilizations, sixteen new leaders, five new wonders, and a variety of new units that offer even more fun and exciting ways for players to expand their civilization's power as they strive for world domination.
  • Expanded Epic Game: Adds a massive increase of new units, buildings, and technologies to the epic game with a tremendous amount of effort focused on the late game.
  • New Game Scenarios: 11 new scenarios custom-designed by the team at Firaxis and some members of the Civ Fan Community.
  • New Civilizations: 10 new civilizations, such as Portugal, Babylonians, and Netherlands and their associated unique units and buildings.
  • More Civilization Leaders: Sixteen new leaders, both for the new civilizations as well as additional leaders for existing civilizations, including Hammurabi of the Babylonians, Abraham Lincoln of the United States, and Sitting Bull of the Native Americans.
  • Corporations: A new game feature similar to religion allows players to found companies and spread them throughout the world. Each corporation provides benefits in exchange for certain resources.
  • Espionage: Now available earlier in the game, this feature offers players many new ways to spy on opponents, stir citizen unrest and defend government secrets.
  • Events: New random events - such as natural disasters and pleas for help or demands from their citizens - challenge players with obstacles that must be overcome for their civilization to prosper.
  • New Wonders: Five new wonders await discovery, including the Statue of Zeus, Cristo Redentor, the Shwedagon Paya, and the Mausoleum of Maussollos.
  • Expanded Space Victory: Winning the race to Alpha Centauri will now require more strategic planning and tactical decision making.
  • Apostolic Palace: The United Nations is available earlier in the game, providing a way to win a diplomatic victory earlier. In addition, new resolutions expand the available diplomatic options.
  • Advanced Starts: A major fan request, this new feature enables players to 'buy' components of a custom-tailored empire and begin play in the later part of the game, allowing one to experience many of the new features of the expansion in a shorter amount of time.
  • Advanced AI: The greatly-enhanced AI now relies more on smart play and less on handicap bonuses to remain competitive, providing a more consistent challenge throughout the course of the game, both economically and militarily. The ways in which the AI attempt to achieve victory have also been expanded.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum: Windows 2000 (plus Service Pack 1 or higher), Windows XP Home or Professional (plus Service Pack 1 or higher), or Windows Vista; 1.2GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor, 256 MB RAM, 64 MB video card with hardware T&L (GeForce 2, Radeon 7500 or better), DirectX 7 compatible sound card, 1.7 GB of free hard drive space, DirectX 9.0c (included)
    Recommended: 1.8GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent (or better), 512 MB RAM, 128 MB video card with DirectX 8 support (pixel and vertex shaders), DirectX 7 compatible sound card, 1.7 GB of free hard drive space, DirectX 9.0c (included)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11, 10.5.6
    • Processor: PowerPC G5 or Intel
    • CPU Speed: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 2.5 GB free disk space
    • Video Card: (ATI): Radeon 9600 Video Card (NVidia): GeForce FX 6600
    • Video Memory: (VRam): 128 MB or higher
    • Media Required: DVD-ROM Drive
    • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard
    • Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600, 6800, 7300, 7600, 7800, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GEFORCE GT 120, GEFORCE QUADRO FX 4500 ATI Radeon 9600, 9650, 9700, 9800, X600, X800, X1600, X1900, HD 2400, 2600, 3870
    • NOTICE: Intel integrated video chipsets are not supported.
    • NOTICE: Apple original CPU’s only, CPU upgrades not supported
    • NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive) REQUIRES THE FULL VERSION OF Civilization IV for Mac OS X TO PLAY
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
87.5 hrs on record
Some of the worst things in human history began with the best intentions. When I lead a once prosperous country of freedom and efficency into the dark days of another world war, I found that things had to change to match the times. A police state with an iron will was formed, and we rode out the storm with enemies falling at our feet through the battles won, and the diplomatic options utilized. Beyond the Sword lets you bring out the tyrant in you.
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
When you play the Charlemagne Scenario you will hear Gregorian Chants playing as the backround music. 10/10 would listen to Gregorian Chants again.

Was the first Scenario and real game I've been playing in Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword and I already think it definitely stands as a proud cousin of Civilization V.

In brief, it's still a great game. ^^
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
what to heck
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Amazing DLC made for Civ 4!
Posted: October 14
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33.2 hrs on record
If I had to sum up CIV: BTS in one word, it would be: really♥♥♥♥♥♥♥fun. Yes, that is one word.
Here's a list of all the great things in CIV: BTS:
  • Semi-realistic simulations
  • Nukes
  • War
  • And, of course, Gandhi!
What more could you want from a game?

Buy Civilisation IV, and its expansion Beyond the Sword, today!
Posted: September 28
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2,217.4 hrs on record
Civ 4 Complete is kept allive and ever improving with mods such as Caveman2Cosmos. For an old school Civ fanatic like me, Civ 4 hits the epic empire building spot much better than the very pretty but soul-less Civ 5.
Posted: September 25
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150.2 hrs on record
Love this game, its by far the best in the Civ series, such good fun to play, prepare to lose hours of your life
Posted: September 30
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2.3 hrs on record
Yes
Posted: September 30
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12.7 hrs on record
Baba yetu yetu uliye
Jina lako litukuzwe!
Posted: October 6
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146.6 hrs on record
Civ4 is a masterpiece, the best turnbased strategy game since alpha centrauri.
Posted: October 5
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49.8 hrs on record
A classic, nearly perfect 4X strategy game. There's nothing I'd want to take away and very little I'd want to add.

My #1 gripe would be the modal interface, something that was mostly corrected in Civ 5.
Posted: October 8
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38.1 hrs on record
Incredible, especially with mods.
But it gets boring now.. then i decided to play Civ 4 Colonization..
Posted: October 10
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197.0 hrs on record
Close to a decade on and it's still the best turn-based strategy game ever. Period. End of discussion.
Posted: October 10
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502.9 hrs on record
best game ever
Posted: October 11
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14.2 hrs on record
Probably my absolute favorite game of all time. Bought the steam version after gamespy went down but I have well over 2000 hours played in this game over a span of 5 years. In the RTS category there is nothing better for your money, fantastically well-made and has endless replay-ability
Posted: October 16
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48.9 hrs on record
Awesome!
Posted: October 18
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74.6 hrs on record
This might literally be the best game ever made (provided you like strategy). It has massive depth, random world generation leaves the replayability nigh infinite, and a wide variety of mods (my favorite is Caveman2Cosmos) mean that you can easily log hundreds of hours here.
Posted: October 21
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48.0 hrs on record
GREAT GAME
Posted: October 19
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
60.0 hrs on record
How to play:
1. Buy the game
2. Download Caveman 2 Cosmos
3. Spend 200 hrs. in one game
4. Realize you just spent 200 hrs playing Civilization
5. Start another campaign.
Posted: August 23
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword must be the most complete Civilization to date. In some ways it is superior to its succesor Civilization V.

Advantages of Civ IV BTS:
+AI is much smarter
+AI actually conquers other nations
+Game includes vassal states (capitulate to save yourself)
+Espionage mechanic makes much more sense (accumulate points to view demographics, cities, construction queue etc)
+Larger empires
+More complex mechanics (such as health and individual city happiness)
+Technology trading (can be disabled)


Disadvantages of Civ IV BTW:
-Graphics are worse
-Combat based on "odds" not health. So you can lose a unit with a 95% win chance.
-You have to "call" someone before you can setup a trade.
Posted: August 22
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