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 (437 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 24, 2007

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

 

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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

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Mac OS X
    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
77 of 87 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
64.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
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.
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53 of 59 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
962.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
This is the best game in the entire catalogue of Sid Meier's Civilization, including the newer games Civ5 and Beyond Earth.
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
169.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
This game will ruin your little aspie life. Your plants will wither, your pets will starve, and you'll probably get scurvy, and bed sores. Seriously, this is the wizard's glass, and when you look into it, it'll look into you, and find you wanting.

If you've already made the mistake of downloading this game, please contact me for a list of addiction counsling services in your area.
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
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.
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
87.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
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.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
305.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Taught me really how fun it is to destroy the environment as well as commit needless genocide to get just a little bit ahead.
10/10 Better than Watch_Dogs
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
200.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Pros:
+Fun and deep gameplay, lots of viable strategies and playstyles makes the game very accessible.
+The game is pretty easy to mod, and theres a huge, still living mod community.
+Mods are WAY better than Civ V mods, most mods are huge overhauls that add sci-fi elements, fantasy elements, make the game more "realistic", it's just great.
+Good variety of Civs, each with two traits, two uniques and two starting techs.
Cons
-"Native America" is a Civ, which is really dumb, the leader is Sitting Bull, a chieftain of the Hunkpapa Lakota, his unique unit is a Dog Soldier..a soldier class of the Cheyenne and his building is a Totem pole....which is a religious symbol for Alaskan (I forget which) tribes.
-The "health" system seems like an unneeded secondary lock on how big cities can grow.
-The "happiness" system is generally good, but can lead to some annoying moments.
-Traits aren't all that balanced, "financial" is just so good while "protective" is just so bad.
Full Review
Quite possibly one of the best games I've ever played. Games are long and difficult, leaders are very animated and expressive and the soundtrack is utterly fantastic (Netherlands and Greeces theme are such smoothing tracks). The leader variety is slightly greater than Civ V (but Civ V has more civs with more unique abilities), and each leader has two traits, like Abraham Lincoln is Philosophical and Charismatic while Montezuma is Aggressive and Spiritual, for the most part these traits are fairly balanced, but there are a few expeditions of just play bad traits (Protective is infamously underpowered).

Each Civ also has their two "uniques", unique units and unique buildings, unfortunately I don't really see these often being huge game changers with a few expeditions like Englands Redcoats, Ethipoias Omoro Warriors or Sumerians Ziggurats, this is probably cause the games combat is by far the worse aspect of it, units stack meaning most depth and strategy can be replaced with simply rushing enemies with strong melee units and hope to win, hope you built a lot of archers!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
151.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
One of the best turn-based strategy games on the market currently. The "one more turn" mentality just keeps pulling you back for exaclty that: one more turn. It is the best turn based strategy game that Sid Meir has put on the market. If you want to kill a few hours, set aside a week because once you start playing, you won't want to stop.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Adds a bunch of new Empires (Native American, Ethiopian, Ottoman,etc.) and new Leaders to existing empires (Churchill, Lincoln, Stalin,etc.) Adds new technologies and playable scenarios. Also adds the Espionage system which is poorly made but still interesting. Would reccomend for any avid Civ 4 player.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,964.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Absolutely incredible game. I recommend looking up "mod mods" to the Rheys and Fall mod included with this expansion. Specifically, check out Europe 600 A.D.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2,155.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Best game of all time
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Sarted playing this game right before finals. Turns out its way funner than studying.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Baba yetu yetu uliye
Jina lako litukuzwe!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
172.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2014
The Best. Have already got months of entertainment out of it and I am Expecting many more. 11/10 easily that. Maybe more. Best on multiplayer. I can be all sourts of people and is Awesom and still holds up after many more years. WHOO HOO HOO!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
88.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
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.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
This game makes me actually feel important, and when war comes you will feel like a general in an old war. You'll lose units, make harsh choices over who to train, whether to burn or take over a town, and a lot more. That's just war while there's still the religion, tech, expansion etc. but you'll most likely be put in a war, and that's where Civ 4 is at it's finest in my opinion. If you want to feel like an old leader and pick up the stress, buy this game, but if you don't like that kind of thing then good luck enjoying this.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
A classic. Few games are worth your time, this is one of them.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Amazing DLC made for Civ 4!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
57.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Simply the best game ever made!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
82.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
This game will give you cancer... in a good way
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