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 (374 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

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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
Posted: October 18
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
936.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Baba yetu yetu uliye
Jina lako litukuzwe!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
504.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
best game ever
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Amazing DLC made for Civ 4!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
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
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48.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
GREAT GAME
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56.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Awesome!
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74.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
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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38.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Incredible, especially with mods.
But it gets boring now.. then i decided to play Civ 4 Colonization..
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214.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Close to a decade on and it's still the best turn-based strategy game ever. Period. End of discussion.
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146.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Civ4 is a masterpiece, the best turnbased strategy game since alpha centrauri.
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49.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
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.
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108.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Fun game, but I wouldn't recommend picking up Civ IV / expansions if you're able to run Civ V.
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180.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
My favorite game of all time. Very deep, but very intuitive at the same time. Never gets old
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8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
A classic. Few games are worth your time, this is one of them.
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
60.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
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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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
410.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
goodbye next 8 hours
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
124.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
One of the best turn-based strategy games on the market currently.
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