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...
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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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May 11

Take One More Turn in Civilization VI



We’re excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Civilization franchise by announcing Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, the next entry in the award-winning turn-based strategy franchise. Be sure to follow the Steam Community group here and add the game to your Steam wishlist!

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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, set to launch on PC on October 21, 2016, offers new ways to interact with your world, expand your empire across the map, advance your culture and compete against history’s greatest leaders to build a civilization that will truly stand the test of time. Your story begins later this year!

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI includes:

  • EXPANSIVE EMPIRES: See the marvels of your empire spread across the map like never before. Each city spans multiple tiles so you can custom build your cities to take full advantage of the local terrain.
  • ACTIVE RESEARCH: Unlock boosts that speed your civilization’s progress through history. To advance more quickly, use your units to actively explore, develop your environment, and discover new cultures.
  • DYNAMIC DIPLOMACY: Interactions with other civilizations change over the course of the game, from primitive first interactions where conflict is a fact of life, to late game alliances and negotiations.
  • COMBINED ARMS: Expanding on the “one unit per tile” design, support units can now be embedded with other units, like anti-tank support with infantry, or a warrior with settlers. Similar units can also be combined to form powerful “Corps” units.
  • ENHANCED MULTIPLAYER: In addition to traditional multiplayer modes, cooperate and compete with your friends in a wide variety of situations all designed to be easily completed in a single session.
  • A CIV FOR ALL PLAYERS: Civilization VI provides veteran players new ways to build and tune their civilization for the greatest chance of success. New tutorial systems are designed to introduce new players to the underlying concepts of Civilization so they can easily get started on a path to victory.
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About This Game

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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    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
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
546.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
If for whatever reason I could only play one game for the rest of my life, I would have to pick Civ 4. It just has so many ways to play your civ, so many ways events can unfold, and so many classic mods. IMO one of the best games ever made of any type, and certainly the best hour-eating, "where the heck did the time go" monster I've ever loaded up. The shining star of the Civ series, and a must play for anyone who likes turn-based games. /endgush
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
111.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Best of the Civilization games; I've probably wasted a thousand hours of my life on it outside of the Steam version. A lot of government, micromanagement, military, diplomacy, and victory options make it much more complex than the earlier Civilization games, but it offers a lot of tutorial and advice for early difficulty levels so it's not hard to get into. Decent enough graphics even in 2016 for this type of game too and, unlike Civ5, you can actually tell what's happening on screen without having to use a weird strategy view.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
185.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
An all-time classic. I've gone back to this after Civilization V, which is also a great game but with very different gameplay. Great replayability.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
300.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
All my units have become invisible, which makes the game very difficult to play. Before this happened, the game worked wonderfully. I don't know whether to recommend the game or not. On your computer it might currently work wonderfully or not at all.
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1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Beyond the Sword? More like Beyond the Scope of Being Fun.
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1 of 22 people (5%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
22.6 hrs on record
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Posted: August 31
Fun game, precursor of Civ V the best Civ game EVER. Get that instead...
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205 of 221 people (93%) found this review helpful
97 people found this review funny
Recommended
2,475.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
Let my game time speak for itself
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122 of 132 people (92%) found this review helpful
96 people found this review funny
Recommended
113.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2015
Founded Christianity 400 years before Christ was born.
Built libraries before developing an alphabet.
Trained a light machine gun unit in 1776.
Sebastian Bach dressed as Elvis discovered the radio.
Got nuked by multiple rulers on the same turn.
Yeah, it's a pretty good game.
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108 of 118 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,024.7 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.

The attention to detail is far better in Civ4 than the newer games. The developers got a big head after the success of this game, and the newer games are just fancy revenue-generators. $$$

Civ4 is the quality game in the series. My favorite parts of Civ4 are A: The amazing soundtrack B: The voice of Leonard Nimoy.

Yes, Mr. Spock himself narrates your gameplay (singleplayer only).
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126 of 148 people (85%) found this review helpful
104 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2015
- Just... one... more... turn...
*8 Hours later
- I should have went to bed, when I had time. Oh, well.
*Sleepy day
*Thinks about going to bed early
*Sits in front of PC
- Okey, only 30 minutes.

*Everything above is repeating*
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jcox888222
60.5 hrs
Posted: September 20
Love the game, wish we had a multiplayer lobby like we did with gamespy
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Roxolan
399.7 hrs
Posted: September 15
Unlike its predecessors, Civ4 is reasonably good-looking and user-friendly. Unlike its successor, it's a serious strategy game, where AIs play to win and *will* jump at the first sign of weakness.

Tends to get boring in the late game, but the early game is a rush of important, difficult decisions and risk-taking. Still my favourite 4X game to this day.

The longevity is increased by some pretty good mods. Even for vanilla gameplay, I recommend "Better BUG AI", which simultaneously improves the interface, graphics, and AI.

(Review written shortly before release of civ6. Let's see if they win me over.)
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Eligurt
28.5 hrs
Posted: September 8
10/10 IGN
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ormie
28.0 hrs
Posted: September 7
See Civ 4
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ePlus
290.9 hrs
Posted: September 3
Installed a mod.
Played a Legendary speed game, after many hours I finally extended my Japanese Empire over half the globe.
Won a domination victory.
Decided to go on, since I already played so much, I went for another type of victory.
After some more hours, I won a cultural victory.
Then I started sockpiling on nukes.
After building several dozens of nukes, I started preparing my Space ship.
Crushed everyone in the world, nuked the planet so bad, it became a barren world, then left with my spaceship to Alpha Centauri.
10/10 would nuke the world and then leave.
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