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: Overwhelmingly Positive (520 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

Windows
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
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
557.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
The finest "one-more-turn" 4X game, ever played. Kudos to the developers.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
- 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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
78.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
>Custom map
>My island : Promised Land of Riviera
>Gandhi's : Pangaea rich with uranium
>The rest's : barren with agressive barbarian and pollution
>mfw camping subhuman peon islands with nuclear subs while they're at stone age with Gandhi
>mfw Gandhi rained more hellfire than I did

10/10 would play again
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
this game is a masterpiece of turn base strategy. however, i don't like the attitude of sid & comp. who constantly mock their players :
- this game treats the history of mankind as a game of chess, where a quick victory is rewarded and a hard worked victory is consider "shamefull" by the high score list;
- the a.i. is programmed to harass and backstabb the human players. even after 10 years of "dealing" with the civilisation francise i still got trolled by an a.i. player (on the lowest difficulty !!!) - who used a slip away moment to steal my hard worked space race victory :P
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