Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

released on Oct 24, 2014

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award-winning Civilization series. Set in the future, global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity. As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind.

As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, you will write the next chapter for humanity as you lead your people into a new frontier and create a new civilization in space. Explore and colonize an alien planet, research new technologies, amass mighty armies, build incredible Wonders and shape the face of your new world. As you embark on your journey you must make critical decisions. From your choice of sponsor and the make-up of your colony, to the ultimate path you choose for your civilization, every decision opens up new possibilities.

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Very much lacking in content, but if you can score it in a game bundle, you'll probably enjoy it if you liked V.

Complicated and visually less charming than main Civ games but still a very strong suit. I love the shift of focus towards more PvE and the orbital units add new ways of exploration and attacking. I'm also a fan of how you choose upgrades for your units and as cool as it is to have civilization specific units, I like the more level playing field with base units being the same. It takes a lot of time to learn and definitely shouldn't be your first Civ game, but once get the hang of it it's a nice change of atmosphere and gameplay than the mainline games.

It is so sad to think that this game feels like a HUGE step down from Alpha Centaury which came out 15 years prior. I understand game development changed a lot in that time, but I would have taken less graphical fidelity for a deeper game any day.

A much needed spin on the Civilization formula, but unfortunately didn't quite have enough oomph to push it past being a sci-fi reskin of Civ V. Lacks that Civilization charm that makes those games fondly remembered.

Worse than Civ 5 in pretty much every aspect, unless you like sci-fi settings.