- Summary: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth sends players on an expedition from Earth to lead their people into a new frontier to explore and colonize an alien planet, and create a new civilization.
PC PowerPlayNov 30, 2014Beyond Earth is the finest thing that Firaxis has made and a game that we suspect we'll be playing for a long time to come. [Dec 2014, p.52]
Oct 29, 2014As first impressions go, Civilization Beyond Earth makes a staggeringly poor one. After a few games -- after you get your head around the affinities and the tech web and the dos and donts of living on an alien planet -- it becomes a gorgeous and engaging, if not revolutionary, 4X game.
Pelit (Finland)Nov 15, 2014Beyond Earth is a solid turn based strategy game, but playing it feels a bit too much like playing Civilization V. Compared to the classic Alpha Centauri game, Beyond Earth kinda fails to properly sell the feeling of colonizing a strange new world. [Nov 2014]
Oct 25, 2014All the decisions I’ve made have snowballed into a massive unwieldy clockwork of inconsequence, lumbering towards an inevitable conclusion like a giant Katamari ball consisting of all those little decisions, none of them steering it in any meaningful way, but each of them lending the monstrosity a tiny bit of mass. Then the ball reaches the requisite mass and a screen tells me I’ve won and I’m back at the main menu. No recap, no score breakdown, no map to admire, no ranking. Poof.
Oct 24, 2014A great throwback for Alpha Centauri fans!
The new mechanics and atmosphere really separate it from other Civ titles, and really the themesA great throwback for Alpha Centauri fans!
The new mechanics and atmosphere really separate it from other Civ titles, and really the themes remind me a lot more of Alpha centauri. I feel like if this had come out and Civ 5 was not a thing, it would had been held as revolutionary. I think far too many will group it with Civ 5 for using the same engine. They are two quite different games though. I say this as a long time fan.
I for one love that they made culture more useful in a game play sense, they made espionage what it use to be back in the old days... Awesome..
The tech web is probably my favorites system, I have always been a large science player.. The web and technologies they have change everything. I find myself conflicted far more often than in civ, not to mention it can be very situation based. The affinity system is awesome, and I like how it mixes.
Here is my wishlish for the G&K sized expansion that should be coming
-More mixed affinity unit upgrades or units, more units for pure routes to compensate.
additional Planet ecosystem types.
-A couple more sponsors
-A scenario with a sentient planet.
-A few more wonders… Expand
Oct 24, 2014A great continuation for the series; the saying "don't fix what isn't broken" applies very well here, as Beyond Earth takes what was amazingA great continuation for the series; the saying "don't fix what isn't broken" applies very well here, as Beyond Earth takes what was amazing from Civilization V and applies it into a new world, or even, a new universe. Gone are barbarians in favor of interesting aliens, with worlds that are extremely lifelike. If you liked Civilization V or any before it, you will love Beyond Earth without a doubt. (I also think the user score for this game is quite lower than it deserves.)… Expand
Oct 25, 2014OK. To be perfectly honest - What Civ 5 reached after all expansion packs. No-one really expected, that Beyond Earth will after release. IOK. To be perfectly honest - What Civ 5 reached after all expansion packs. No-one really expected, that Beyond Earth will after release. I like where is game heading to, but it is not there just yet. After first or second expansion it will be much more interesting. If you didn´t play Civ 5, than Go for Civ 5 with all expansions - it will take you ages to get bored of it - if ever.. And within time this diamond will be polished and waiting for you. For the rest of you, try it - though if you expecting something big - it is not there yet..
Points I would love to see improved in expansions:
1) Graphics illustrations!! The man in charge of it should be sacked! :D Everyone in the team did good job and that is why I am so much surprised about one fact - there is so much to discover - yet you can not see what it is looks like, sounds like or taste like.. When you built, discover or whatever something - there should be full screen picture with original sound - and as it is new civ game - I would even like to see some videos - intro is so nice! Same applies to science technology tree and basically everything within game. Even City doesn´t really change a bit after expansion. And guess what, check out the ingame civpedia - there are also no pictures!
2) Alien civs
3) I am missing Germany, UK, France, Turkey, Aztecs, Koreans and the others - they should be in this game and with their specific aproach to diplomacy, play style and other things. Currently it doesn´t really matter, for who and against who you will play.… Expand
Oct 29, 2014I really looked fwd to playing this game and shelled out the premium to do so on release day (i normally avoid that now days). Not sure what iI really looked fwd to playing this game and shelled out the premium to do so on release day (i normally avoid that now days). Not sure what i was expecting but in the end Beyond Earth feels the same as Civ 5, its just one big endless grind..... It feels like whether you win or lose comes down to luck - whether you get a good start point, whether the other civs are aggressive to you or not, whether the aliens hate you or ignore you. For me, i think beyond earth will suffer the same fate as Civ 5 - 'are you sure you wish to uninstall this program?' 'yes'.… Expand
Nov 7, 2014Lets be frank here Civilization:BE was really a disappointing game. Basically a expensive re-skin of civilization 5 there is no new content.Lets be frank here Civilization:BE was really a disappointing game. Basically a expensive re-skin of civilization 5 there is no new content. In the beginning it's awesome to see new units, new civs and worlds. But after a few hours of game play, the game becomes uninteresting. Following the same plot every game, along with same quests. This game had the potential to be an awesome game but 2k and Firaxsis kinda screwed it up. I feel like this game we a major let down for a Civ player like myself and I would not recommend it to huge Civ fans.… Expand
Dec 14, 2014I have started with Civilization 1. In my opinion, the game got with every release better.
Sid Meier achieved the peak with Civ4 - Conquest.I have started with Civilization 1. In my opinion, the game got with every release better.
Sid Meier achieved the peak with Civ4 - Conquest.
All Civ's after where not anymore the game liked so. Civilization:
Beyond Earth is definitely the last Civ i bought.
The game develops in a direction that I do not like anymore.… Expand
Dec 9, 2014I give this game a 1/10. I do this after reading all the reviews, and I AGREE with them and will say why.
Why I agree: People wanted anI give this game a 1/10. I do this after reading all the reviews, and I AGREE with them and will say why.
Why I agree: People wanted an entirely different game? Like Alpha Centuari was to Civilization? Everyone I know LIKED Alpha Centuari. It differentiated itself from Civ A LOT, and over-all was GREAT.
Then when they make a this POS Civlike game and keep many of the mechanics that worked LIKE CHIT well people complained... and a very darn good reason to complain too..
Graphics: I HATE them. I HATE them I tell yah. They are an NOT an improvement over Civ V, and DO NOT work well. Now on some planets It can be a bit tough to differentiate Tundra and plains at a glance, but it's an alien world and the terrain, flora and fauna are different than that of earth. It just makes DOO DOO NON sense.
Sound: Again, I HATE the sound. It's NOT an improvement over Civ V. Less traditional music but that's the case, it's the future and you left tradition behind.
Game Mechanics: (the big part)
1) Cities. HATE THEM. Build buildings, then get a choice of customization on their function/abilities through a choice. ASSanine! I can play differently (who cares), plan out what I want to (who cares). The Unit customization based on what you do and how you do it is AWFUL. I can make an army designed to kill other units or attack cities, heal quickly etc BFD. lol
I HATE the new espionage functions. It's NOT an improvement over Civ V's. The Level gain is also WORSE, and if you're in the lead there is NOTHING your Spies can do. Technology isn't linear anymore, it's a web. (WhooptifarkinDOO)
The Tech Web: HATE it. Linear tech IS realistic future, decisions, Values, Philosophy, Play-style all should and can play a part in how you advance. Once I got FIGURED it out, I say it's the WORST part of the game.
Diplomacy: Meh. It's the same as Civ V (you got that right) :) except you can trade with people who have nothing to give to you with "favours" I can trade Titanium I'm not using and don't plan on using for a while to Civ's that may or may not need it for Favours. I can effectively bank them for later. I don't really like this. In Civ games I NEVER ignore diplomacy, not because It's a bad feature, but because I care about my opponents. I play to HELP them not work with them. For my play-styles I just wish some of the phrases the AI used in the screen were more varied and different than Civ V when I refuse 100% of the time to aid them in war, and I always refuse all requests to stop settling near them etc.
I'm sure there are people who play civ, and by the comments I can see it, that HATE diplomacy... I find that it's the same as liking the garnish in a 6 course meal. I play to interact diplomatically with AI's. I give them and their wants/needs I'm so nice. :)
War, movement, is all the same as CIv V but with the added unit complexity. And I HATE this. Resources are a little hard to figure out at first (cause he's a dumbchit lol). I know what Wheat does, but what about Chitin? Or Fibre? all it takes is a few 100 games to get this as 2nd nature. A
Alien Life: They could have done a LOT better job of taking advantage of this, and it's why this game gets a 1 and not a 0. You can kill the roaming aliens but still 'preserve' Life on the planet and that makes sense. Some life is hostile, you deal with it, and the rest isn't. As tech advances I'd have liked to see alien life not interrupt your use of a tile for resources, or even try to attack you, and they get small (graphic wise) and become part of the background animations. Or you can keep killing them.
I HATE the ideology of Purity, supremacy and harmony. I also HATE how virtues replace several key racial bonuses or wonder bonuses of Civ V that were mandatory and you needed to RUSH (I like to RUSH) to have a given play-style.
Wonders: they are there, just a tad hidden, and when you look for them on the tech tree you're uncertain if it is or not until you figure it out and just remember it. They also could have done a LOT more art-work on the wonders graphics... they are all whiteboxed...
Overall this is a CRAP POS game. Some EXTREME fixes they should put in and then this game is a 5/10 lol… Expand