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  • Summary: Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword is the second expansion pack for Civilization IV and focuses on the late-game time periods after the invention of gunpowder and delivers 12 challenging and decidedly different scenarios created by the development team at Firaxis Games, as well asSid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword is the second expansion pack for Civilization IV and focuses on the late-game time periods after the invention of gunpowder and delivers 12 challenging and decidedly different scenarios created by the development team at Firaxis Games, as well as members of the Civilization Fan Community. Firaxis Games delivers a massive increase in new units, buildings, and technologies to the epic game with additional focus on the late-game time periods. The expansion pack includes ten new civilizations, such as Portugal, Babylon and Netherlands and their associated unique units and buildings. Sixteen new civilization leaders including leaders for the ten new civilizations, as well as additional leaders for existing civilizations. A new gameplay feature allows players to create corporations and spread them throughout the world. Each corporation provides benefits in exchange for certain resources. Now available much earlier in the game, an espionage feature offers players many new ways to spy on opponents, stir citizen unrest and defend their government's secrets. New random events such as natural disasters, pleas for help, or demands from their citizens will challenge players to overcome obstacles in order for their civilizations to prosper. Five new wonders await discovery including the Statue of Zeus, Cristo Redentor, Shwedagon Paya, the Mausoleum of Maussollos, and the Moai Statues. Winning the race to Alpha Centauri now requires more strategic planning and tactical decision making. Apostolic Palace: The United Nations becomes available earlier in the game, providing a way for players to win a diplomatic victory earlier. New resolutions will also be added which will 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 them to experience many of the new features of the expansion pack in a shorter amount of time. Enhanced AI: The AI has received many enhancements, making it tougher to beat on the higher difficulty levels. [2K Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
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  1. 100
    Where Beyond the Sword will really win you over is with the new scenarios and mods. There is some truly wonderful stuff in here.
  2. Beyond the Sword is unquestionably one of the best expansion packs I’ve ever played, and not just because the original release is so strong. The amount of content it adds, and the quality of those additions, is top-notch. This kind of massive depth, smooth polish, and unending replayability is what PC gaming is all about.
  3. One of the most ambitious game add-ons you're likely to find and the vast majority of these changes are welcome ones that add significantly to the experience.
  4. 89
    Beyond the Sword makes an already phenomenal game even better.
  5. Beyond the Sword's additions are primarily to Civ IV's core gameplay, so the expansion doesn't make a huge leap forward in terms of graphics or sound.
  6. 82
    Beyond the Sword shows signs of how you can stuff too much into a game not initially designed to hold so much content. I look forward to Civilization V with great anticipation and till that game graces the world I will continue to play the fully expanded version of Civ IV which now graces every computer I regularly use.
  7. 60
    We like Beyond the Sword because it makes the vastness of Civilization 4 just a little bit bigger. Getting to play the Dutch and Portuguese is worth a lot, but we wish all the expansions could have the cunning to make us look at the game in a new way without losing the rich complexity that make us love it in the first place.

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  1. Jun 4, 2011
    10
    Incredible game. The series really reached its high point here. Incredibly fun to roleplay and totally immersive. Something we cannot say atIncredible game. The series really reached its high point here. Incredibly fun to roleplay and totally immersive. Something we cannot say at all about it's suck-sessor number 5. I would truly recommend this game to anyone that loves a deep, complex, enriching turn based strategy game. Expand
  2. Oct 10, 2012
    10
    This is and probably will be the best era for the Civilization franchise. I grew up playing Civilization and played every single Civ game andThis is and probably will be the best era for the Civilization franchise. I grew up playing Civilization and played every single Civ game and expansions, and I can say without a doubt that this expansion marked the highest point of this 15+ year old franchise. Civilization had its ups and downs, and among the fans there are still big debates regarding Civ Expand
  3. MattB
    Jul 26, 2007
    10
    Simply Brilliant. The standard gameplay runs smoother than before, and in so looks a notch better. The addition of new units, buildings, and Simply Brilliant. The standard gameplay runs smoother than before, and in so looks a notch better. The addition of new units, buildings, and concepts provide a better quenching for the path of war and peace alike, and even tree-huggers (forest reserves and other environmental buildings). Includes great scenarios including one called "The Next War" which I played for 4-5 hours recently as it provides a world all ready for the best war you could imagine leading. The battle in said scenario only gets better with clone units that you can produce in mass quantity to overwhelm your enemies and/or giant mech and goliath units that give that extra punch you need to break the defences of your enemies. If you have the money and liked Civ 4; What the hell are you reading this for! Get it! Expand
  4. RyanT.
    Jul 28, 2007
    10
    Honestly the real reason I purchased civ 4 was because of my intense love of paratroopers from civ 2. Civ 4 was excellent, but no Honestly the real reason I purchased civ 4 was because of my intense love of paratroopers from civ 2. Civ 4 was excellent, but no paratroopers! BtS reintroduced paratroopers, much to my delight. Excellent game. Expand
  5. TobyM
    Dec 30, 2009
    9
    For a normal full priced addon this game is amazing BUT for this as an expansion is truely amazment, the corporation system is a nice addon, For a normal full priced addon this game is amazing BUT for this as an expansion is truely amazment, the corporation system is a nice addon, the spy system is cleverly done but for me the new mods which come with it simply left me gobsmacked, The only reason this hasn't got a 10 from me is because I'm hard to impress. Expand
  6. Nov 12, 2012
    9
    I've played around 320 hours in total and I'm still playing, combat animations are not the best, but if you like turn based strategy game,I've played around 320 hours in total and I'm still playing, combat animations are not the best, but if you like turn based strategy game, recommend it. Expand
  7. JohnS.
    Aug 30, 2007
    5
    There are a lot of good things to like about this expansion, but unfortunately for me, even after the recent Aug07 patch, I am having There are a lot of good things to like about this expansion, but unfortunately for me, even after the recent Aug07 patch, I am having problems with playability of asian civilizations with workers not working at all. I am looking forward to the next patch, which will hopefully fix my woes. Other than this 1 major problem, I have loved the added features, corporations and increased espionage. Expand

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