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  • Summary: After the initial wave of great colony ships departed Earth, the jubilation of humanity was ephemeral. Those left behind fell into a violent struggle over the quickly-diminishing resources on their barren home world. From this tumultuous time, 4 new factions arose. These newcomers wereAfter the initial wave of great colony ships departed Earth, the jubilation of humanity was ephemeral. Those left behind fell into a violent struggle over the quickly-diminishing resources on their barren home world. From this tumultuous time, 4 new factions arose. These newcomers were founded not in the idealism of their predecessors, but on opportunism, resilience, ruthlessness, and, most importantly, a commitment to their own survival. Now, many decades after their first landfall on a new planet, the proud survivors of the first expeditions beyond Earth look up to see the skies darkened by a new breed of pioneers. [2K] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Oct 8, 2015
    95
    Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth Rising Tide is a well developed, superbly balanced, and refined evolution of the original.
  2. Oct 8, 2015
    90
    Fans of CivBE will want to pick this one up. While nothing groundbreaking has been added, the new features flesh out some gameplay from the original, and add the new frontier of aquatic colonization. Perhaps a little heavy on the micromanagement, the overall pace of the game retains that “one more turn” quality.
  3. Oct 13, 2015
    85
    This Beyond Earth expansion offers many more hours of rebalanced gameplay to the saga's fans.
  4. Oct 8, 2015
    80
    Rising Tide enhances Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth to the point that it's difficult to imagine the game without it; in fact, the regular Civilization series should take a few cues from Rising Tide.
  5. Oct 16, 2015
    80
    All in all, Rising Tide is a decent addition to Beyond Earth, and yes, it finally feels like a game that has achieved escape velocity and left the atmosphere and gravitational pull of planet Civ 5.
  6. Oct 9, 2015
    75
    Civilization Beyond Earth: Rising Tide is a good expansion for the fanbase.
  7. Nov 18, 2015
    60
    Rising Tide sometimes feels all wet, but Civilization’s ship can still be righted.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. Nov 23, 2015
    10
    This add on makes the game better. I liked the first installment, even being clear that it was a work in progress. Nothing wrong with that, itThis add on makes the game better. I liked the first installment, even being clear that it was a work in progress. Nothing wrong with that, it was a base where to grow based on players feedback and mods. (But hey, it could have been a little cheaper because of that, right?) Great idea, a way to make the game lasts and be tuned by the ones who actually play it.

    Virtually everything on the game was upgraded. For better. The only thing I still miss is a clear indication of what developments will create Wonders. This was on the most popular mods for the first version, why wasnt added to the game?
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  2. Oct 9, 2015
    10
    Best. Great addon. Firaxis as always make bad game but great expansions. Absolutly worth buying for everyone who already spend their money forBest. Great addon. Firaxis as always make bad game but great expansions. Absolutly worth buying for everyone who already spend their money for CIV:BE and for all CIV fans. Expand
  3. Oct 9, 2015
    10
    This adds a huge amount of content and makes the first half of the game worth playing over and over again. I actually want to play this gameThis adds a huge amount of content and makes the first half of the game worth playing over and over again. I actually want to play this game now. That said, it's going to need some hot patches and patches for balance and bugs. For a one expansion Civilization game, this is a fantastic game that I expect to invest an unreasonable number of hours in. Expand
  4. Nov 11, 2015
    8
    This expansion significantly improves the original game, but with this being said, the game is still lacking. I still prefer Civilization 5.This expansion significantly improves the original game, but with this being said, the game is still lacking. I still prefer Civilization 5. Rising Tide feels linear somehow and also quite static/boring. Expand
  5. Oct 27, 2015
    6
    Make no mistake, Rising Tide vastly improves upon Civ:BE. However, there's only so much you can polish a hexagonally-shaped turd.

    From the
    Make no mistake, Rising Tide vastly improves upon Civ:BE. However, there's only so much you can polish a hexagonally-shaped turd.

    From the first boot up, you'll be greeted with a host of new things to try out. The four new sponsors are interesting, and the revamps of the old ones add to the flavour (maybe with the exception of Elodie). The first time you try it, the new diplomatic traits system seems awesome; it's modular, it lets you upgrade certain parts of your civ...

    And then the flaws start to overwhelm you by mid-game.

    -There's bugs galore; I had water cities not producing on the city hex, another time I couldn't even make planetfall, cities can build any resource-specific building they trade with
    -The new war-score is a trainwreck; the moment you start winning, the AI is forced to give you too much -- prepare for an eternal war
    -A lot of times, the diplomatic traits feel like a non-choice; there are clear winners and losers
    -The late game is still a slog; you may as well rush the new hybrid units and go for a domination victory early
    -Artifacts make the game almost as much of an RNG-fest as Hearthstone; ex. I got the faster agent trait from the artifacts on ARC, combined with diplomatic traits, I was stealing science every two turns (on fast); on the other hand I could've gotten something near completely useless, such as 'cities can attack through obstacles'... yay

    If you treat this game like an engine-building game, similar to tabletop eurogames, you'll have a fun time. Sometimes you want to hilariously develop new virtues every other turn with Al-Falah, then switch to science spam the next. Or wonder spam as PAC. Or trade so much with yourself you end up more inbred that your sister-wife with 6 fingers as Polystralia -- that's fine.

    However, for me, whenever I boot up Civ:BERT, I find myself more enthusiastic going in then coming out. Without a doubt, every time I play it, I'm done by the mid-game and ready to just click next turn until I win; this game has a tendency to way overstay its welcome on your screen. If you're looking for a 4x game with bite, that can hold you for an entire session, I'd suggest you look elsewhere.
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  6. Nov 1, 2015
    0
    Sid Meier has come a long way since Civilization 1 and 2.

    When game play and being the more innovative game was awarded has long passed and
    Sid Meier has come a long way since Civilization 1 and 2.

    When game play and being the more innovative game was awarded has long passed and they release half ass games which should of been DLC for half the price, they release a reskin of a game as a new game.

    2K and Civilization game series is dead to me.
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  7. Oct 10, 2015
    0
    Absolutely bland garbage. Every fault from vanilla BE is here. To queue, you must click 3 times and enter a city screen, no queuing from theAbsolutely bland garbage. Every fault from vanilla BE is here. To queue, you must click 3 times and enter a city screen, no queuing from the map, and that was in CivIV! No "Rest until Healed", nothing. It is still filled with unnecessary animations. AI is as stupid as it was in BE. The game is just bad, bland and soulless. All this new additions are in vain due to inability to fix fundamental flaws of original game. Expand

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