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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Great strategy game builds alien worlds; some safety issues.

Game Mac , Windows 2014
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Fails to live up to Alpha Centauri despite amazing base

Essentially, they put Civ V in space and somehow made everything so much blander. It's like they became afraid of the extremes of Alpha Centauri or the ability to design units, so they just made some three-way choices and bland leaders and called it a day. It had a lot of potential, but it's really in the end a let down.
age 10+

Just Play Civ 5

The game feels like a lesser version of Civilization 5, I recommend purchasing Civ 5 ( Which is much cheaper ) and only after looking at Beyond Earth.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth succeeds in standing apart from the series' Earth-based entries. Some parts feel like the Civilization games players know and love simply done up in sci-fi clothing, but there also are entirely new systems at play that meaningfully change the experience. The orbital layer, for example, lets players launch satellites that confer a variety of useful benefits -- before they eventually crash back to the ground, where they become possible treasure troves for rival nations. And the addition of multistage quests that have specific goals and force players to make hard decisions helps create the narrative and can alter the trajectory of some civilizations.

Although the historical detail that many of the franchise's fans have always enjoyed is missing, it's been replaced with interesting speculative concepts and themes, as well as believable future technologies -- such as genetics, robotics, and artificial evolution -- that will leave players pondering how scientific advances will affect our species in the coming decades and centuries. This is still fundamentally a game about the development and progression of humanity. It's undeniably a different kind of experience than past Civilization games, but that shouldn't scare players away. The world simulation on offer here is just as rich and complicated and satisfying as that of any Sid Meier game set on Earth.

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