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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Oceanic expansion makes sci-fi world simulation even better.

Game Mac , Windows 2015
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

A decent made video-game

This video game was OK to me. It wasn't over-the-top violence like most video-games do. I actually enjoyed this game. My younger son, 10, thought this was too violent... he never finished the this vidoe-game. T: violence

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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide isn't an entirely new game, but it's close. The changes to diplomacy add a deep and multifaceted political layer that goes far beyond the basic abilities to declare war and open borders found in the original game. And while it still needs some tweaking -- it can be easy to generate a vast surplus of diplomatic capital late in the game -- the new diplomacy features can have game-changing results when used properly early on. Aquatic cities, meanwhile, completely alter how empires evolve by enhancing our ability to exploit ocean resources and the removing the once dire limitations of unluckily founding a colony on a small section of land. It's now possible to grow your territory simply by moving your sea-based city, one tile at a time.

A laundry list of minor changes also serve to help refresh the experience. For example, as players grow in the game's three affinities -- supremacy, harmony, and purity -- they can earn specialized hybrid military units as well as level up units with upgrades that compliment their dominant affinity, providing boosts that increase unit's attack, healing, and cooperative abilities. These and other changes provide a host of new variables to be factored into the player's constantly evolving strategy, and will take multiple games and dozens of hours to master. The wealth of new content and changes to game structure provide plenty of reasons for fans of the base game to get lost in this robust civilization simulator all over again.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac , Windows
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : reading, Science : biology, energy, geology, rocks and minerals, Social Studies : government, power structures, the economy
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : analyzing evidence, prediction, problem solving, strategy
  • Pricing structure: Paid (This is an expansion pack for Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth. The base game is required to play.)
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Release date: October 8, 2015
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Topics: Science and Nature , Space and Aliens
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Language
  • Last updated: December 18, 2021

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