Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Disappointed, big time.
I'm a huge, long time Civ fan. It's one of the few franchises I find tremendous replay value in. Unfortunately that streak stopped with this game. I had huge hopes and expectations from Beyond Earth and I started playing the minute it was available for download. Right away I noticed some things that felt off. I don't feel like writing a huge review however I'll just point out a couple things. The content in this game is very weak. The technology menu / system is poor and not well developed. The graphics are basically the same as Civ 5. The variety of unit options are minimal. The wonders in the game are lackluster, and feel like building any other structure. There aren't any scenarios. At least I couldn't find any in the poorly made menu system. Anyhow, I've put about 14 hours into the game all in the first week it was released and I haven't played since. I'm hugely disappointed I paid full price for this game and would welcome a refund from 2K. My suggestion is to keep playing Civ 5, and forget this game if and until they release some updates.
Buy this game!
Personally, I love Beyond Earth and a lot of what is has to offer. It takes many elements from Civ V and improves upon them and it includes many new mechanics that feel just right for the setting. The only major problem that I have with the game is the amount of aliens and the difficulty of the aliens in the sea. Other than that, it is a really fun game that I have already put over 100 hours into it. The sounds in the game, especially the music, are very well done and add to the other worldly feel of it. The only thing wrong with it is the lack of voice acting in some areas. The gameplay is really fun with the introduction of a more advanced Cover operations, Affinities that affects both play style and relations with other players, the ability to befriend the aliens, and so much more! The graphics are nice to look at for long periods of time, but they could have gone for a more alien look other than changing some of the terrain here and there. This game does have a good lasting appeal, especially if you love the game as much as I do. Over all, this is a well done game that improves upon the last in many ways, and I highly recommend buying it!
It takes forever to do things
I will admit this is my first Sid Meier's game. I've always heard great things about the others from friends. So as soon as I saw the context of this game, I thought it would be awesome.
Man was I wrong.
To start, there is no campaign, no cinematics other than the intro getting into the game. The game is just built like your going into some RTS multiplayer match. So I get into the game, already starting to wonder how things are. And when I go to start learning controls/building it gets even worse. I won't even mention my dislike of the turn style play, as I can deal with that. But you don't just click something, and a pop up menu tells you your options what to do, you have to go from menu to menu to do stuff. Once you figure out how to make a unit, it can get a little better, but it takes forever for it to move places, and as long if not worse, to get a worker unit to build something.
If your a new gamer, going into this game.. I say STAY AWAY. If you already played Sid Meiers games, and you like it? Go for it. But I would not recommend this to anyone.
I expected something in between starcraft and Sim City, but this is far from that.
Has some of the old Alpha Centuri feel to it, along with the modern touches of the civilization series. New features too.
As a big fan of 4x games, this is a title I have been looking forward to for some time. I'm especially interesed in seeing what Firaxis does with the inevitable expansions, I feel there is immense potential there.
I am a huge fan of the civilization and have spent a crapton of time playing civ 4 and 5, and this seems like it will be pretty good, however i am curious what it will be like given that it starts with modern technology rather than ancient technology.
im a big fan of civilization revolution and i hope this game is similar to it. i like the idea of aliens
I honestly don't know how far they're gonna go with this series. just gets better and better. i can't wait for this one to come out. All out great game.
I am so excited for this game to come out! I hope that they do some kind of pre-order bonus like an extra race or something along those lines.