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Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword (Macintosh)

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If you’re a Civ addict, this is a no-brainer. You want, crave, need more Civ, with expanded technologies and new nations to conquer. Plus you get a slew of mods that amount to new games in and of themselves. If you’re not a Civ addict, the $35 price tag for a set of mods (some of which can be downloaded for free) and techs that are refinements of familiar ones might seem daunting. But then, I’ve never met anyone who played Civilization who wasn’t an addict.
Ich muss gestehen, dass mir das Vorgänger-Addon Warlords als Endlosspieler weniger zugesagt hat. Dafür waren die Neuerungen und Spielelemente zu sehr auf die Missionen konzentriert. Das ist hier anders. Die vielen Erweiterungen und Verbesserungen wirken alle durchdacht und bereichern gerade den Endlosmodus enorm. Besonders die Zufallsereignisse und die Konzerne haben es mir angetan. Denn sie geben dem Titel wesentlich mehr taktische Tiefe und Abwechslung. Da kann ich auch die dröge Inszenierung mit seinen langweiligen Textboxen in den Missionen, und die in die Jahre gekommene Grafik verschmerzen. Die Entwickler haben tatsächlich nicht übertrieben. Beyond the Sword ist nicht nur das beste Addon dieser Serie, sondern auch ein willkommener Grund, Civilization IV wieder einmal aus dem Regal zu holen und sich auf die Reise durch eure Geschichte der Menschheit zu begeben.
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Now all of that is said and done, the question remains. Is Beyond the Sword a worth addition to the Civilization franchise? After playing, you'll probably end up saying "yes." Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword adds loads of new content, with new areas of gameplay, entirely reworked universes to play in, random events, and plenty of mods to choose from, it easily delivers enough to make it worth the $35 to anyone who enjoys the series.
Bien que le moteur graphique n’ai pas bougé d’un pouce, Beyond the Sword apporte un contenu très riche au jeu original. Un arbre technologiques considérablement étendu dans le futur, des scénarios totalement délirants et de nombreuses nouvelles civilisations devraient finir de convaincre les plus frileux. Si l’univers de Civilization IV avait déjà retenu votre attention, cette extension est tout simplement le plus convaincante à ce jour.
Some of Beyond the Sword's scenarios essentially add new graphics to the basic Civ IV rules. But others make drastic changes. You'll flounder a little, digging through everything without a comprehensive guide, but you'll find new favorites too.
Fans of the Civilization series appreciate how rich and rewarding a world simulator Sid Meier has created. Beyond the Sword gives you more of the same, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The game could use some tweaks to various gameplay elements but the overall experience is something that you can’t help but want to get lost in. The new wrinkles and folds that Meier has introduced into his maze-like world only makes immersion that much easier.