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Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword

Genre
Perspective
Theme
Misc
MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
84
3.8
Windows
86
4.3
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Description

Beyond the Sword is the second expansion to Sid Meier's Civilization IV, a turn-based strategy game covering different time periods. This add-on improves the existing game with new features and expands it with additional content.

There are now more than 100 random events, such as floods, earthquakes, diplomatic marriages, golden ages or unexpected demands, with a geographical, economical or political impact. These can favour the player or present another obstacle, and they are also presented as quests during gameplay, with rewards upon completion. Corporations are another new element; just like religions, these can be spread all over the world and provide benefits in exchange for resources. The espionage options have been expanded, there are advanced starts to play in any era and buy components from an already-developed nation, space victory has become more complex to achieve, diplomatic victory offers more solutions, and there are new world types and an option to choose any leader for any civilization.

The content provides 10 new civilizations (Babylon, Byzantines, Ethiopia, Holy Roman Empire, Khmer, Mayans, Native Americans, The Netherlands, Portugal and Sumer), 6 new leaders for the existing civilizations (Abraham Lincoln, Queen Boudica, Charles de Gaulle, Pericles, Suleiman the Magnificent and Darius), 11 new scenarios, new world and national wonders, and also general units, buildings, promotions and technologies.

General gameplay changes include improved AI, more stress on the navy through on-map ocean routes, a revamped foreign advisory screen, colonies from the motherland forming new civilizations and much more.

This add-on includes some content and enhancements from Warlords, the first expansion, but not the new scenarios.

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Alternate Titles

  • "文明帝國 IV:新世紀爭霸" -- Chinese title (traditional)
  • "Civilization IV: Эпоха огня" -- Russian title
  • "シヴィライゼーション4 ビヨンド ザ ソード" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

NZGamer Windows Jul 21, 2007 9.5 out of 10 95
Gaming Nexus Windows Sep 05, 2007 A- 91
Peliplaneetta.net Windows Aug 01, 2007 90 out of 100 90
Power Unlimited Windows 2007 88 out of 100 88
4Players.de Windows Jul 30, 2007 87 out of 100 87
Gamezone (Germany) Windows Jul 24, 2007 8.7 out of 10 87
Gamona Windows Jul 21, 2007 87 out of 100 87
MacLife Macintosh Nov 10, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Revolution Windows Aug 13, 2007 B 75
Hooked Gamers Windows Jul 23, 2007 7 out of 10 70

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