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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, economic, or political impact. These can favor 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.

Screenshots

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword Windows One of the new units: The Stealth Destroyer
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword Windows One shot from the Sci-Fi RPG scenario.
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword Windows Main menu
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword Windows The spy screen

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Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword Screenshot
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword Screenshot
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Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword Other

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Alternate Titles

  • "文明帝國 IV:新世紀爭霸" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Эпоха огня" -- Russian spelling
  • "Civ4: BtS" -- Common abbreviation
  • "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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YouGamers Windows Jul 31, 2007 94 out of 100 94
Deaf Gamers Windows Sep, 2007 9.2 out of 10 92
1UP Windows Jul 24, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Peliplaneetta.net Windows Aug 01, 2007 90 out of 100 90
Gamona Windows Jul 21, 2007 87 out of 100 87
MacLife Macintosh Nov 10, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Bit-Tech Windows Aug 04, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Jul 24, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Aug 28, 2007 79 out of 100 79
Hooked Gamers Windows Jul 23, 2007 7 out of 10 70

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