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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.


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 One of the new units: The Stealth Destroyer
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


Alternate Titles

  • "文明帝國 IV:新世紀爭霸" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Эпоха огня" -- Russian spelling
  • "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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Worth Playing Windows Sep 09, 2007 9.5 out of 10 95
GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven Windows Jul 23, 2007 92 out of 100 92
PC Powerplay Windows Aug 27, 2007 92 out of 100 92 Windows Aug 01, 2007 90 out of 100 90
Games4Mac Macintosh 2009 88 out of 100 88
Gamer 2.0 Windows Aug 06, 2007 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Aug 01, 2007 83 out of 100 83
Computer Bild Spiele Windows Sep 05, 2007 1.93 out of 6 81
Vgames Windows Sep 19, 2007 77 out of 100 77
Macworld Macintosh Sep 14, 2009 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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