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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth [Online Game Code]

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Edition: Standard
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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard
  • Online Code: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States and who have a U.S. billing address.
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  • ASIN: B00JLK6ULS
  • Release Date: October 21, 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,676 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard

Product Description

Pre-purchase Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth and receive the Exoplanets Map Pack for free.

The Exoplanets Map Pack includes six custom maps inspired by real-world exoplanets. Specialized scripts produce randomized geographic layouts each time a new game begins, allowing for even more replayability on new alien worlds.
  • Kepler 186f: This lush forest planet is one of the oldest known Earth-like planets.
  • Rigil Khantoris Bb: Orbiting the closest star to the solar system, the historical records of this arid continental planet’s settlement are well-preserved.
  • Tau Ceti d: This planet of seas and archipelagos features a booming biodiversity and a wealth of resources.
  • Mu Arae f: Tidally locked in orbit around a weak star, the southern hemisphere of this planet is a blistering desert where the sun never sets, while the northern hemisphere is perpetually in frozen darkness.
  • 82 Eridani e: An alien world of scarce water and wracked by tectonic forces.
  • Eta Vulpeculae b: A mysterious new discovery with unknown terrain.

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award-winning Civilization series. Set in the future, global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity. As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind.

As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, you will write the next chapter for humanity as you lead your people into a new frontier and create a new civilization in space. Explore and colonize an alien planet, research new technologies, amass mighty armies, build incredible Wonders and shape the face of your new world. As you embark on your journey you must make critical decisions. From your choice of sponsor and the make-up of your colony, to the ultimate path you choose for your civilization, every decision opens up new possibilities.

Key Features:

  • Seed the Adventure: Establish your national identity, choosing one of eight different factions, each with its own unique gameplay benefits. Craft your expedition by assembling your spacecraft, cargo & colonists through a series of choices that directly seed the starting conditions when arriving at the new planet. A new quest system guides you as you begin your journey.
  • Colonize an Alien World: Explore the dangers and benefits of a new planet filled with alien terrain, resources, and hostile life forms unlike those of Earth. Build outposts, establish trade routes and develop flourishing cities to create prosperity for your people.
  • Technology Web: To reflect progress forward into an uncertain future, technology advancement occurs through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind.
  • Orbital Layer: Build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific units that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.
  • Unit Customization: Unlock different upgrades through the tech web and customize your units to reflect your play style.
  • Contend with Rivals: Wage war, form diplomatic alliances, and engage in espionage in your path to victory against other factions, each with its own leader and different gameplay style.
  • Multiplayer: Up to 8 players can compete for dominance of a new alien world.
  • Mod support: Robust mod support allows you to customize and extend your game experience.


Minimum System Requirements:
  • Supported OS: Windows Vista SP2/7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB ATI HD3650 or better, 256 MB nVidia 8800 GT or better, or Intel HD 3000 or better integrated graphics
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c‐compatible sound card
  • Additional Notes: Other Requirements: Initial installation requires one-time Internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Microsoft Visual C++2012 Runtime Libraries and Microsoft DirectX.
Recommended System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Vista SP2 / 7
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD HD5000 series or better (or ATI R9 series for Mantle support), nVidia GT400 series or better, or Intel IvyBridge or better integrated graphics
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c‐compatible sound card

Steam account required for game activation and installation



© 1991-2014 Take-Two Interactive Software and its subsidiaries. Developed by Firaxis Games. Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, Sid Meier’s Civilization, Civ, Civilization, 2K, Firaxis Games, Take-Two Interactive Software and their respective logos are all trademarks of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. The ratings icon is a trademark of the Entertainment Software Association. All other marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

From the Manufacturer

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Supported OS: Windows Vista SP2/7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB ATI HD3650 or better, 256 MB nVidia 8800 GT or better, or Intel HD 3000 or better integrated graphics
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0ccompatible sound card
  • Additional Notes: Other Requirements: Initial installation requires one-time Internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Microsoft Visual C++2012 Runtime Libraries and Microsoft DirectX.

Recommended System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows Vista SP2 / 7
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD HD5000 series or better (or ATI R9 series for Mantle support), nVidia GT400 series or better, or Intel IvyBridge or better integrated graphics
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0ccompatible sound card

Steam account required for game activation and installation


From the Manufacturer

A NEW BEGINNING FOR MANKIND

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award-winning Civilization series. Set in the future, global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity. As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind.

As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, you will write the next chapter for humanity as you lead your people into a new frontier and create a new civilization in space. Explore and colonize an alien planet, research new technologies, amass mighty armies, build incredible Wonders and shape the face of your new world. As you embark on your journey you must make critical decisions. From your choice of sponsor and the make-up of your colony, to the ultimate path you choose for your civilization, every decision opens up new possibilities.

Seed the Adventure

Establish your cultural identity by choosing one of eight different expedition sponsors, each with its own leader and unique gameplay benefits. Assemble your spacecraft, cargo & colonists through a series of choices that directly seed the starting conditions when arriving at the new planet.

Colonize an Alien World

Explore the dangers and benefits of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, valuable resources, and hostile life forms unlike those of Earth. Build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes to create prosperity for your people.

Technology Web

To reflect progress forward into an uncertain future, technology advancement occurs through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind. The technology web is organized around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.

Quest System

Quests are injected with fiction about the planet, and help to guide you through a series of side-missions that will aid in resource collection, unit upgrades, and advancement through the game.

Orbital Layer

Build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.

Unit Customization

Unlock different upgrades through the tech web and customize your units to reflect your play style.

Multiplayer

Up to 8 players can compete for dominance of a new alien world.


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Customer Reviews

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85 of 92 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Main issue is this does not feel like a $50 game October 24, 2014
By izau
Platform for Display:PC Download|Edition:Standard
Just okay. Main issue is this does not feel like a $50 game. It feels like (and is) a reskin mod for Civ V. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this didn't meet it.

Some of the issues:
- All of the "planets" you can land on are basically the same. The map scripts can vary, but the native monsters are always exactly the same.
- There are no exotic features on these planets. The planet feels exactly like Earth with a few monsters hanging around
- Boring nations/leaders
- Many of the maps make it *extremely* hard to see what is on a tile, or even what type of tile it is
- Clunky UI, especially inside cities
- Very little innovation in mechanics. Anyone familiar with Civ V will be able to tell exactly where most of the mechanics mapped over from. Very much like a middling mod.

Verdict: 3/5
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83 of 93 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
UPDATED: 10/27
Typical issues rampant on launch day PC games now a days.

High resolution support is STILL(10/27)bugged for some(ie: 1920x1080) 2K/Firaxis are aware(https://twitter.com/CivGame/status/525444246372114432)of the bug as this is not intended, but still, how does something like a pretty standard resolution like 1920x1080 end up missing from the launch build, and not a single tester caught it???
Looks like garbage on low resolution(s), so I'll update how I feel about Civ:BE after they patch/update it.

It's stuff like this that slowly drains my patience with the state of the gaming industry, and it's not isolated to PC games either, it's industry wide. QA has taken a back seat, at our expense.

EDIT: A "work-around" for the lack of Fullscreen 1080 support is: run in windowed mode, however this isn't borderless windowed mode, it's crappy windowed mode, but for now it's better than low res.

UPDATE: After an hour or so of playing:

Gameplay: Nearly identical to Civilization games before it, but has an amazing number of choices that shape your Civilization, that put Civ5 to shame. Unlike Civ5, Beyond Earth really makes you work for what you accomplish, you cannot simply make blind choices, or send out scouts/explorers without significant risk.

So far, I've been trying to learn about the Alien species on the planet I chose, rather than being combative, and I'm finding it to be quite challenging, as some species rattle your nerves in their size and potential threat. I have taken precautions though by placing Marine's along trade routes and my colonies.
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected but Civ 5 is still better. October 27, 2014
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
I purchased this game from a position of already being underwhelmed. I had watched the pre-release videos on Youtube, found out who the civs were going to be and was pretty uninspired to begin with. Personally I don't like the civilizations they created for this game, and prepare for a lot of your favourite "nations" to be missing from the rather thin line-up of playable nations. That being said, with my initial expectations perhaps being lower than other people, I played the game. The first play through I thought I would just have a quick game, but found myself having played 4 hours in a blink of an eye without even noticing the time going by. The game is very addictive and the game play is actually better than I expected.

The setting up of a game is quite well thought out, allowing you to customize starting bonuses for your chosen civ and map type. This can be important depending upon the type of map you play, for example, playing a water world may prompt you to select the option which reveals coastlines on your new planet. Once the game starts, you select the tile you want your rover/first city to land on, and then you are ready to go.

There are those who will say that this game is a Civ 5 reskin, which in some ways is true since the engine, graphics and UI aspects are similar to the predecessor, I would however argue that the game play is new and different. Early on in the game, I found myself not even really bothered or concerned about the rival civs landing on the planet, because the main concern early on is establishing your first cities and dealing with the aliens. The aliens are vast in number and how you treat them often determines how they treat you, either aggressively or passively.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By David
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Not worth $50. Frankly, I think I compares poorly with Civ V. The aliens can be difficult in the early stages, but are complete pushovers in the later stages. So, they are really just beefed up barbarians. The technology web certainly gives more options, but I'm not sure what that really accomplishes. I guess it would allow you to focus of different affinities for a slightly different gameplay experience, although I'me not sure how different it would really be. Yeah, you could develop different technologies, etc. But, I suspect most of us approach these games in pretty much the same way, i.e. we tend to be aggressive, or not, etc. Anyway, there are differences, technology web versus tree, this concept of affinities, and the whole alien skin. But, it really is just a tweaked version of Civ V, and I don't see it as an improvement, just different. Frankly, I'll probably go back to Civ V.

There are actually a few problems with the interface. I didn't experience much in the way of technical problems. But, just a lot of little things. Like, it is difficult sometimes to understand the differences between the different units. The names keep changing as they are upgraded, like Civ V, but the names do not indicate what type of unit they are, as they did in Civ V. Some units are essentially infantry, some are armor, some are artillery, and some are combination art/arm, but until you memorize the oddball unit names (which change), you don't know which is which. To top it off, some are essentially amphibious, even floating over canyons, but there is no indication of that capability unless you go into the encyclopedia...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome game! Hours and hours of fun.
Published 3 days ago by Kenneth Hanna
2.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Earth is a bust. While playing the struggles ...
Beyond Earth is a bust. While playing the struggles to stay alive and survive I'm struggling to stay awake.
Published 4 days ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Different enough
The improvements and change of venue make it worthwhile.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new version, lots of fun!
I've been playing Civilization for a number of years and really enjoy this new version. I recommend to all civilization fans.
Published 7 days ago by Jesse McClelland
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that great
Not what I've come to expect from a Civ game. Civ V is a better game. This one is not bad, but it just adds nothing new.
Published 7 days ago by Darin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good...
Overall the game is very enjoyable. The graphics for the battle sequences are a little weak and cartoonish; should have followed Civilization 5's lead. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Pen Name
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it.
Not much different than Civ 5. They changed the theme, but the actual game play is almost identical. Didn't like it.
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars PC works just fine so its the downloaded game
Junk !!!! Downloaded on PC and would not run. PC works just fine so its the downloaded game. Waste of $50.
Published 19 days ago by Laptopbs
4.0 out of 5 stars A good game
If you're a fan of the Civilization series of games this is similar but a bit more complex. There is an issue where you need to run the game in windowed mode due to a problem with... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Michael Lacy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great game, but a steep learning curve.
Published 19 days ago by Jim Laubach
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