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Sid Meiers Civilization IV Beyond the Sword - PC

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Platform: PC
  • 10 new civilizations
  • 12 new scenarios
  • 78 new units and 64 new buildings
  • 16 new leaders
  • 5 new technologies

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Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000PCLBE2
  • Item Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 23, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,678 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PC

The massive Civilization IV universe is about to become more epic with this 2nd expansion pack to the 2005 Game of the Year. The biggest Civ expansion set ever, Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword focuses on the “late game” time periods after the invention of gunpowder and will deliver 12 unique and challenging scenarios created by the development team at Firaxis as well as some esteemed members of the Civ Community.

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114 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sink your teeth into this hearty expansion! August 13, 2007
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Beyond the sword offers so much more than the previous one. Here is what I believe to be the best aspects:

Espionage is now a much larger part of the game. You may use funding to increase and decrease the amount you would like to concentrate on it. Just like science and culture.

Next war mod- This will add about thirty more techs to your tree in the end-game. Clones, mechs, and mind control centers are just a few examples. The only thing I don't like about this is you have to load the mod in order for it too work. Also, it is a tad annoying that the end-game music plays throughout the entire game if you choose this.

A bunch more leaders and few more civs- this is always a bonus. Holy Roman Empire and Byzantium are great choices. Being a fan of ancient Mesopotamian culture I appreciate the Babylonians and Sumerian civs being added as well. Native Americans are also a fun addition.

There is a new random event concept that actually adds a lot of fun to the game. Something good or bad happens at random and you make choices that either make things better or worse.

When it comes to the scenarios, it looks like they were going for a bit of experimentation instead of the usual. Still if you're anything like me you play these once and never look at them again.

There is one that is like a cyber-punk scifi where you fight zombies. Interesting idea but there isn't much to it. Just walk around in dark buildings while you are assaulted by wave after wave of zombies.

Perhaps the best one is an outer space scenario where you colonize planets. About ten new space civs to choose from and a brand new tech tree .

The Charlemagne scenario as you may have guessed involves the many countries vying for power during the dark ages.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Expansion July 26, 2007
By Robert
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have enjoyed Civilization since my discovery of this wonderful game in the mid-90's. Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword is a nice addition if your a "builder", Warlords the last expansion added some great features, but Beyond the Sword has hit the ball out of the park with new spy unites early in the game, more complicated game dynamics including corporations, religion, spy related point system, and new wonders. Another big plus, is the advanced technology tree, I always wanted to continue past the "Future Techs"-- now I can. PS -- to play civ on linux see [...].
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61 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Problems solved. July 29, 2007
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
As I understood it, the "Beyond the Sword" in the title referred to making the game more interesting in the period after most of the world's territory has already been staked out and all religions founded; previously there was little to do in the late-game apart from declaring war out of meandering ambition and/or boredom (which may yet have been some pretty spectacular social commentary though it didn't make the game any more fun to play). This expansion pack adds espionage, missing from Civ 4 until now, although (as I understand it) a popular feature in previous installments. I've so far heard mixed feedback about how much weight it actually carries - and will admit that I didn't bother really trying it until my second or third game of Beyond the Sword - but I can confirm that it most certainly gives you something to do.

Beyond that, the game runs a bit better than it did previously, and the addition of neat little cause-effect events (i.e. "A dispute has arisen over a marriage between your citizen and a neighboring civilization's; offer money to boost foreign relations or decline and receive a boost in your cultural output") add a lot more than you'd think.

Meanwhile -- as is always the case with expansions like this -- the only way to react to any of the new tangible content (the requisite Civs, leaders, mods, etc.) is to be glad of the fact that it's there, though that's no reason for complaint. Beyond the Sword makes Civilization IV a better game.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CIV- Still interesting after all these years! August 31, 2007
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Almost every new wrinkle introduced in this expansion is a welcome one. I enjoy having lots of civs from which to choose and to try to beat. Some people play the same 2 or 3 civs each time & prefer to be highly expert in that very narrow range & they might not appreciate the broad variety of civs in the Beyond the Sword expansion. I have still not gotten DeGaulle to be anything but a doormat, but will keep trying him from time to time.

Corporations are a cool idea, but they don't gain any traction or have any great advantage at first, maybe deep into the game they get better. Of course, the dimension that matters the most is spying, which begins as soon as you acquire the alphabet technology. Money, units, city improvements, use of specialists, and long-terms strategy all have an impact on your spying prowess during a game. I have played scores of hours, and feel as if I have only scratched the surface on learning how to exercise all of the options available in this one part of the game.

Similarly, getting up in the air when you acquire the physics technology is a bonus. Airships are the best new unit IMHO, but there are many to keep old players working on inventing new strategies in familiar situations. For those looking to get into CIV for the first time, I need to share several items of caution:
1. You will consume huge amounts of time. The game is as addictive as a Tom Clancy thriller and even tho' you know it is time to put it down, you can't at times.
2. The game is complex. Civ III or Civ IV will provide you just as much entertainment as starting off with this expansion pack, and will not be as daunting to learn. Use the expansion packs to enhance your experience once the basic games have lost some interest.
3. The game works best with a strong graphics card and lots of RAM. It is possible to dumb it down and still play without crashing, but the experience is much better with enhanced graphics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Player for a few weeks and got bored with it.
Not as good as the other issues in the Civ franchise. I played it for a couple of weeks and went back to Civ III.
Published 2 months ago by Peter Mckay
5.0 out of 5 stars Each Version gets better, never disappointed.
I have been playing this series since CIV II and I never regret buying the next installment. This series hits a very fine formula of upgrading the game with new graphics and new... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually better than Civilization V
I actually like this one better than Civilization V. I like the ability to trade technologies, and the adoption of "civs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Nollet
5.0 out of 5 stars Years later, I'm still playing it
I love this game. I've had it for many years and still enjoy playing it. It takes a while to load, yet it is worth the time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great base game, and great modding engine
Besides all the cool things that were added to the base game, this expansion showed us how flexible the Civ 4 modding engine is. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Yeager
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game for gamers with non-gamer spouses
Very worthwhile expansion to a well done game. Turn based design make it good for new gamer introductions. Civ V probably is my next buy.
Published 12 months ago by AppGator
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
I enjoyed the game a lot. Since this is an expansion you will need Civ IV to play this game. If you are a fan of Civ IV then you will enjoy this game. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars A great expansion pack for an amazing game!
I enjoy this expansion pack very much! I love the random events, which makes the make funnier and even more unpredictable. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars The expansion just made Civ 4 more great than it is!
Beyond The Sword just brings more life to an already excellent strategy/simulation game! Really liked the enhancements in the game!
Published 13 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!
I love this game. I have lost it twice and I keep repurchasing it. I am not a big fan of Civ5, so for me this is the ultimate game.
Published 14 months ago by Josh
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