About the Product
- 10 new civilizations
- 12 new scenarios
- 78 new units and 64 new buildings
- 16 new leaders
- 5 new technologies
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not what I was expecting, I should have looked more closely at the description. this is not an MMOPublished 18 months ago by Daniel T. Virgin
wish the description indicated it was only usable on XP, 2000, and earlier windows, will not work on any windows greater then XP.Published 19 months ago by James Copeland
In turn based strategy games I recommend either this one (the final expansion for Civ IV) or Civilization 5 upgraded to Brave New World. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Bruce Hilton