Sid Meier’s Civilization Beyond Earth Review
The Civilization series has never disappointed and over the years has been one of the most polished franchises on the PC. Civilization fans have never tired of the format and its gameplay is addictive as any MMORPG. With its newest version, the world of Civilization goes where no man has gone before. Beyond Earth players will begin their dominance of outer space. This game acts as a sequel to the ever popular Alpha Centauri, but also utilizes all the aspects its predecessors to create a new but familiar style. This Civilization Beyond Earth review will convince you to go out and get the game today.
Now that we are in outer space barbarians are a thing of the past and aliens have replaced them. Unlike the mindless barbarians of old, these aliens remember the player’s actions and appear everywhere. Also since there is no faction leader to negotiate with these aliens cause quite a headache with their anarchist behavior. They also play a large role in the game and combined with the ever changing planet conditions these factors cannot be ignored when developing a civilization.
This has a great deal to do with the new affinity system that has been added to this outer space adventure. This new game mechanic gives the player three options to deal with the alien life and allow humanity to thrive in this new environment. These three affinities, Purity, Supremacy, and Harmony provide completely different gameplay options, troop choices, and victory conditions based on how you want to interact with the natives. Choosing the Purify affinity puts the player on a genocide campaign destroying the current inhabitants and taking over the land for their own. The Harmony affinity is exactly how it sounds and players will coincide with the natives to establish a civilization that is beneficial to all the planets inhabitants. Supremacy is a combination of the two in which alien technology and vehicles will be implemented into the player’s army to help with the domination of the current inhabitants. These affinities make the beginning of the game very important and your first few choices will influence the entire outcome of the game. These affinity choices are very prevalent later in the game as your troops transform based on your decision in the first few turns.
It was probably only a matter of time since every game these days seems to have implemented a quest system into their gameplay in some form. The new quest system in Civilization however, works as a fancy tutorial. Just like any quest system you complete certain objectives to gain rewards. But, there is no requirement to do these quests and most of a time they act more like a guide then a necessity. The only reason to truly take the time to do quests is if you become unsure of what your next move should be.
Piraxis Games continues to create one polished sequel after another and this Civilization Beyond Earth review is proof. The game is a must have for any fan of the series and for any strategy game fans. And with the new quest system and the break away from the normal setting this is a perfect time for newcomers to jump aboard. If you want re-playability look no further because Civilization will take up your whole winter break and following semester if you let it.
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