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PostSubject: Civilization: Beyond Earth   Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:17 am

I've played an hour of Beyond Earth and so far it feels like a mod for Civ V. It's not ugly or anything but you don't get that much in the way of voices and soundsets or leaders animations (hard to tell much about leaders at this point but they don't stand out). The music is rather nice and that's definitely a good thing.

The game features a fanciful mix of civilizations which add to the idea of playing a mod... Gameplay wise starting off with what is future tech stuff in Civ V feels slightly different but it doesn't hide the fact that it's pretty much the same old routine (maybe I'm spoiled but still aliens instead of barbarians don't make a whole world of difference).

I can't see this game as a standalone product. So much so that I can't find any real reason to be playing Beyond Earth instead of Civ V Brave New World.

I'm going to give it a little more time during the free weekend but so far my first impression is that it doesn't really bring much to the genre except a cool reskin (in all fairness I was more thrilled when I first played Empires of the Smoky Skies, the Steampunk mod for Civ V).

Going by my first impression I have to say that if you're bored with regular civ then I think you would be better off playing Endless Legend or Endless Space instead.

Then again it took several years for Civ V to become any good (while retaining the focus on happiness which IMO is still a limitation compared to Civ 4) so it will probably take quite some time for Beyond Earth to fulfill its potential. It's a rather disheartening perspective.

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PostSubject: Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth   Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:04 am

Took a look at the game but I think there is too much text for me to deal with. At least for an iffy game. However since it is a free weekend I may hop in again when bored. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth   Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:40 am

Don't get me wrong, it's not an iffy game. It's just hard to compare this game to Civ V at the moment.

The tech tree shaped like a web is a nice addition but the whole experience feels like a modded Civ V without some of the things that make Civ V fun.

Basically Civ has always used history as a template to give some sort of background to the different civilizations that can be played (for instance the French get musketeers, a bonus to culture and rulers who are psychos while Americans get a Manifest Destiny bonus and marines). The Civilization series is not about simulating real world history accurately (except if you're playing some very specific scenarios and even then the accuracy may be questionable) so going for science fiction doesn't feel odd considering you've always been able to play the American civilization in ancient times (the game series has never been able to tell the difference between real world civilizations and nations).

The problem with CivBE is that the factions are a mix between different real world nations like Franco-Iberia for instance which doesn't tell us much except that French and Spaniards are lumped together under the leadership of an old lady named √Člodie. Here lies the problem. In regular Civ V you would face great historical figures like Napoleon and Isabella of Spain and right from the start you would have a rough idea that the first would be a warmonger and the second a devout Catholic. Here with √Člodie we get the idea that she likes both science and culture and that's pretty much it.

In any case considering it's the free weekend I would recommend giving the game a try if you're interested. Ironically it may be a better experience if you're not into Civ V because you won't be comparing both games all the time.

Last but not least if you turn the tutorial on you get voiced explanations telling you all there is to know about getting started which may be a great help for newcomers to the series.

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PostSubject: Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth   Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:06 pm

When I say iffy game I mean iffy for me. I will take a look again. Thanks for the comments. Have fun.

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PostSubject: Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth   Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:39 pm

No problem. Smile

I just wanted to make sure that I wasn't implying the game sucked but I stand by what I've posted above. Playing this game feels a lot like playing a mod for Civ V.

In any case the introduction video is really nice:


I like that they chose to make this video about a young Indian woman taking this journey to the stars and I wish the game would live up to its introduction. Still it's a nice change of pace considering most videogames put forward strippers and bodybuilders.

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