Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 67 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

75%

Critics Recommend

Based on 67 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Gamers FTW
Unscored
Gamers FTW

Top Critic

Unscored
Oct 28, 2014

If you're a fan of the series and you're not short of money, then Beyond Earth is worth getting. Otherwise, wait for a sale or buy Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri instead.

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TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 22, 2014
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TechnoBuffalo
Buy
Buy
Oct 23, 2014

I'm addicted. In the middle of a holiday season that's seen and will see a lot of strong games, I don't want to put Civilization: Beyond Earth down.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 28, 2014

Beyond Earth is still fun, and an immense time-sink – of course it is, it's Civilization. But would that it was truly beyond Earth, and truly beyond Civ V. Not a crash and burn – but the Prometheus of the Civ franchise, an interesting failure with much of value in the wreckage.

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Kotaku
Yes
Yes
Oct 22, 2014

The great Civ V experiment continues, and for the most part, it's a success.

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Scored Reviews

gameranx
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2014

If you ever want to play another game again, this series is not for you. But, if you had to pick only one to play for the rest of your life, Civilization: Beyond Earth would be a solid choice. The various factions and Affinities will ensure multiple, robust playthroughs, each presenting unique scenarios that will encourage the player to strategize in challenging new ways with each file. I look forward to my next 400 hours with the game.

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GamingBolt
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2014

Civilization takes to the stars, and lands right among them to deliver the greatest strategy game experience in years.

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Destructoid
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2014

If only there were more variety in the structure of the victory conditions between divergent philosophies, Civilization: Beyond Earth would be a perfect game. Even with that dissonance, it is damn close. The Civilization pedigree holds a lot of weight after all these years, and Beyond Earth more than lives up to its name.

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High-Def Digest
Oct 27, 2014

It is a wonderful love letter to fans of 'Alpha Centauri' and certainly one of the best turn-based releases this year.

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Digital Trends
Oct 23, 2014

If science fiction Civilization is an appealing prospect to you, Civilization: Beyond Earth will satisfy that promise on nearly every count.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Oct 23, 2014

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is a great and easily approachable game. The intuitive interface and flexibility of the numerous options make it an easy "yes" for any strategy gamer or Civ fan looking for something more than Earth's history may have to offer. While the visual and stylistic choices may not prove to be to everyone's tastes, there is plenty of both new and familiar to satisfy anyone willing to hop on aboard and see where Beyond Earth is able to take you.

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We Got This Covered
Nov 11, 2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth is decidedly deserving of carrying the weight of the franchise in a new direction, but it's simply lacking enough variety for it to become the new standard bearer.

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GameSkinny
Jan 25, 2015

Civilization: Beyond Earth is my game of the year for 2014

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Telegraph
Nov 2, 2014

The final result is a brilliant alteration of an old friend, shining a new light on a proven structure.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 23, 2014

It must be an interesting challenge for developers of a series so focused on history to tackle questions of humanity's future. Obviously both subjects tap into many of the same sources, but where most Civilization games explore who we are, Beyond Earth systemizes who we could be.

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GameZone
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2014

Any game where you can to transform humanity into a race of Cybermen to go back, conquer Earth, and upload everyone's consciousness to a great network is a damn good game IMHO.

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Daily Dot
Oct 23, 2014

Get ready to lose hours of your life to Civilization: Beyond Earth

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Impulsegamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Nov 9, 2014

Aims for the stars and reaches them

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PCWorld
Oct 23, 2014

The space-themed Beyond Earth is polished, deep, and addictive—what more could you want from a Civilization game?

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SelectButton
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 7, 2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth shakes up the turn-based strategy formula, taking the series to new heights and new locations. The past experiences of the team at Firaxis with Alpha Centuri shine through, blending both styles of games into one of the best strategy games of the year.

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Polygon
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth successfully injects new life into Sid Meier's long-running strategy series

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Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2014

There's a ton to explore here within an inviting strategy shell, enticing those who have never delved into the 4X space and demanding the attention of genre fans

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2014

Another success in the line of Civ games.  It does a good job of setting the scene and taking the player along on a story of hope, struggle and triumph.  The ability to customize your side both before and during the game will lend itself to long debates over the "best " strategies.  Replayability and the inevitable mods and expansions will keep this on your hard drive for a long time.

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GameCrate
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2014

If anyone needs me, I'll be playing Beyond Earth for a very, very long time.

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Pixel Dynamo
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2014

Beyond Earth is a bold step into the future for the Civilization series, and one that is well-judged and deftly executed. While hardcore genre fans might not get much of a kick out of its – in places – stripped-down take on 4X, what it provides is something quite unlike anything the series has provided before – one that fully embraces its potential for creating unique stories with every game, and provides the tools through which they might be more fleshed out than ever before.

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AusGamers
8.8 / 10.0
AusGamers

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2014

Put aside your expectations of an Alpha Centauri successor, play it like a sci-fi Civilization V and enjoy experimenting with the combinations of sponsors, affinities and techs.

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GameTrailers
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2014

It's easy to look at Beyond Earth and see it as nothing more than an elaborate reskin of Civilization V. In many ways, it shares a similar interface and borrows many components. Yet as soon as you get to the end of your first game, you're acutely aware of how different it feels. At this point, it's cliche to say how time consuming Civilization can be, but Beyond Earth only lends further credence to the phrase "one more turn."

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PC Gamer
87 / 100
87 / 100
Oct 22, 2014

Although its foundation in Civ 5 makes it familiar, Beyond Earth is full of interesting surprises that are pleasantly difficult to master.

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Arcade Sushi
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth sets itself apart from the previous games in the series in ways big and small, and you would be mistaken to dismiss this entry in the strategy franchise as "Civ V in space." Beyond Earth is an excellent standalone experience that can be enjoyed regardless of your history with the series—though having some understanding of how the turn-based strategy gameplay works is certainly an asset. After 300 hours of Civ V, the time has come to move on; I've left Earth and headed into space, and I think I will be there for thousands more turns to come.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 22, 2014

Passive AI and lackluster online support from the community isn't enough to make Civilization: Beyond Earth a total wash. If you've enjoyed the series over the years, you'll likely spend many hours with this entry as well. It deviates just enough from the excellent Civilization V to be a worthwhile experience, and it offers a different pace than its predecessor, so even though it's not a significant upgrade, it's still pretty remarkable.

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Softpedia
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2014

Beyond Earth is just as innovative when it comes to the mechanics of the turn-based strategy series as Civilization V was before it and gamers will need a bit of time to become accustomed to the increased customization, the tech web and the powerful challenge posed by the alien life.

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Game Debate
8.5 / 10.0
Game Debate
Felix Nova

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2014

Beyond Earth takes Civilization V's core game structure and manages what Civilization games always do. They have added just enough new (re-skinning the gameplay, story, graphics and base tactics) without letting the game become too unfamiliar. Once again I am sure many of us will find ourselves muttering 'one more turn' under our breath as the sun comes up over our own beautiful world.

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GamesBeat
83 / 100
83 / 100
Oct 22, 2014

Sid Meier should be proud to have his name on Civilization: Beyond Earth. It's got its problems. But it's a game that will have you staying up late at night, itching to complete just one more turn.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
EGM

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2014

Taking the playstyle from Civilization V and launching it into space, Civilization: Beyond Earth introduces a number of interesting concepts into the series' tried-and-true strategy formula. While the gameplay remains addictive, the learning curve here is steep, with lots of small details that demand your attention. What you make of it depends on your patience and ability to adapt to the cruelties of space.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2014

Beyond Earth is a very good game, one that encourages the 'one more turn' addiction the series is famous for. But at its core, it isn't terribly different from Civ 5

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Toronto Sun
Oct 23, 2014

So far, Civilization: Beyond Earth is a stellar – no pun intended – new addition to the franchise, and what it lacks in the familiarity of historical cultures and settings it gains with some clever new tweaks and an even grander vision of humanity's potential. See you in a million days. Give or take.

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USgamer
Oct 22, 2014

I was worried going in that Civilization: Beyond Earth would be little more than a re-skinned Civilization V with a few added bells and whistles; but thankfully, the flow, structure, and overall feel of the strategy makes for a very different game. At the same time though, it embraces its roots, while also playing its sci-fi inspirations to the hilt. Firaxis Games can still take the concept further, but ultimately, I like the foundation they've laid with their latest foray into science fiction strategy.

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GamesRadar+
Oct 22, 2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth may seem a bit too familiar for a game supposedly set on a distant planet, but the roving packs of aliens and the new quest system make it an expedition worth embarking on.

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Eurogamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 22, 2014

Civilization has always had something to say about this stuff (and civilisation has always had something to say about this stuff) but Beyond Earth goes further than ever, suggesting that even if we do eventually live on Pluto, the distractions will have joined us there, and will probably have multiplied. When we get into space, the real danger - and the real wonder - will be the fact that we have brought ourselves along.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Attack of the Fanboy

Top Critic

Oct 29, 2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth is a solid attempt to bring back the glory days of Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. It isn't what everyone has hoped for, but if you have the time and patience to put into it, it makes for an enjoyable game for fans of the franchise, while simultaneously being pretty accessible to newcomers as well.

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Game Revolution
Oct 22, 2014

Despite a few pre-existing flaws carried over from Civilization V, Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth evolves the franchise and has the potential to become an outstanding spin-off of its own.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 22, 2014

An excellent spin-off that uses the science fiction setting to focus and expand the gameplay in interesting new ways, and yet remains as accessible and thoughtful as ever.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 22, 2014

Not just 'Civ 5 in space', but excellent series additions are offset by problems old and new.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 28, 2014

Like its predecessor, Civilization: Beyond Earth is going to benefit from Firaxis' attentive and proven post-launch development plan. Its series of interconnected systems are well balanced and while some of them will feel disappointingly familiar to series veterans, there's sufficient diversity and flexibility here to feed the series ongoing evolution.

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NZGamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2014

I've found Beyond Earth to be the Civ-equivalent of reading a John Grisham novel: you know it's not really the best of its kind, but at the same time it is quite more-ish. It's just as compelling and "one more turn"-ish as the others in the series. For these reasons, and the fact that I had a straight-out great time playing it, Beyond Earth gets the thumbs-up from me.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2014

While the core game is excellent, it might be extremely difficult for new players. There are plenty of options for replay, but the game might not have the same replay value as previous entries in the franchise. A solid title that will make fans of the Civilization franchise extremely happy, and might even attract some new players - if they can survive the initial challenge.

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Examiner
Oct 28, 2014

[W]e're left feeling like there's greatness to come. Beyond Earth is a wonderful experience but we can't shake the feeling that the past holds much more than the future, at least for now.

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2014

Boasting some clever innovations and generally smooth execution, Civilization: Beyond Earth is a sure bet for fans of the long-running series.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth is, in many senses, the next logical step forward in a series that has always been about celebrating the human drive to understand, control, and expand our environment.

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Cheat Code Central
4 / 5.0
Cheat Code Central
Angelo M. D’Argenio

Top Critic

4 / 5.0
Sep 3, 2014

Overall, I would say that Civilization: Beyond Earth was fun, at least as fun as Civ 5. It just wasn't mind-blowing, which is a shame because all the Alpha Centauri fans out there were kind of hoping for that. The game almost feels like a Civilization 5 sci-fi mod, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. If anything, the game sells itself on promise. I can see expansions including new factions, new tech, and possibly even new affinities making this game a wonderfully fun and addictive experience that lasts for years. For now, however, the game is simply fun, and that is probably enough to warrant a purchase for most. Just don't expect this game to give you the stars.

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Dealspwn
Oct 27, 2014

It's Civ, but not as we know it… and that's a good thing. The focus on choice and adaptability on the alien world allows players to deal with new challenges on the way to taming this new frontier. It's not a flawless effort, but provided you can overcome the slower pacing of progress, the addiction of going yet another turn is absolutely there, making Beyond Earth a highly enjoyable entry in the Civilization series.

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COGconnected
79 / 100
79 / 100
Oct 23, 2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth does essentially nothing new, but you know what? That's probably fine with most people who have experienced the franchise before. It still does what it does incredibly well, and every new campaign in a Civilization game brings originality and variety on its own. I thought the extra-terrestrial setting was badly wasted, but even without any real innovation it's still a very solid game, just not one that's much different from Civilization: V.

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IGN
7.9 / 10.0
Dan Stapleton

Top Critic

7.9 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2014

Some of its new ideas work better than others, but Civilization: Beyond Earth retains its addictive 4X qualities.

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GameGrin
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2014

It's funny, there's a lot about Beyond Earth that I'm not too sure about and a fair number of mechanics that could be better. Yet it's incredibly playable and just as addictive as every other Civilization game. It's incredibly easy to lose a lot of time while playing, which is a testament to how the game can really get the player involved. It's ever-present that the game has a tendency to force the player down a certain path, lacking the overall freedom of something like Europa Universalis IV. Yet when the path is as beautiful, thoughtful and fun as Beyond Earth, it's not exactly a challenge to walk that path over and over again. It does indeed feel like a reskin of Civilization V, but it's a skin that the game wears quite well.

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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2014

All-in-all, you can't go wrong with Civilization: Beyond Earth if you love the franchise. Affinities and new units give it enough spice to distract you for awhile, but I did find myself desiring to simply load up Civilization V the more I played for its greater depth.

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Kill Screen
70 / 100
70 / 100
Nov 5, 2014

Beyond Earth grasps its topic less firmly, but more fully, insisting that whatever future comes to pass won't be the only future that might have been. Truth be told, though, Beyond Earth likely won't have quite the staying power of either Alpha Centauri or Civilization V.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
GameSpot
Nick Capozzoli

Top Critic

7 / 10
Oct 22, 2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth's brave new world feels pretty familiar, but that's okay.

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 22, 2014

Despite its faults, Civilization: Beyond Earth does fulfill its promise to take you to a distant world, where you'll find exotic alien life, meet future leaders of mankind... and conquer them.

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GameSkinny
Nov 7, 2014

The new Civilization game gives you more of what you expect from the franchise without much to blow your socks off.

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Game Rant
Oct 23, 2014

While 'Civilization: Beyond Earth' retains the familiar formula of its predecessor, Firaxis makes enough changes to keep it fresh.

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GameWatcher
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2014

I'm sure Firaxis will eventually make a great game out of Beyond Earth. They're a smart development team that knows how to improve and iterate on a solid core product, which Beyond Earth certainly is. Right now, though, I can't help but feel slightly disappointed by the state of the game. It's perfectly enjoyable, but for every smart innovation it seems to have lost a portion of both complexity and character. There's potential here, but we'll have to wait for a couple of meaty expansions to see Beyond Earth's promise fully realised.

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PCGamesN
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 23, 2014

That's the thing about Beyond Earth: I feel like for every considered, clever addition to Civ's formula, there's always a near miss. War is fun, but the AI is not. Aliens are novel, but humans are dreary. I enjoyed playing it, I'm still playing, but it just hasn't gripped me like previous games. I want it to be better, more interesting, than it is.

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PCMag
Oct 23, 2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth takes empire building to the stars with a number of compelling—but familiar—results.

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Player.One
Oct 23, 2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth makes a few alterations to the standard Civilization formula but Beyond Earth never really feels like much more than a glorified expansion for its predecessor.

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The Angry Joe Show
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 31, 2014
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Giant Bomb
Oct 28, 2014

Firaxis' sci-fi spin on Civilization V has some intriguing ideas that, sadly, don't come together into an equally engaging experience.

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The Escapist
Oct 22, 2014

An overall solid turn-based strategy game that suffers from information overload resulting in analysis paralysis for the player, Beyond Earth has a few really interesting systems but ultimately doesn't transcend those mechanics into something unique or awe-inspiring.

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