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[PC] Steam - Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth - $9.99 AUD ($8.54 AUD with HB Choice) - Humble Bundle


This seems to be the all time lowest price for this game - if you have HB Choice it definitely is.

From the website:

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award-winning Civilization series. Set in the future, global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity. As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind.

As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, you will write the next chapter for humanity as you lead your people into a new frontier and create a new civilization in space. Explore and colonize an alien planet, research new technologies, amass mighty armies, build incredible Wonders and shape the face of your new world. As you embark on your journey you must make critical decisions. From your choice of sponsor and the make-up of your colony, to the ultimate path you choose for your civilization, every decision opens up new possibilities.


Seed the Adventure: Establish your cultural identity by choosing one of eight different expedition sponsors, each with its own leader and unique gameplay benefits. Assemble your spacecraft, cargo & colonists through a series of choices that directly seed the starting conditions when arriving at the new planet.

Colonize an Alien World: Explore the dangers and benefits of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources, and hostile life forms unlike those of Earth. Build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes to create prosperity for your people.

Technology Web: To reflect progress forward into an uncertain future, technology advancement occurs through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind. The technology web is organized around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.

Orbital Layer: Build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.

Unit Customization: Unlock different upgrades through the tech web and customize your units to reflect your play style.

Multiplayer: Up to 8 players can compete for dominance of a new alien world.
Mod support: Robust mod support allows you to customize and extend your game experience.


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  • +1 vote

    I wrote this before about this game (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/506605)

    Sid Mier's Alpha Centauri (the "spiritual" predecessor) to this game was one of my very favourite games of all time.

    But this was a huge disappointment for me as a successor.

    Still a decent game but probably not worth the money unless you really like turn based 4X games (and even then, there are better options out there)


    The old Alpha Centauri had really interesting and distinct factions (the Hive, Morgans, Gaians, Believers, University, etc). A really spooky and absorbing world with an interesting story behind it. Going back now, you can see the holes in some of the game play, but they nailed the atmosphere and story.

    But in the interests of "gameplay considerations". In Beyond Earth, the factions are all basically the same so that you could play any way (all 3 progression trees or expansionist/militarist)with any faction. Which makes them all feel very samey with no interesting variety.

    Also the world is bland and uninteresting.

    It really is just a Civ4 reskin with all the factions being made bland and samey so as to make things more balanced for competitive play as the expense of any interest and variety.

    I'd have to go back to play again to give you a more detailed explanation (which I won't because I can't be bothered). But yeah, even now, i'd rather play SMAC again than Beyond Earth