Sid Meiers Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword

  • Sid Meiers Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword
86
Based on 16 scores, 18 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    9
  • Good:
    6
  • Average:
    1
  • Bad:
    0

Pros:

  • Thoughtful updates refine Civilization's core rules. Late game starts can remove the tedium of character development. Astonishing number of add-on modes for extra gameplay. ESRB rating: Everyone 10+
  • Augments already deep elements.
  • Espionage; Corporations; the Apostolic Palace; new units, buildings and play mechanics; great mods and scenarios.

Cons:

  • Rule changes only moderately update the original game. Poor organization and introduction to new game modes.
  • Doesn’t alter fundamental gameplay; more of the same.

Expert reviews and ratings

By PC Gamer on 93

Gorgeous graphics and deep combat make this a great place to start or renew your interest in global...

By Mac|Life on 80

Some of Beyond the Sword's scenarios essentially add new graphics to the basic Civ IV rules. But others make drastic changes. You'll flounder a little, digging through everything without a comprehensive guide, but you'll find new favorites...

By Macworld on 70

Fans of the Civilization series appreciate how rich and rewarding a world simulator Sid Meier has created. Beyond the Sword gives you more of the same, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The game could use some tweaks to various gameplay...

By The Wargamer on

Find out just how far the excitement can go in this latest expansion of the Civilization...

By PC Authority on 100

The cream of the turn based strategy genre just got...

By Expert Reviews on 80

A good add-on pack improves upon rather than merely expands on the original game. A great one changes the nature of the game for the better. This second expansion for the acclaimed strategy game Civilization IV (which received our Best Buy award in...

By GameZone on 90

I love Civilization IV, and I love this new expansion. New gameplay features, new units, new leaders and new scenarios all add up to an amazing amount of content. Plus, it’s all mostly great content. The interface could use some improvement, but I...

By Play TM on 82

Love em or loathe em, expansion packs allow gamers to get another fix of a favoured gaming drug without having to wait for the suppliers to create a whole new cocktail. Expansion packs have been a staple of successful games for around 15 years now....

By GamePyre on 90

One of my history college professors told us while assigning research papers that nothing in this world is either all positive or all negative. This seems to be the case with Civilization: Beyond the Sword. On a positive side, the game is the same...

By The Lobe and Mail on 80

Sid Meier builds upon the already grand achievement that is Civilization in this massively time consuming expansion to the classic turn-based strategy game Are videogames a sinful waste of time? If the answer is yes, then Sid Meier, legendary...

By Sydney Morning Herald on 80

Its easy to spot fellow Civilization IV (Civ IV) players: theyre the ones with the pasty skin, sunken eyes and keyboard-callused fingers. This new expansion, Beyond the Sword, adds an incredible amount of new content to ensure...

By IGN Gear on 89

Sid Meiers Civilization IV has already enjoyed one solid expansion pack, but this weeks release of Beyond the Sword brings so much new stuff to the table that it nearly qualifies as a sequel. Adding in a comprehensive new espionage system, a...

By GameSpy on 90

Making an expansion pack is easy. Cobble together some new units, a few maps, maybe a new campaign, and youve got something to put on shelves while a developer works on their next real project. Making a great expansion pack, though, thats hard. A...

By HEXUS.net on

So, time to make what I will of Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword and as you can probably guess, I was mightily impressed. I have to admit that when this first landed on my desk I was in two minds. Whilst more of Civ IV wasn’t going to be a bad...

By Strategy Informer on 90

The series without this latest release was already packed tightly with goodies for almost any aspiring civ-builder. Now Firaxis has really set the bar high for what can be delivered with an expansion, there’s so much you almost wonder if...

International Review By Looki.de on 86

von Benjamin Brandl Die Entwickler haben klar Wort gehalten: „Beyond The Sword“ ist wohl das mitunter umfangreichste Addon, das es je für einen Strategietitel gegeben hat. Angefangen bei den Gameplayänderungen am Hauptprogramm,...

International Review By Clubic on 100

Plus novatrice que Warlords, Beyond The Sword est une très bonne surprise alors que Civilization IV soufflera dans quelques mois sa seconde bougie. Il nous faut tout dabord saluer le prix de vente (20 euros) quand ce genre de produits dépasse souvent...

International Review By GamePlayer on 80

Så har då äntligen Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword anlänt till min spelsamling. Det har talats om expansionens alla revolutionerande inslag och hur spelutvecklarna verkligen har kämpat för att ta spelserien till helt nya...