Sid Meiers Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword
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.
Tons of new units, buildings, leaders etc, Completely new latestage scenarios for Civ IV, Fantastic mods with loads of gameplay, Mods take Civ in new directions, Loads of different playing styles, it’s almost like a minigame fiesta!
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.
Crowded UI; new mechanics not useful in all situations; “Afterworld” mod.
Some of the graphics look a tad dated
By PC Gamer on September 20, 2010
Gorgeous graphics and deep combat make this a great place to start or renew your interest in global...93
By Mac|Life on November 10, 2009
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...80
By Macworld on September 14, 2009
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...70
By The Wargamer on October 30, 2007
Find out just how far the excitement can go in this latest expansion of the Civilization...-
By PC Authority on October 12, 2007
The cream of the turn based strategy genre just got...100
By Expert Reviews on September 01, 2007
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...80
By GameZone on August 15, 2007
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...90
By Play TM on August 15, 2007
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....82
By GamePyre on August 13, 2007
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...90
By The Lobe and Mail on August 03, 2007
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...80