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Offline The E

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Civilization: Beyond Earth - Exploring beyond Alpha Centauri
Everyone's favourite 4X game is back! And now it's in space! With Lasers! And Aliens! And young indian girls leading humanity into a bright new future!

I don't have any real thoughts about it yet (It just unlocked this morning), but let's have a topic about it anyway.
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Let there be monsters and let there be pain
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Offline Luis Dias

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Rumours is that it's a disappointing game. If you or Seth tell me otherwise I'll definitely pick it up, but afaict, it seems like civ version 234 (alpha centauri mod, sure) for the looks of it...

Don't get me wrong, I love civ, but I'm bored with it. I mean, I played ****ing civilization one when it came out. I was a young boy with a 286 computer at the time and I was with my jaw on the floor with it. But it's 2014.... and.... it's still basically the same with better grafixs, some subtleties added, a lot of improved gameplay, but still...

 

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Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth - Exploring beyond Alpha Centauri
I can say that the criticism that's going around that it plays a lot like a mod for Civ V is completely justified. It doesn't change the core formula of Civ V, it just transposes it into a new setting; whether or not you'll like Civ: BE will come down to how much you liked Civ V, and how interesting you think the new setting is.

As for me, I enjoyed what I saw so far; I never played much of Civ V because the shift from IV to V was too big a break for me, but combined with the new setting, the mechanical changes are less of an issue now.
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Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth - Exploring beyond Alpha Centauri
any change in the combat mechanics?
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Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth - Exploring beyond Alpha Centauri
Ars Technica dinged it.

I haven't really played Civ other than SMAC/X, so my contribution to the tread probably starts and ends here.

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Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth - Exploring beyond Alpha Centauri
I can say that the criticism that's going around that it plays a lot like a mod for Civ V is completely justified. It doesn't change the core formula of Civ V, it just transposes it into a new setting; whether or not you'll like Civ: BE will come down to how much you liked Civ V, and how interesting you think the new setting is.

As for me, I enjoyed what I saw so far; I never played much of Civ V because the shift from IV to V was too big a break for me, but combined with the new setting, the mechanical changes are less of an issue now.
How Alpha Centauri-like is the setting? Does it have any of the ideological conflict of that game? Does it have any of its sense of mystery?

If not, I guess my friends and I will just play Civ IV for another decade.
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Well, watched total Buiscit play it.


Gotta say, kinda dissapointed. No unit customization ala AC, feels and looks like a Civ V mod.
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Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth - Exploring beyond Alpha Centauri
It's sad that 15 years afterwards, AC is still the best Civ game.

At least Firaxis was kind enough to warn us though.
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It's sad that 15 years afterwards, AC is still the best Civ game.

At least Firaxis was kind enough to warn us though.

They were also kind enough to acknowledge the difficulties with modding Civ V and yearned to make it easier for Beyond Earth
So that'll be interesting to see what comes out of the modding community
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The ARC is here to build a better humanity, not fruitlessly try to mold this planet into Earth that once was or become just another niche species.  Humanity must be made capable of supremacy over every environment, that is our statement of purpose, our corporate creed.

Rigil Kantoris Bb is a desert Pangaea, a single unmerciful super-continent covered in sand, mountains and canyons.  An excellent testing ground for developing the correct path for recreating humanity as an interstellar species.  Our new planet offers a diverse spectrum of flora and fauna as well as completely new resources that offer innumerable opportunities. 

After landfall we expanded modestly, choosing to strategically place our settlements for maximum returns rather than colonize with needless profligacy.  Thus our resources were manifold, our commitments to trade lucrative and our corporate espionage unmatched.  We climbed ever higher towards our maximum affinity potential and cast our net wide through the tech web.  The rest of the faction powers bickered among themselves but we focused our development inward.  That wasn't enough for the African Union, Samatar Barre aggressively expanded into our territories, paraded his outmoded military units along our borders and preyed upon our trade partners.  I can only assume his bigoted world view clouded his judgment, our minimal security forces might have looked few in number but they were qualitatively superior to his own and backed by a military industrial complex without peer.  When the board of directors cast their vote in favor of aggressive merger and acquisition the results were never in doubt.  The African Union Purity forces, despite their panoply of imperial splendor were simply no match.  Barre fielded weak humans cowering from the outside world in standard waving battle suits, the ARC deployed swift hover tanks, cybernetically augmented infantry, automated close combat specialists and sky scraping siege walkers. 

While our forces were committed to breaking the African Union down to size our neighbors to the west, the Kavithan Protectorate, made their play.  We had always enjoyed a cordial relationship with the KP, despite their adoption of a Harmony perspective our trade and cooperation pacts had been long standing since initial settlement.  The Protectorate enjoyed the logistics of numerous large productive cities and their xeno adapted military units were nearly as capable as our own.  Surely they assumed they could cut deep into our undefended industrial heartland.  It would have proved a lucrative venture, had ARC development teams not recently developed phasal transportation.  Protectorate forces were stupefied as the the battalion of cybernetic infantry left to guard the border were instantly reinforced by a pair of Angel siege walkers and multiple armored hover units.  Their expeditionary forces sundered themselves against the the bulwark of our defenses.

With the border threat contained and veteran ARC military units continuing to phase jump from the now secure African front we initiated a counter offensive plunged into Kavithan territory.  It was a fierce grinding campaign, the mutually supporting cities of Asraya and Saira proving tough nuts to crack and the xenos adapted units implacable opponents.  Still our chosen affinity eventually proved superior, Asraya and Saira succumbed to the howling onslaught of ARC Angels.  KP resistance broke after that strategic defeat and ARC forces drove forward and swiftly encircled Mandira, the KP capital.  With the majority of their military arm liquidated, Mandira fell quickly and we offered Kavitha Thakur peace, her remaining territory would serve as a rump state to buffer us from the squabbling nations to the west. 

The other world powers condemned and postured, but our might was now manifest to all.  To illustrate their anti warmonger hypocrisy to the fullest they fell upon the remains of the KP, whom we fed just enough strategic resources to keep sovereign.  Ringed in a wall of deadly cybernetics and composite armor the ARC again turned towards inward development and fulfilling our mission statement.  While the acquisition of so many foreign assets initially proved rocky our GDP steadily surged and employee standard of living eventually skyrocketed.  We had tamed the rigors of the land, proven our superiority over rival affinity paths and ARC development was reaching towards its apogee; it was time to bring the dividends of Earth's initial investments home.  Powerful comm satellites were lofted into orbit to establish contact, technologies were thoroughly researched and tested.  The industrial might of Central was turned towards creating an Exodus Gate.  Nearly two cycles before completion Franco Iberia created their own Gate.  This was a troubling development to say the least, nevertheless no other power wielded the industrial might of the Corporation?  Surely the second phase of the Emancipation Project could be completed ahead of Elodie?  After intensive analysis yielded positive projections in our favor a military option for Franco Iberia was discarded.  Mechanized forces of all shapes and sizes Angels, CARVRs, SABRs stomped off the assembly lines of our greatest industrial plants and through the gate.  Our pace was unmatched, before Elodie could muster even a portion of the assets required ARC had fulfilled its mandate. 

ARC returned home with the harvest of what we had sown on Rigil Kantoris Bb.  Never again would our race face doom on a dying world. We had built a better humanity, one capable of being seeded on any world.

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I hereby christen you: Al-Battuta II.

It is now your Duty and Privilege to bring enlightenment upon the Hard-Light Modsrad.


On a more serious note; for someone who has NEVER touched the Civ franchise with a 10 Tm pole... is this a good game to jump in?

 

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Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth - Exploring beyond Alpha Centauri
Won by contacting aliens.

Vive la space-france!
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Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth - Exploring beyond Alpha Centauri
Nice to see ARC has moved on from trying to destroy the internet.
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Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth - Exploring beyond Alpha Centauri
Finished my first game with a Transcendence Victory. Overall, I quite like the game, but I do believe that it needs a couple layers of polish before it can reach the quality of previous Civ games. One thing I found especially baffling is that the end of the game doesn't have any big cinematics or end-of-game statistics; all you get is a message box, followed by a larger message box with a pretty picture and the same text as the previous message. I just wish there would have been a bit more to it than that.

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Like the victory cutscenes in Total War II: Rome :D

I'll take my go at this game when christmas sales pop up.
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Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth - Exploring beyond Alpha Centauri
So in all this I just bought Alpha Centauri as my first Sid Meier game instead

It's actually quite good.