...which really could have used a second expansion or a sequel. So, I get why not everyone loves BE. It has its flaws, especially without the expansion, and it was inevitably going to be compared to Alpha Centauri on launch. That's a tough one to follow, and despite the similar premise, BE is not Alpha Centauri. However, everytime I go back to Beyond Earth - Rising Tide, I am struck by just how much I love about the game: affinities, virtues, biomes, the tech web, agreements, leader traits, how resources work, how cities are developed, how you customize your faction at the start, wonders, expeditions, artifacts, marvels, quests, building specialization, unit upgrades...this is a game which keeps me playing for that new reward that is always just a few turns away, often with additional synergy rewards to go along with it. For instance, researching a tech can get me to another affinity level, which might unlock a reward, or several rewards if I get affinity synergies, and then some unit upgrades. The virtues tree is the same way, lots of synergies and bonus unlocks. I love how exploration works. There are resource pods which act like classical goodie huts, but you also get expeditions, which are far more exciting, and can get you powerful artifacts...a set of three of these will give you access to a unique ability or building. This makes for an interesting early game, but where other 4x games tend to get boring around the middle or end, Beyond Earth just starts to pick up the pace. As I said, it does have its flaws. Diplomacy can be messy, and while everyone seems to have a strong opinion about every single thing I do, the leaders still come across as a bit bland. Stations do nothing for me. I think the game would have benefited much from some further refinement, and even some extra content (natural wonders, a government system, some extra biomes, for example). But even in its sadly abandoned state, Beyond Earth is great. I don't think I felt like this at launch, but the game has grown on me. There is so much potential here.