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Press Reviews of Beyond Earth

Discussion in 'CivBE - General Discussions' started by Camikaze, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. Camikaze

    Camikaze Administrator Administrator

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    This thread is to collect the various press reviews of Beyond Earth that are bound to be flooding the internet over the coming week. Whether it's an old-style article from a big gaming site, a youtube video, or a blog, please post a link here to any review of Beyond Earth you come across. This thread is just to collect these in one handy place - please create separate threads to discuss them!

    It would also be really nice if you could post a short summary along with the link, just outlining the made points made and the score (if any) given - I'll then collate those summaries into this post.

    Please note that this thread is not for your own personal review of the game.

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    Ars Technica

    Destructoid

    Eurogamer

    Game World Navigator Magazine (Sep 23, 2014)
    • The only Big Mistake that could plunge the Earth into chaos in three hundred years would be to never develop or publish Civilization: Beyond Earth. Thank God it had passed. Firaxis fully succeeded where only Gollop bros were successful before: it brought the role-playing element as influential as the strategic one into the turn-based strategy. [Oct, 2014, p.68]

      Score: 81/100

      Source: Metacritic

    Gameinformer

    Gameranx
    • 10/10

      "But, if you had to pick only one to play for the rest of your life, Civilization: Beyond Earth would be a solid choice. The various factions and Affinities will ensure multiple, robust playthroughs, each presenting unique scenarios that will encourage the player to strategize in challenging new ways with each file."

    Gamereactor (UK)
    • + Great depth, Constant stream of meaningful decisions, Lots of opportunity to shape the game to your preferred playstyle, A fresh take on a classic concept.

      - The endings come across as a bit underwhelming, Minor bugs and glitches.


      9/10 Gamereactor UK

    Gamespot (article)
    • + Alien landscapes strike a balance between the familiar and the foreign, and look great
      + Affinity system and quests bring a narrative to your civilization's development
      + Streamlining tweaks make it easier to create and guide a thriving civilization
      - Pared-back culture system results in excessive focus on military conquest
      - Balance issues make it far too easy to capture cities

    Gamespot (video)

    GameTrailers

    Gaming Nexus

    Good Game (video also available for Australians)
    • BAJO
      Yes. I wish they'd been as brave with the rest of the Civ formula. But even so, even with my little gripes, I still enjoyed playing this. I just love civilisation. And I think there's just enough new stuff to keep Civ feeling fresh for some time. I'm giving it 8.5.

      HEX
      I think we'll need to play a LOT of Beyond Earth to learn its true subtleties. It is a bit more predictable than I was expecting, but I think we can look forward to some interesting strategic tussles with that Affinity System. I'm giving it 8 out of 10.

      [...]

      16.5 out of 20 Rubber Chickens

    HardcoreGamer

    IGN (article)
    • Beyond Earth is nowhere near the strongest game in the more than 20-year-old Civilization series, but this big collection of interesting experimental ideas definitely still kept me playing long after I should’ve gone to bed. The Affinities and streamlined military upgrade system, and a colorful change of scenery make it worth the time to figure out the difference between Protogenetics and Surrogacy, and suffering through temperamental alien wildlife.

      7.9/10

    IGN (video)

    Joystiq
    • Civilization: Beyond Earth is a good game in the context of the Civilization franchise. It moves to the interesting mechanics faster than any entry in the series to date and everything within the game world looks great. A lot of time went into making the new planet pop visually, if only so much care had gone into the presentation around it.
      4/5

    LazyGamer.net

    Metro (UK)

    PCGamer

    PCGamesN

    PCWorld

    Polygon
    • Civilization: Beyond Earth is an immensely pleasing simulation of a future human society, struggling to survive on a new planet. It presents the player with a constant stream of challenging and intriguing choices. Packed with big ideas about science and science fiction, it meticulously interlocks dozens of strategic gaming systems that work together at a level that approaches genius.
      9/10

    Quarter to Three
    • "All the decisions I’ve made have snowballed into a massive unwieldy clockwork of inconsequence, lumbering towards an inevitable conclusion like a giant Katamari ball consisting of all those little decisions, none of them steering it in any meaningful way, but each of them lending the monstrosity a tiny bit of mass. Then the ball reaches the requisite mass and a screen tells me I’ve won and I’m back at the main menu. No recap, no score breakdown, no map to admire, no ranking. Poof."
      2 out of 5 stars.

    ShackNews

    TechnoBuffalo

    Escapist

    The Verge

    The Washington Post

    TotalBiscuit (video)

    US Gamer

    VentureBeat (GamesBeat)

    VideoGamer.com
     
  2. Haggbart

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    Game World Navigator Magazine (Sep 23, 2014)

    The only Big Mistake that could plunge the Earth into chaos in three hundred years would be to never develop or publish Civilization: Beyond Earth. Thank God it had passed. Firaxis fully succeeded where only Gollop bros were successful before: it brought the role-playing element as influential as the strategic one into the turn-based strategy. [Oct, 2014, p.68]

    Score: 81/100

    Source: Metacritic
     
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    http://m.ign.com/articles/2014/10/23/civilization-beyond-earth-review

    Beyond Earth is nowhere near the strongest game in the more than 20-year-old Civilization series, but this big collection of interesting experimental ideas definitely still kept me playing long after I shouldÂ’ve gone to bed. The Affinities and streamlined military upgrade system, and a colorful change of scenery make it worth the time to figure out the difference between Protogenetics and Surrogacy, and suffering through temperamental alien wildlife.

    7,9/10
     
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    http://www.joystiq.com/2014/10/23/civilization-beyond-earth-review-buy-in-alpha-centauri/
    Civilization: Beyond Earth is a good game in the context of the Civilization franchise. It moves to the interesting mechanics faster than any entry in the series to date and everything within the game world looks great. A lot of time went into making the new planet pop visually, if only so much care had gone into the presentation around it.
    4/5

    http://www.polygon.com/2014/10/23/6880933/civilization-beyond-earth-review-pc
    Civilization: Beyond Earth is an immensely pleasing simulation of a future human society, struggling to survive on a new planet. It presents the player with a constant stream of challenging and intriguing choices. Packed with big ideas about science and science fiction, it meticulously interlocks dozens of strategic gaming systems that work together at a level that approaches genius.
    9/10
     
  6. Camikaze

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    List of 20 reviews and scores - average 82.8

    Gameranx 10/10 http://www.gameranx.com/features/id/24808/article/review-civilization-beyond-earth/

    Destructoid 9/10 http://www.destructoid.com/review-sid-meier-s-civilization-beyond-earth-282814.phtml
    Hardcoregamer 4.5/5 http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2014/10/23/review-sid-meiers-civilization-beyond-earth/113428/
    Gameinfomer 9/10 http://www.gameinformer.com/games/civilization_beyond_earth/b/pc/archive/2014/10/23/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-siege-worm.aspx
    Gamingnexus 9/10 http://www.gamingnexus.com/Article/4595/Sid-Meiers-Civilization-Beyond-Earth/
    PCWorld 9/10 http://www.gameranx.com/features/id/24808/article/review-civilization-beyond-earth/
    Polygon 9/10 http://www.polygon.com/2014/10/23/6880933/civilization-beyond-earth-review-pc

    GameTrailers 8.7/10 http://www.gametrailers.com/reviews/dofgwm/sid-meier-s-civilization--beyond-earth-review
    PC Gamer 87/100 http://www.pcgamer.com/civilization-beyond-earth-review/
    Venturebeat 83/100 http://venturebeat.com/2014/10/23/sid-meiers-civilization-beyond-earth-is-wondrous-and-bewildering-at-the-same-time/2/
    Eurogamer 8/10 http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-10-23-sid-meiers-civilization-beyond-earth-review
    Joystiq 4/5 http://www.joystiq.com/2014/10/23/civilization-beyond-earth-review-buy-in-alpha-centauri/
    Lazygamer 8/10 http://www.lazygamer.net/review/civilization-beyond-earth-review-live-long-and-prosper/
    Metro 8/10 http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/23/sid-meiers-civilization-beyond-earth-review-alpha-2-bravo-4918006/
    USgamer 8/10 http://www.usgamer.net/articles/civilization-beyond-earth-pc-review
    Videogamer 8/10 http://www.videogamer.com/reviews/sid_meiers_civilization_beyond_earth_review.html

    IGN 7.9/10 http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/23/civilization-beyond-earth-review
    PCgamesN 7/10 http://www.pcgamesn.com/civilization-beyond-earth/civilization-beyond-earth-review
    Shacknews 7/10 http://www.shacknews.com/article/86822/civilization-beyond-earth-review-humanitys-end

    Escapist 3/5 http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/editorials/reviews/12483-Sid-Meier-s-Civilization-Beyond-Earth-Review.2
     
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    Very surprised at the Escapist review! They are usually spot on, but the criticism was somewhat valid. In an age of fruit fly attention span, A game like CIV:BE can easily overwhelm the minds of lesser men.
     
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    ^ I wouldn't have pressed play if I knew it was 52 minutes.. wow.
     
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    GameSpot
    Written Review: http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/civilization-beyond-earth-review/1900-6415923/
    + Alien landscapes strike a balance between the familiar and the foreign, and look great
    + Affinity system and quests bring a narrative to your civilization's development
    + Streamlining tweaks make it easier to create and guide a thriving civilization
    - Pared-back culture system results in excessive focus on military conquest
    - Balance issues make it far too easy to capture cities
    Video Review:

    Link to video.

    IGN Video Review (written review link already posted above):

    Link to video.

    Yeah, TotalBiscuit specializes in long-form content. His aim is to be as much like a real TV channel as possible. Each video being an episode is going to be 30-60 minutes.
     
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    Yeah and he keeps comparing it to AC, which he sees through rose coloured lenses.
     
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    What bothers me in this review is the Constant referral to "like CiV", I didn't "like" CiV and was hoping for something better. Otherwise I consider this a decent review.

    JosEPh
     
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    A sobering yet highly accurate and honest review from Quarter to Three:

    2 out of 5 stars given. By their rating system, they didn't like the game.



    http://www.quartertothree.com/fp/2014/10/25/occasionally-thrilling-beyond-earth-cant-quite-get-beyond-civilization-v/
     
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    An honest review? This is the same reviewer which bashed civilization 5 and at the same time wrote a better review to Elemental, which was released in an early alpha state.
     
  18. Camikaze

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    Moderator Action: Please don't discuss reviews in this thread. There is already another thread where you can discuss the Quarter to Three review.
     
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    Good Game (video also available for Australians)
    Also features aliens overrunning the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.
     
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    Angry Joe's review of the game (YouTube video, warning: contains some cussing), saying that the game is a wasted opportunity but still fun and addicting. Score: 6/10 (slightly above average).
     

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