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June 14, 2007

New Civilization 4 Expansion Pack

I am quite a nerd, but I pride myself on maintaining a solid connection with reality. Even when something sucks me in, I keep perspective. Yet this system sort of breaks down where Civilization is concerned. I could play any of the iterations of that game (and have) to the physical limits of my body to go without sleep and food. And now Firaxis is releasing a new add-on to the latest version of this crack-on-a-disc called Beyond the Sword. The additions make Civ IV operate much more like the original civilization, with a medieval UN, old-school invisible spies and espionage available in the early game, and the old spaceship system is back -- that is, you can launch at any time during the construction process, and the one who reaches Alpha Centauri first wins.

There's even a scenario... IN SPAAAACE. My August is officially shot.

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Posted by Ben at June 14, 2007 12:09 AM


Beyond the Sword will introduce 12 scenarios, 10 civilizations, 16 leaders, 5 wonders of the world, 18 building types, and 25 new units. The new civilizations include Native American tribes, as well as Portugal, Babylon, the Netherlands, and Byzantium. The new scenarios are both historical and fanciful. On one end of the spectrum, there are Charlemagne's wars of conquest and at the other there's Final Frontier, a space-based scenario where you build space stations and colonize planets.


Posted by: Nathaniel at June 14, 2007 01:48 AM