Civilization: Beyond Earth should be credited purely in the fact that it took a risk on a much-loved and established franchise. With the new opportunities to build your own narrative and the foundations of a very personal civilization, Civ: Beyond Earth takes the series to new and exciting places and will have you sat up bleary-eyed until the wee hours of the morning craving just one more turn.
Civilization’s jaunt to infinity and beyond trod familiar ground, but Beyond Earth adds enough fresh ideas and a total makeover to once more deliver an engrossing strategy experience. The core Civilization formula most definitely isn’t broken, and Civ: Beyond Earth expands on this with planetary colonization on strange worlds and a newfound narrative focus with the addition of quests and the Affinity system.
Okay so it’s just Alpha Centauri 2014, but Civilization: Beyond Earth is a fresh lick of paint for an incredible series that has given long-standing players something new to gaze upon at last. You can’t nuke entire continents as Gandhi but you can do battle with lethal alien races as you strive to continue the existence of the human race on strange worlds. There’s no two ways about it either - you are the evil alien race coming to dominate a planet into submission.