Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword - hands-on

Latest expansion spices things up with sci-fi and fantasy themed scenarios

We loved Sid Meier%26rsquo;s Civilization IV - in fact, we gave it a ten out of ten - and the follow up expansion, Warlords wasn%26rsquo;t bad at all. So it seems like the obvious choice for developer, Firaxis would be to release yet another expansion with more of the same old same old. After all, if it ain%26rsquo;t broke, why fix it? Why not release another expansion with more leaders, more buildings, a few more units, and ride the cash cow to the bank based on the popularity of all things Sid?

But that%26rsquo;s exactly what Firaxis is not doing this time around with their latest expansion, Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword. Instead, BtS spices things up with a ton of unexpected scenario extras, sporting everything from dragons and spell casters to creepy mechs and zombie-like aliens. With a staggering lineup of such strange and unexpected scenarios, BtS looks ready to carve its way around what might have otherwise been a rather anticlimactic add-on to the Civ IV universe.

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