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Civilization IV Beyond the Sword Expansion - Standard Edition

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Platform : Mac OS X
3 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • New units, buildings, and technologies to the epic game with additional focus on the late-game time periods
  • 12 new scenarios, many containing themes never before included in the Civilization series
  • Ten new civilizations, such as Portugal, Babylon and Netherlands
  • Sixteen new leaders including leaders for the ten new civilizations, as well as additional leaders for existing civilizations
  • Game play feature that allows you to create corporations and spread them throughout the world; each corporation provides benefits in exchange for certain resources
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  • Platform:   Mac OS X
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0028J4X9U
  • Item Weight: 91 g
  • Release Date: Aug. 25 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,160 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)
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Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword is the second expansion pack for Civilization IV. The expansion focuses on the late-game time periods after the invention of gunpowder and includes 12 different scenarios, ten new civilizations, 16 new leaders, five new wonders, and a variety of new units that offer more ways for players to expand their civilization8217;s power as they strive for world domination.

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I couldn't use the game expansion and, based on the feedback the installation process gave me, I think it's because I had bought the original game through the Apple App Store and not on CD. This incompatibility makes no sense and it is definitely something the seller should warn about!
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Love everything about this game series including this expansion.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa649b3c0) out of 5 stars The Best Expansion Pack Ever Aug. 22 2009
By reading all night - Published on
Most expansion packs are disappointing, and until now the Civilization ones were no exception. They add a few new units, a few new civilizations, and maybe a concept or two. Although "Beyond the Sword" does all of this, it does a lot more. The additions--corporations that grow and develop, random events that affect relations and growth, a new espionage system that puts teeth back into spies--change the strategy of the game, adding complications and nuances throughout. This is especially good when all of the territories have been claimed. Before this pack, late gameplay was the least interesting part. Now, it is just as enjoyable as the rest of the game. There are also little things that I've enjoyed. Building wonders has always been a great part of Civilization, and now there are many more. New military units, like anti-tank infantry, guided missiles, and paratroopers, add new strategic possibilities to war, and personally, I really like the new animations for the spaceship. The only thing a little disappointing is that they couldn't get Leonard Nimoy to read the script for the new technologies. I don't know who the new guy is, but compared to Nimoy, he sounds pretty lame. You won't be disappointed with this expansion pack. After playing this at my house a few nights ago, a friend of mine went home and ordered his own copy immediately. If you're a fan of the Civilization series, I suggest that you do the same.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa654dd74) out of 5 stars Keeps geting better! Aug. 8 2009
By Gene Feierstein - Published on
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I've been playing Civ since the original came out in 1991 and this expansion moves Civ IV to the top of the list for me. It's now a richer and deeper game which permits the player to be successful with a wider range of strategies. Espionage and random events are my two favorite changes. On the other hand, corporations feel grafted on and just don't seem to add that much to the game. The AI has definitely been improved and I definitely recommend this expansion to anyone with the original Civ IV. If you haven't bought the Warlords expansion, don't bother - everything from it is included in Beyond the Sword except the Warlords scenarios.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa63e9c54) out of 5 stars Great Game Sept. 12 2009
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Beyond the Sword for Mac is a game for great minds. I played the PC version for a while now, but running on iMac or MacBook gives me much better graphics performance and experience. I play with my sons (they use the PC version on Dell) via LAN setting, after installing patch 319, we can play hours with a lot of fun. My version on Mac works much more smoothly than the PC version; I guess OpenGL is better than DirectX? Not sure. Apple just makes much better platforms for games.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa64574c8) out of 5 stars Best in breed for Mac games so far Jan. 21 2010
By Todd Stephens - Published on
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I had Civ IV and the first expansion, Warlords, for some time. Running on 10.4 they both crashed. A lot. I have not had a single crash so far in BTS. Now, I did upgrade to 10.6 before playing this, so possibly that had something to do with it. Others have already reviewed the game content. I have nothing really to add to that. Just wanted to mention that this has made the game much more stable for me, in addition to being a pure joy to play. Brings back memories of Civ III.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa64656d8) out of 5 stars Excellent game, much better than vanilla version Aug. 24 2010
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I'm not going to try to convince you that the Civ games are good. You either like turn-based games or you don't. If you do like them, then you will not be disappointed by this one. I'm just bummed because I know it will be a while before a Mac version of Civ 5 comes along.

I was worried about buying the Mac version because I'd read so many negative reviews. But I really hate using the Boot Camp drive, so I decided to risk it. Here are some of the issues that people have had:

1) Game crashing in the late stages. For me, this has not really been much of a problem. Make sure you install the appropriate patches when available. It is true that the game sometimes gets laggy or the sounds/music get messed up, especially towards the modern era. But I found that quitting the program (after saving!) and relaunching solves that problem easily. It doesn't happen every time...I'd say I have to do this every 5 games or so. It does seem to happen more if I'm doing other things on the computer, like checking email or surfing the web while the game is running.

2) Laptop overheating. Macbooks run hot, whether you're playing a game or not. I use a laptop cooling pad and have had absolutely no problems with overheating.

3) Compatibility with PC saves. Not a problem at all; I'm able to load other people's save files without difficulty.

Finally, a word of warning. This game can be addictive!!

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