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Unfinished: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth 09/25/2014

Why waste your time researching how to send a poet when you can build sweet space guns?

Sometimes we look at a game before it's done. When that's the case? Well... it must be Unfinished.

Sep. 26 2014

Cast: Vinny, Alex

Posted by: Vinny

118 Comments

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looking forward to the impressoins on this after bombin in the am

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Nice Contact reference.

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yes please devour my life sid meier

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I'm refusing to play this game on pure principle if I can't play as Prokhor Zakharov.

(Lady Deirde is also an acceptable substitute. Sister Miriam can fuck off, though, am I right?)

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Ah - lots of content. Anime or Civ Look?? I love both so much!

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Strange to see they've gone back to river tiles giving money again, especially since the trading system is still in place.

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Ive literally been waiting for this game my entire life, Alpha Centari was my first video game

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Vinny making Stargate references, love it!

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Been looking forward to this since Alex mentioned it was coming on the morning show. WOOOO! *happy dance*

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dat endless space tech tree

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To answer @alex opening question: what if you are going to found a prison planet and are the first inmate?

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I really want to wait until January to get Civ: Beyond Earth because if I got it at release I'd miss out playing other games coming out this Autumn. But after just seeing 15 min of this I just want to lose myself in this game.

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That tech tree design looks so, so reminiscent of Endless Space's.

Seriously, look it up. It's uncanny.

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Wait.. Do you have to manually click move or attack? Why aren't the units in move/attack mode immediately when they're selected, like in Civ 5?

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dat endless space tech tree

@bevinsky said:

That tech tree design looks so, so reminiscent of Endless Space's.

Seriously, look it up. It's uncanny.

Came here to say this.

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@totaboy said:

Wait.. Do you have to manually click move or attack? Why aren't the units in move/attack mode immediately when they're selected, like in Civ 5?

I'm pretty sure you can, Alex just didn't do it, and it drives me crazy lol

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I want this game so much. In college, we used to play Alpha Centauri and Alien Crossfire all the time on LAN. This spiritual successor looks just about as amazing.

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What the fuck? That's Endless Space's tech tree, dude. You can't do that!

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I could never get into Civ because the ahistorical maps mixed with historical civilisations really bothered me, so I'm glad this sidesteps that by having fictional factions and being set on another planet.

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I really want to play this game. I hope it is as cool as it looks.

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Can't wait for this.

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I can hear it summoning me. The sweet, sweet siren's call of Civilization.

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So you don't get to interplanetary conflicts in this game? That's a bummer, for some reason I thought you could.

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GBEast and PC gaming! Match made in heaven.

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What the fuck? That's Endless Space's tech tree, dude. You can't do that!

I can see the similarities. But come on, it's a tech tree/web. It's going to look the same. And if you're talking about the iconography placement (big category icon on left side, with smaller icons on the right), that's already been done in Civ 5.

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So you don't get to interplanetary conflicts in this game? That's a bummer, for some reason I thought you could.

Nah, you just have the orbital layer in addition to ground layer.

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Holy space cows... I am going to play this game for all of the time.

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I think you mean Roanoke there @alex

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This game really needs to just come out already. I don't want to wait another month.

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Not really sure how I feel about these 'unfinished' videos of major games a month before release date when they're basically feature complete.

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@gkhan said:

(Lady Deirde is also an acceptable substitute. Sister Miriam can fuck off, though, am I right?)

Aki Zeta-5 is the only true acceptable substitute. But yeah, the Believers can fuck off :D

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Really excited for this. I realize it's not that different from Civ, but a brand new tech tree and other Civ concepts would be great alone. And the twists with satellites, quests, upgrade types, and tech lines all make it seem really fresh beyond that.

Alex picking too many fights with aliens though. Live and let live man. Bug people are people too.

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Oh maaaan, I haven't played a Civ in forever and this is making me want it. I'll play it imagining all the space monsters charging my colonists brandishing Murakami novels--they're not really hostile, they just want to talk about all these alienated loner protagonists, ok!!

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Well Alex and vinny I can answer that. Because the most powerful poet can be more powerfull and can have a greater effect on history than the most powerful spacegun.

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Another game is getting into the Grant Kirkhope business. Cannot go wrong.

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@wiredfolf: Yes that sure was a flawless and totally useful thing. death star is the most useless thing ever. its like a nuke*10. It can only blow up an entire planet . If you live in a world with logic what use would that have? you will never use that thing.

If the OG sith folks would have come up with a better dope rhyme scheme to base their entire cult around there would be no need for a deathstar.

Also here ends my starwars knowledge so i hereby close this debate and crown myself the winner. no further submissions will be accepted!

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Really looking forward to this! played civ 4 and 5 for 100s of hours.

Hope beyond earth has legs and that Firaxis keeps adding to the game after release.

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Man, I went thinking "meh, another Civ game" and seconds into it I, I had the itch. I can't wait this looks great,

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@cretaceous_bob said:

What the fuck? That's Endless Space's tech tree, dude. You can't do that!

I can see the similarities. But come on, it's a tech tree/web. It's going to look the same. And if you're talking about the iconography placement (big category icon on left side, with smaller icons on the right), that's already been done in Civ 5.

The iconography itself is way different from Civ 5, and very close to Endless Space. The structure of the web is not very similar, though.

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I was already on board for this game but now I feel like Beyond Earth can't come out soon enough.

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I could never get into Civ because the ahistorical maps mixed with historical civilisations really bothered me, so I'm glad this sidesteps that by having fictional factions and being set on another planet.

I ended up playing about 90% of my 150ish hours of Civ5 on a custom workshop Mod/Map that reconfigured both the map and factions so it was more accurate to actual geography. You would still end up fighting the Aztec's as Japan but at least Washington wasn't right next to Kyoto.

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Great QL, I'm gonna spend some hours on this game.

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ONE. MORE. TURN!

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Paused the video 17 minutes in and preordered.

(Yes, I know preordering is dumb, but 37 bucks at GMG is too good to pass up for a Firaxis game)

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This just makes me want to play Civ.

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Alpha Centauri was one of my favourite games growing up. Comparisons are warranted and inevitable, and at first glance this seems like it has a much less interested design overall. Less interesting factions without the core philosophical identities from AC, less interesting aliens (psychic mind worms vs bug things), less interesting unit specialization.

This looks like a competent product but seems soured by some design blandness.

In any case:


"I sit in my cubicle, here on the motherworld. When I die, they will put my body in a box and dispose of it in the cold ground. And in all the million ages to come, I will never breathe, or laugh, or twitch again. So won't you run and play with me here among the teeming mass of humanity? The universe has spared us this moment."

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SPACE

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i waaaant this