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War is shiny and new in Civilization: Beyond Earth Rising Tide

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I absolutely adore playing Civilization games. Whether it’s Civilization V or Civilization Beyond Earth, I just really enjoy building up my civilization to take over the world. The thing is, though, that I don’t actually like going to war in the game. I defend myself and retaliate if other countries declare war on me, but I don’t actively pursue an aggressive approach to the game.

In the latest live stream and subsequent YouTube video from Civilization: Beyond Earth, we’re shown exactly how war will be different in Rising Tide thanks to hybrid affinities. You can watch the video over here:

I’m probably the only person on this planet who doesn’t enjoy going war in these games, but I just don’t. I want want to kill anyone, I just want to wipe out their culture and economy and replace it with my own. Wow, I guess I really am American at heart…

I do enjoy how over powered the Pan Asian Cooperative is in the game. It seems fitting that the civilization that would evolve out of Asia would just dominate the rest of us in space. Damn you Daoming!

Okay, so while the war bits don’t appeal to me in the game, I do like seeing how important diplomacy will be and how it will shape the new gameplay in Rising Tide. I definitely plan to keep a close eye on my traits and on my fear vs respect meter – I think that will be a great way for me to dominate everyone without ever needing to actually send troops into battle. Please someone tell me that I’m not the only one who plays this way…

Last Updated: September 11, 2015


  1. Brady miaau

    September 11, 2015 at 14:16

    War: In Civ III I would build up, no fighting, but I would expand recklessly, with abandon and have far too many cities. Then, at some-point, beeline for Tank tech. Then just build HUGE columns of tanks and go to war and wipe out all around me. Cool bit was when you could take a rival country of about 10 cities in one or two turns, gone. Man, that was cool. Civ IV stopped me from expanding recklessly. Strategy was: expand, be weak, but when it comes online, it is a lot at once, economy and everything.

    Beyond Earth is also very punitive if I just expand.Perhaps this may be fun. I dunno. Steam reckons $27.00 now. I think not. This looks like a sale purchase, no real hurry needed.


  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 11, 2015 at 14:46

    No, you’re not the only one Zoe. I only use my army for defensive purposes. For everything else, there’s nukes. I mean diplomacy. Yes.


  3. Lardus-For the Emperor!

    September 11, 2015 at 18:16

    Don’t like the was so much myself. Going to war in games, yes. Civ’s way of war, not so much.


  4. Omar

    September 12, 2015 at 20:01

    You’re not the only one. I have played 300+ hours of Civ V, and I only pursued an aggressive strategy once in order to get domination victor achievement. It is, by far, my least favorite aspect about 4X games.

    I am still waiting for a 4x that does not incorporate war mechanics. I want to dominate through trade, culture, technology, and other non-aggressive means. But since I am in the tiniest of minorities, I am not getting my hopes up.


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