Here Are the Best Civilization: Beyond Earth Mods

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I really enjoy playing the latest game in the Civ series, and probably you do too, but we could always do with some great mods to improve the experience even more. We have scoured the internet and found them and, fortunately, we didn’t decide to keep them just for ourselves. So we’re giving you below the best Civilization: Beyond Earth mods available right now (things will surely change in the future when more people will get the chance to mod the game).

But until that happens, this quick and nice mods are extremely useful and improve the gameplay a lot, so check them out below!

Weyland-Yutani Corporation

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This mod adds a brand new sponsor to the game, Weyland-Yutani from the Alien series. It makes so much sense to have this sponsor in Beyond Earth that you simply have to download it and give it a try! This is in its early stages, but it sure looks promising! You can check it out here.

Colorful Tech Web

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A very simple, yet extremely useful mod that changes the way the tech web looks in the game. Wonders are purple, regular buildings are green (orange in old versions), satellites are yellow, and other units are red. Makes the whole science thing a lot easier, especially if you’re just starting to play the game and most of these research options are big enigmas to you. Check out the mod here.

InfoAddict

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If you miss all the information that you had in previous Civilization games, like your score and military power, all the stats and information, this mod is for you! It comes with visual representation of civilization relationships (trade, war, etc) and also contains a global rankings with different stats as well (demographics, etc). In other words: extremely useful! Get it here.

Player Colors for Units

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If you want to easily know what civilization owns what unit, this is the mod for you, as it adds a sponsor’s national color onto its units. Check it out here.

Unlimited Exp from Aliens

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Don’t you hate it that there’s an XP cap when it comes to killing all those annoying aliens? This mod removes it, so you can easily work on eradicating all life on the new planet! Get the mod here.

Visualy Distinctive Terrains

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One of the biggest problems that I had with Civ: Beyond Earth was the fact that all graphics seemed to be of a similar color and on many occasions I had a very difficult time fully understanding the terrain. This mod fortunately fixes that and it comes like a fresh breath of air for me – and I am sure you will agree! Check it out here.

EnhancedLoadout

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Don’t you like the limited number of options you have when it comes to selecting the Cargo, Colonists or Spacecraft? This mod gives you more, for a better customization and even more strategies! Get it here.

Beyond Balance

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So, you think that the game is not balanced enough? This game addresses all the problems reported by the community and brings many changes aimed at delivering the most balanced game. You can give it a try here.

These would be our recommended Civilization Beyond Earth mods and I am sure you should at least give them a try. Enjoy!

Civilization Beyond Earth: What Is the Best Virtue Tree?

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Virtues in Civilization: Beyond Earth are basically the Social Policies of the previous game, reworked and polished to look and be a lot different. However, with so many possible choices and an obvious impossibility to unlock them all, you might wonder which are the best virtues in Civilization: Beyond Earth – and we are here to try and answer that question. So if you’re wondering what virtue tree is the best to focus on during your game, wonder no more and keep on reading.

Although usually choosing your virtues in Civilization: Beyond Earth is or should be based on your play style, at the moment of writing this I consider one of the virtues (one that I have originally ignored in my first few games) extremely overpowered. Combining it with trade routes (which are also a bit overpowered in my opinion) gives you amazing results and probably huge bonuses over the other civilizations. What’s this virtue tree? The Prosperity one.

Although normally you would be tempted to choose anything BUT the prosperity Virtue Tree (with Knowledge, Industry and Might seeming the best alternatives, in this order), if you look closely at Prosperity, you will see just how powerful it is. The first five bonuses are indeed not amazing, but they are perfectly created for a starting civilization and growing will be encouraged (you start with 10% of your previous food after a citizen is born, you get faster workers and improvements, faster outpost growth and eventually a free Colonist).

But things get even better: you unlock great Prosperity Synergy bonuses (like 10% city growth and extra health) and get Trade Route Bonuses (a ton of extra energy) and health. Health comes with bonuses of its own, so getting at least the first 10 Prosperity Virtues will offer you huge bonuses.

But even though the Prosperity Virtue is overpowered, you might choose to play without the otherwise boring bonuses and focus on what matters most: enjoying the game more. This means ignoring the overpowered virtue and focusing on the others. Each are useful, but I would recommend you do it like this:

Knowledge first (at least the first tier), closely followed by Industry and Might. It’s probably a good idea to stay a bit more focused on unlocking more basic bonuses in all categories rather than specializing on a specific virtue in this case but your focus should be on Knowledge for the Science boost. Might might not matter too much in the end if you manage to get the right techs and better troops than your opponent – and get there a lot faster than them, making the extra bonuses a bit less useful.

But in the end, since this is the question that this article tried to answer, the best virtue in Civilization Beyond Earth is Prosperity, combined with a ton of Trade Routes to reap on all the benefits. It’s overpowered right now and most likely this will be fixed in an upcoming patch, so make sure you take advantage of it while it lasts.

What about you? Which virtue seems to be the best choice in the game, in your opinion? Let us know by commenting below!

Civilization: Beyond Earth – Best Cargo to Start With

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The final choice that you have to make before starting a new Civilization: Beyond Earth game is what cargo will you bring with you to the new planet. Although the choice is not as important as getting the right sponsor, colonists and even choosing the Spacecraft are, it still is a bonus that might matter in the long run. So why not make sure that you choose the best cargo in Civilization: Beyond Earth? So we’re here to talk just about that!

Before deciding which is the best Civilization Beyond Earth cargo to start with, let’s see what choices to we have:

Hydroponics (Begin with 1 extra population in your City)
Laboratory (Begin with Pioneering tech)
Raw Materials (Begin with a Clinic)
Weapon Arsenal (Start with a Soldier Unit)
Machinery (Begin with a Worker Unit)

All these bonuses are in my opinion extremely balanced and making a choice is really difficult – so choosing the “best” cargo in the game is probably a matter of personal preference. I usually go with Weapon Arsenal because the extra soldier gives me an exploration boost, so I can get to those Resource Pods easily and get some extra bonuses. Plus, I always seem to land in the most alien-crowded area on the map and my Explorer dies pretty soon.

But it might seem just as good to start with the extra population in your Capital (since this means faster production of troops and units), as well as getting the free technology. However, I usually choose the Soldier for the reasons mentioned above and I can’t complain. Unless I end up face to face with an aggressive Worm.

What do you think though? Which is the best cargo to start with in Civilization: Beyond Earth?

Civilization: Beyond Earth – Best Spacecraft to Choose When Starting a New Game

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Choosing the Spacecraft in Civilization: Beyond Earth doesn’t seem to be just as important as the sponsors or colonists are, but it’s still one choice that has to be made and since there are multiple options, some are naturally better while some are worse. I am here to share with you my thoughts on the best Spacecraft to choose in Civilization: Beyond Earth when starting a new game – and this is the only case where things are pretty obvious in my opinion.

So if you are to ask me, there’s just one extremely useful bonus that you can choose and one best Civilization: Beyond Earth Spacecraft:

Tectonic Scanner

This Spacecraft allows you to see three important resources in the game (Petroleum, Geothermal and Titanium) without having to research the proper technologies first. This offers a big bonus early on because you can easily plan your civilization’s development and settle new cities to take advantage of these resources that you will definitely need later in the game. So you start with a huge bonus, in my opinion!

And if you really don’t think that you need this bonus – although, as I said, I consider it the obvious choice and the only one to make no matter how you plan to play – you can always go for the Continental Surveyor Spacecraft. As this reveals all coasts on the map, this is a bonus that is better used when you play an Archipelago type of game since it helps up with exploration quite a lot. But in any other game, I strongly believe that Tectonic Scanner is the way to go and nothing else.

What about you? What do you think is the best option when it comes to choosing the best Spacecraft in Civilization: Beyond Earth?

Civilization: Beyond Earth – Best Colonists to Choose for Victory

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After choosing the best sponsor in Civilization Beyond Earth, it’s time to move to the second “chapter” and choose the best colonists for the game. We can only choose from five colonists types and each of them has very focused bonuses, so choosing the best option depends on how do you intend to play: an aggressive game for Total Domination, a peaceful exploration, a rapidly growing civilization and so on.

However, I am here to share with you my opinion on the best colonists to choose in Civilization: Beyond Earth, as some seem to be indeed more valuable in the long run than the others. So let’s check them out below!

Before getting to the best, let’s eliminate what I consider to normally be the worst colonists you can choose: Refugees (they give you +2 food in every city, a bonus that’s not as important because you can work food out easily in the game) and Scientists (although their +2 Science bonus is pretty solid, again you’ll get science from other means and you’ll probably never have a huge number of cities to really rule with the bonuses gained).

From the three remaining Colonists, it’s really difficult to choose as they are all extremely useful. My top three best colonists to choose in Civilization: Beyond Earth are:

3. Aristocrats
I found out during my playthroughs that keeping people healthy in Civ: BE is pretty difficult. So I am welcoming any bonus I can get to Health. Plus, the extra three energy per city gives us more building options without too many headaches. Still, not the colonists to die for.

2. Artists
I find Culture extremely important in the game (especially if you go with the Franco-Iberia sponsor, for example) and you also get +1 Health in your cities. Extremely important!

1. Engineers
I always have a personal debate before going with Engineers of Artists and it’s always a tough choice. Now I have decided to consider the Engineers as the best colonists to go with because the extra production bonus is always welcome and can help your civilization tremendously as you will build everything a lot faster. This is great for an offensive civilization since growth will come pretty naturally and you can fill up the map with troops pretty easily.

Which of the available colonists in Civilization: Beyond Earth is your best? Do you agree with my picks or you have a different opinion?

Civilization Beyond Earth: Best Sponsor for Your New Beginnings

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The new Civilization game introduces a bunch of new concepts to the game and we’re going to talk about each and every one here at Vgamerz. We’ll start with the first decision you’ll have to make in every Civilization Beyond Earth game that you start: choosing the best sponsor. These are basically the “old” civilizations from earth and some seem to be obviously better than the others, even though, fortunately, they remain pretty balanced at the same time. So let’s find out the Best Sponsor in Civilization Beyond Earth for a successful colonization of the alien planet.

Choosing the “correct” sponsor in the game is often a matter of personal preference because, just as I said, they are pretty balanced. But in my opinion, a few stand out and I am show you why below. Let’s start with what is, in my opinion, the best Civilization Beyond Earth Sponsor:

Pan-Asian Cooperative
This sponsor gives you a 10% production bonus to any wonders you’ll build, as well as 25% better speed for improvement building by your workers. This means two things: you can easily become a wonder-producing civilization (because the 10%, even though it might not sound impressive at first, offers you a big advantage!) while the workers’ speed means that you won’t need to build a billion and a half of them. You can easily do with just a few if you don’t go completely crazy with the number of cities. So personally, I would always choose Pan-Asian Cooperative as my sponsor.

Franco-Iberia
My second favorite Civilization: Beyond Earth Sponsor for when I want to go all geeky in the game. It offers a great bonus if you put it to good use: a free technology for every 10 Virtutes that you unlock, so you have to focus a lot on culture (and science) to make it matter. Although this doesn’t mean that you will get a ton of free technologies during your run, it’s still freebies that matter a lot and will give you the edge in the tech war in the game.

Polystalia
Finally, rounding up the top three is Polystalia which gives you two more trade routes in your Capital. I am slowly finding out that something that I usually ignored in previous Civ games, the trade routes, are extremely important here and the two extra routes are basically priceless. Combine this with the Ecology tech and its alien upgrade and you can establish extremely profitable trade routes that will help your Civilization tremendously from start to the end.

Now that you have my top three best Sponsors in the game, let’s talk about the worst of them. In my opinion, these are:

– African Union (10% food is not that much, and I found out that keeping your civilization healthy is at some points a real challenge)
– ARC (I rarely focus on the Covert Ops so I really have no need for them)
– Kavithan Protectorate (although it does help a little bit with the Outpost growth at first, it’s not a huge bonus in the long run. Acquiring new tiles is not as important as other parts of the game).

What about you? Which sponsor do you think is best to be chosen in Civilization: Beyond Earth?

How to Fix Civilization: Beyond Earth Crashes, Freezes and Other Problems

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Civilization: Beyond Earth is high on my most wanted list of games this year and I am extremely happy now that it’s finally available for purchase. Although I haven’t had any problems so far with the game, there are some people who are experiencing constant game crashes and other problems, and we are here to try and help you. To keep all solutions close by, we have created this article where you can check out how to fix Civilization: Beyond Earth crashes, freezes and other game problems.

Most likely, a patch will follow very soon, fixing most of the problems, but until then you can still check out some possible solutions for Civilization: Beyond Earth crashes.

First of all, do all the common sense things: make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements, quit all the programs running in the background (including antivirus), make sure that your drivers are updated to the latest version (including the audio drivers) and if all else fails, check game’s integrity on Steam.

If these are all checked and you still experience Civilization: Beyond Earth crashes and freezes, it’s time to get a bit more in depth! Here are some more advanced suggestion:

Fix the display
Many of the crash reports are solved if you match the game’s resolution to that of your screen’s resolution. For example, if your normal desktop resolution is 1440×900, make sure that the game has the same resolution.

Disable Core Threading
Go to the install folder of your game and open the file config.ini with a text editor like Notepad. Find the line EnableGameCoreThreading = 1 and change it to EnableGameCoreThreading = 0. Save the file and restart the game. This hopefully fixed your problems.

Fix the SHGetKnownFolderPath failed message
If you are getting the SHGetKnownFolderPath failed pop-up message when playing Civilization Beyond Earth, that’s because you don’t have your documents in the default folder. One option would be to restore your Documents folder to the default location, but if this is not an option for you, you can try to edit the registry path for the folder. Run the Regedit command line and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders and change the default My Documents location to the one you are currently using.

Re-run VCredist
This fix was reported over on the Steam forums, and it goes like this: Go to your steam installation folder (normally C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common \Sid Meier’s Civilization Beyond Earth\VCRedist) and run vcredist_x86.exe – restart your computer afterwards and play the game!

High refresh rate monitors
It appears that high refresh rate monitors are forcing the game to crash and/or doesn’t allow users to select a proper resolution. Unfortunately, there is no fix on that but 2K Games announced on Twitter that they’re aware of this problem and they’re working on a patch to fix things up.

These would be, for now, our recommended Civilization Beyond Earth crash fixes, but we’ll make sure to update this article when we find new information about possible ways to fix your in-game problems. If you managed to find a solution that fixed the game for you, let us know by commenting below!

Civilization: Beyond Earth Cheats

The highly anticipated Civilization: Beyond Earth has finally been released and I am sure you’re having a great time exploring the alien worlds and trying out all the new features and concepts in the game. And although I am sure you will soon become an expert and grab win after win, a bit of help never hurts, especially early one.

That’s why we have created this Civilization: Beyond Earth cheats article, where we will collect and share with you all the cheat codes for the game and any other cheat-like mechanics (like glitches, for example) that will help you get an advantage in the game and win easily. So let’s check out some Civilization: Beyond Earth cheats below!

Entire Map Visible
Go to your game’s install folder and find the config.ini file. Open it with notepad or any text editor and change the line “DebugPanel = 0″ to “DebugPanel = 1″. Start the game and now you can see the entire map in every game by pressing the ` key (the tilde key that’s on the top left side of your keyboard, right before the number 1 key). A panel will appear after pressing the key, and you can select the option to reveal the entire map. This, of course, gives you a huge advantage in the game!

Right now, this is the only Civilization: Beyond Earth cheat that we know of, but we’ll surely update this article as soon as we find more. If you happen to find some codes for the game, let us know by commenting below!

Best Civilization: Beyond Earth Pre-Order Deal: Get Free Map Pack, $5 Credit

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Civilization: Beyond Earth is one of my most anticipated games, and with its upcoming release in October, the pre-order offers have started to pop up all over the internet. We did some research on the best places to pre-order Civilization: Beyond Earth and found out that Amazon has a really nice offer, since they add something extra to the regular Pre-Order bonus.

Therefore, if you decide to splash the cash on the game early on, not only that you will have the chance to play it as soon as it launches on October 24th, but you will also get a free map pack: the Exoplanets Map Pack which includes six custom maps inspired by real-world exoplanets described below:

  • Kepler 186f: This lush forest planet is one of the oldest known Earth-like planets.
  • Rigil Khantoris Bb: Orbiting the closest star to the solar system, the historical records of this arid continental planet’s settlement are well-preserved.
  • Tau Ceti d: This planet of seas and archipelagos features a booming biodiversity and a wealth of resources.
  • Mu Arae f: Tidally locked in orbit around a weak star, the southern hemisphere of this planet is a blistering desert where the sun never sets, while the northern hemisphere is perpetually in frozen darkness.
  • 82 Eridani e: An alien world of scarce water and wracked by tectonic forces.
  • Eta Vulpeculae b: A mysterious new discovery with unknown terrain.

To keep things interesting, every new game will, in true Civilization fashion, randomize the geographic layouts each time you start a new game. So there’s a ton of replayabilty and extra goodness for a beautiful game.

Why choose this offer and not the offer of other stores who give you the same Civilization: Beyond Earth pre-order bonus? Well, simply because Amazon also throws in a $5 video game credit bonus, basically cutting the overall price even more. And I believe that this is a great deal for a game you’re probably going to purchase anyway! So click here to check out the offer while it still stands!

Civilization: Beyond Earth Has a Team of Writers Creating the “History” of the Future

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When I saw the first details about Civilization: Beyond Earth, I was both excited and worried. Taking a game that traditionally takes place in an universe extremely familiar to the player – Mother Earth – and completely changing the setting, introducing brand new, sci fi elements like alien technologies, alien creatures and topping it all with a brand new planet that seems to be a bit too green and foggy… not that’s a big risk! Taking people out of their comfort zone and throwing them into the unknown always is. But fortunately, the team behind Civilization: Beyond Earth does its best to create the perfect setting.

In a Q&A session over at the 2K blog, Lead Designers David McDonough and Will Miller said that they have a team of writers creating the “history” of the game, as well as all the fiction surrounding the new reality:

“We have had several writers working on the history and fiction of the game. It’s been a fun process because we get to make up everything as we go. We are no longer bound by humanity’s prewritten history. Like all Civ games, Beyond Earth will have a Civilopedia and lots of descriptive text throughout the game to give the player insight into the new tech, events, and planets.”

Further more, players will always have access to all the details explaining exactly what happened (well, except for the “Great Mistake” that caused the end of life on Earth, that seems to remain vague) so they will not be thrown into a completely different world, not knowing why their cities can produce stealth tanks that look like chameleons (the unit is just part of my imagination, probably the game won’t have it).

Asked what sources of inspiration were used to create the futuristic back-story of the post-apocalyptic Civilization game, the lead designers said that they read everything that mattered: “We read through stacks and stacks of the best sci-fi books for inspiration before we even started development on the game. We read everything: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein… we could go on for a while. Researching for Beyond Earth was an incredibly enjoyable point of the development process.”

So, as far as the background goes, it appears that there is a solid basis for Civilization: Beyond Earth and even though we won’t get our chance to build up new nations on familiar grounds, we’ll have all the data required to understand everything that happened, the reasons why we’re there and why there’s no stealth thank that looks like a chameleon in the game.