The intro cinematic for Civilization: Beyond Earth is actually pretty touching

Showing off the narrative backdrop for leaving Earth

I have been working on a review for the upcoming sci-fi strategy game Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, and one of the things I could not wait to talk about is the introductory cinematic. It seems silly, but for a series that has historically been all about the gameplay, introducing a narrative that provides extrinsic motivation to play is new. Surprisingly, the video hit me right in the emotions.

We already knew about the scientifically/socially important part of the story: We effed up Earth (somehow) and now we need to find a new place for the human race to thrive. What previously had not been shown is the human element of it. With some colonists chosen at random, families are split in the name of the greater good. It got me a little misty-eyed, but then I am pretty sensitive to stuff that mixes feelings with outer space.

Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.