The opening cinematics for all the Civilization games just give such a great sense of "Humanity! Fuck yeah!" You're amazing, humans! Now go do your amazing things!
Followed by 40 hours of pointless bickering, in-fighting and war.
This intro and also the game made me even more pumped to Interstellar movie that is out about after a week of Civ BE's release. It feels like Civ BE is the unofficial tie in to Interstellar as it is about mankind's steps to explore or colonize the planets outside Earth.
Here's hoping that both Civ BE and Interstellar will be amazing.
It's good to see the Eastern Orthodox Priests are still the same in the future.
The cinematic is very good. Gave me chills at some moments. I would say it's better than the Brave New World one.
Just like real humanity!
I really liked this little image, just because it highlights something really interesting historically.
Back when the Soviets were in charge, religion was of course sidelined, Yuri Gagarin famously said on his decent back to Earth: "I looked and looked and looked, but I didn't see God.". Contrast this with the very pro-Christian ideology of the states at the time. The Russians actually published a really famous propaganda poster of a cosmonaut floating in orbit, uttering the words "There is no God up here!".
- Check out the various spires, including the Orthodox cross, at the bottom.
Now of course, with communism gone, it's like they are making up for lost time. Like your article states, Orthodox priests bless everything, including the rockets that send men up to the ISS.
I like to think that Sid is aware of this given his knowledge of history, so the priest in this video is a nice little addition that makes you think. Maybe it's a metaphor for the old versus the new, for change, or maybe it's just a cheeky jab at the Russians. Either way I thought it was cool.
Finale of Civ V intro with that bloody choir, view of the valley and then the age-progressing logo. Goosebumps every time.
And don't forget from Civ 4!
Wow, that was a really powerful cinematic! I'm really excited for what this new game can bring to the tables. I hope the multiplayer is more stable in this one though, especially in drawn out games.
Was she Muslim? Given the Sikh soldiers at the launch site and her accent, I thought she was a Hindu in India. And I think I spotted the icon for the Kavithan Protectorate on the jeep's door.
I also thought of Interstellar. This was more stirring than the commercials for the movie have been, though I'm still very optimistic about the film. This was a great way of giving a human touch to an ambitious space-Civ. They did a great job.
Got to save something for the expansions.
Why not both?
I really like how non-white, or at least 'traditional west', considering the orthodox priest, the intro is. Makes it much more representative of humanity at large. After previous intro cinematics that seemed to throw around images of Rome as 'civilization' more than, say, Bantu villages or Mesoamerican societies, it's definitely an improvement in terms of cliche occidental focus.
Wow, that was striking. It also sets a rather tragic sort of undertone to the gameplay - humanity escapes Earth to rebuild elsewhere, only to inevitably wage war on each other as soon as a new planet is discovered.
It also makes the affinity system seem to have a bit more philosophical depth:
Harmony has accepted that Earth is dead, and traditional notions of humanity with it, which is why they synergize with the alien life and their victory condition is uniting with the "overmind" of the planet
Purity refuses to believe that humanity was at fault for Earth's decline, going to extreme lengths to preserve its culture and having the victory condition of bringing people from Earth to the new world
Supremacy acknowledges that humanity was weak, opting to become cybernetic and having the victory condition of going back to Earth to save humanity from the weakness of its current state.
Needless to say, I'm pumped.
Great cinematic. Made me really pumped for the game, I just hope they've learned something from Civ V:s launch...
What I do miss about SMAC however is that it wasn't about existing earth nations in space, but rather scrapping nationalism and instead breaking humanity into ideologies. That was why the lore was so rich IMHO, it wasn't just 'oh the russians act this way now so they'll act that way in the future', but instead it was a clash of hardline ideologies: The backstory, justifications and quotes behind each was just so fascinating and fresh, the backstory of each nation will be sort of just more national history.
I know the purity stuff is sort of an ideology but not to the extremes that SMAC brought in. I think it's a missed opportunity but I'm still on board with Beyond Earth.
Okay, fine, 20,000 years of pointless bickering, in-fighting and war.
The Civ BE opening has a bit of Interstellar vibe. The commercials so far for the movies arent too bad as Chris Nolan's trailer usually tell very little about the movie's storyline. My personal favourite official trailer is still which the opening cinematic is similar to it's theme: Earth is fucked and we need to get out of here. It gets a bit cheesy towards the end, though. However, my favourite trailer so far is the leaked IMAX trailer who is a montage with snippets of the movie along with quotes from Buzz Aldrin, Steven Hawking to Elon Musk and also old video clips of Kennedy talking about why we should explore the space and colonise the galaxy. That trailer made me really cautiously excited for it.
I am definitely looking forward to both as I do love movies/games that is about human colonisation/exploration into the vast unknowns of space.
Still one of my favorite games of all time.
I'm super excited for this game. I was only recently introduced to the civilization series when I bought it on sale last winter on steam. I don't think I've ever spent so much time on a game in a week.
Not necessarily. It doesn't even really look like a hijab, unless it is one being very liberally worn. Plenty of women in India wear headscarves, Hindu or Muslim (or Christian, etc. since it can be a non-religious cultural thing). I mean, it could be a loose hijab or it could be one of many other pieces of cultural garb.
Well knowing that they had CiV assets to play around in creating the game, it should not be as bad as CiV launch, since they have the code after big issues was fixed.
Alpha Centauri is a freaking 4x strategy game but managed to do atmosphere and narrative better than most games regardless of genre. It's pretty incredible really.
Which conveniently belies the big "great mistake" humanity committed that the colonists are running from in the first place.
this is not a Russian exclusive thing. Priests in Greece bless everything too. Also, many pictures are from Romania.
Civ captures the spirit of history, not the exact details.
There should be more good science fiction, in gaming and elsewhere. Alpha Centauri, which clearly was a huge inspiration for this game (although they can't say that for licensing reasons), is IMO still the best sci-fi in gaming and I hope this game continues some of that tradition.
And some pillaging. Everyone likes a good pillage now and again.
I read the old original script a while back because I'm a bad person. If they stuck anywhere near that, the trailers and synopsis haven't shown shit.
I find it funny how much religion is brought up in this intro, but apparently there is no religion in the game mechanics.