Macworld writes: "Sid Meier creates strategy games that are so expansive, so rich, and so complex that the mini-games, the scenarios, the sideshow distractions in the games are more rewarding then some stand-alone games currently on the market. In Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword, the latest expansion pack for Civilization IV (), there's a World War II scenario that is more entertaining than any turn-based WWII simulator I've played in the past year--and that's not even a small fraction of the game's content.
Meier is never one to shrink from creating scale, depth, or complexity in his games. He also enjoys throwing in the occasional history joke. (If you completely fail at beating a scenario, you'll often be congratulated for having the leadership skills of Dan Quayle)."