“ Genre: Strategy / Publisher: Aspyr / Platform(s): Mac / ESRB Rating: E10 - (Everyone 10+) / Media: DVD-ROM „
Civilisation IV comes highly recommended by someone who was thought it was the most pointless, boring game in the world... My boyfriend had the PS1 Civilisation, which quite frankly was rubbish, and i couldnt understand his obsession at all. I decided to buy him CivIV for the PC so i could get my TV back, and soon got hooked myself. To begin with you can pick which leader you want to be - there are loads to pick from and each has two main attributes ie financial, spirtual, expansion etc which gives you various bonuses so it helps to know your victory aim before you start - which you can also select at the start - time, space race, domination etc or you can select all which means the people you are playing against can have differant aims... There are so many things to pick at the start of the game, or you can quick start to begin with. I could go on all day :) But I won't... This game is perfect for anyone who love strategy games, and also those who like role play games such as the sims. It has fantastic replay value as well due the the amount of differant routes you can play.
Civilisation 4 is quite simply the best money I have spent on my boyfriend for a very long time! This is a game that you can easily play for a whole day without knowing where the time has gone. You know the type - the ones that stop you doing anything else that you planned to do that day! This is a game where you have to develop your civilisation in order to eventually take over the world either by force, or by wowing your opponents. Be warned though, this is not a micromanagement game like Age of Empires or similar. You have overall control of your civilisation but you can't get in and directly control how each farm is run etc. The fighting units are good, especially with the new upgrade systems that are in place. The ability to specialise units is a massive help with gameplay. Overall, both myself and my partner agree that this is one of the best games we're got in a long time. I am addicted to the Sims, and he's addicted to Command and Conquer, and finally we have a game we can play against each other!
When I consider the time I spent playing this last winter I think this is the best value for money entertainment I've bought in a long time! Starting with just a small group of settlers you have to build an entire civilisation from scratch and build up to world domintation, taking care of everything from your peoples' culture and happiness to scientific advances and developing relationships with other world leaders as you go. It's quite a delicate balance to get everything right and that's part of why this game is so addictive, there seems to be more to consider every time you play and it's really interesting to try different styles of leadership. For example, I got stuck in a rut of trying to develop my culture to become 'legendary', racing to build world wonders everytime I played. However, when my boyfriend started declaring war on everyone I found that I wasn't ready for it and had to get defensive at the cost of my cities' happiness, resulting in my own people refusing to work! Add to this the fact that every 'leader' figure has a slightly different personality type and you start to get and idea of how truly complex and fascinating this game can become! There are also several different ways to win the game, ranging from cultural domination to scientific advancement (winning the space race) to physical domination, which can only be achieved by war, and a diplomatic vote. It's wise to start planning which you are going to try for early in the game and build your entire culture with one of these victories in mind. I highly, highly recomend this to anyone who likes strategic games. I can't wait to try the expansions!
Civilisation 4 is the fourth part of the Civilisation game series. Having been a huge fan of Civ.2 but hating Civ.3, I was a bit apprehensive about this release. However I was pleasantly surprised. Civilisation 4 takes you to new places in your quest to take over world. The point of the game as always is to build up your civilisation so that you are bigger, better, faster, stronger than everyone else. Whether you decide to burn the other civilisations to the ground or wow them with your superior knowledge is up to you. This time around however, everything is much more developed and instead of farms, mines etc being a good bonus, they are pretty necessary if you want to succeed. There is also a further developed choice of units available to you and more functions become available for existing units as you develop new technologies in a way that never existed in previous versions. There are a selection of scenarios to play, random maps and the feature to design your own custom game. The graphics arent fantastic, but they don't need to be in this type of game. I think that anymore detail would detract from the fact there is so much going on in the screen. I don't tend to bother with the sound during this game as I don't think it adds anything to game play, however I find that is the case with most turn based games. As far as longevity is concerned, I have often found myself getting caught up in the game for hours. Any fans of strategy games will find this highly addictive and you have the power to make gameplay even more complex after a while once you have mastered the basics. I would however not advise this game for people who like an easy going game, this game can be very complicated and you need to pay attention to what is going on everywhere within your civilisation. I play this type of game often but it did take me quite a while to master all the various features available, some of which you can get away with ignoring, but I think they can add a lot to the game play. Overall I would say this is a good example of world domination turn based game and is aimed at experienced strategy gamers. I would suggest a previous version of civilisations or a more simple strategy game for beginners.
With Sid Meier's Civilization IV, history as you know it, is history. Rule throughout time and create your own legacy as you guide your civilization from the dawn of man through the space age and beyond.Implement new technologies,conduct diplomacy or wage war to grow your society and become the most powerful leader the world has ever known.