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Sid Meier's Civilization IV

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As with the rest of Sid Meier’s Civilization series, the player controls a real historical civilization and leads it from the stone age to the space era. The goal is to develop its culture, science, and economy and to conquer the neighboring countries if you feel like it. There are eighteen playable civilizations in the game with some of them having multiple leaders to choose from. Each PC-controlled leader is based on an actual historical figure and has his or her unique personality traits, such as being diplomatic or aggressive.

Civilization IV was the first to introduce different religions rather than an abstract "religion" as a concept. There are seven available religions that can be founded during the game and spread across the map, increasing their founder's influence and boosting his citizens' happiness. The fourth part also introduced the idea of Great People, such as scientists, artists, and prophets, who are also based on actual persons. Corruption mechanic was removed and replaced with expensive building maintenance. Barbarians, who used to be just random enemy units, now can build cities that, however, will not contact with the player via diplomacy and should only be eliminated.

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2K Games, Aspyr
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

Minimum: Windows 2000/XP, 1.2GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent, 256MB RAM, 64 MB Video Card w/ Hardware T&L (GeForce 2/Radeon 7500 or better) DirectX7 compatible sound card, 1.7GB of free hard drive space, DirectX9.0c (included)
Recommended: Windows 2000/XP, 1.8GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent/better, 512 MB RAM, 128 MB Video Card w/ DirectX 8 support (pixel and vertex shaders), DirectX7 compatible sound card, 1.7GB of free hard drive space, DirectX9.0c (included)

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OSX 10.7.5 or newer
  • Processor: Intel chipset
  • CPU Speed: 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 3.5 GB free disk space
  • Video Card: (ATI): Radeon 9600 Video Card (NVidia): GeForce FX 5200
  • Video Memory: (VRam): 128 MB RAM
  • Multiplayer: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Internet play requires broadband connection.
  • Media Required: DVD Drive Supported Video cards: NVIDIA GeForce 5200, 6600, 6800, 7800 ATI Radeon 9600, 9650, 9700, 9800, X600, X800, X850, X1600
  • NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).
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Sid Meier's Civilization IV reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
The best Strategy game I've ever played. Better than Civ V, clear Buy recommendation!
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Unfortunately, the Game crashes frequently. Bad is also that the saved Games cannot be deleted.
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Microsoft from French
Frankly this game is a turie!!! good OK the graphics are 2005 but it is 10 times better than civilization V
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Microsoft from Deutsch
The one-way Shortcoming would be that you get attacked very quickly in Multiplayer mode or some Players leave the Game after an average Time of 1 Hour.
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Microsoft from French
Didnt take a wrinkle. Exellent game, better than the 5 and especially the 6. (FOR ME) For idiots, it's a strategy game where you take a civilization and you have to be the last survivor. 8.8/10
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Microsoft from Deutsch
A Dream of a Game! Great, too, because Leonard Nimoy lends the Voice in the English Version. Funktioints on older Versions of Mac OS X/Intel, which is good. (It is Unclear whether this is the case with this Steam version.)
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Just buy the newer episodes, you will never come back to this. The hud is far from informativ and the importand stuff like an attacked city is marked like a normal enemy near it. Religion never works on any of this game series, its like a good idear that couldnt get right in the game and never should.
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My Mustard to the Game. CivilizationIV Let's play an Acquainted Personality from a Dark Ahaze up into a Luminaire we start at 4000.vchr. In This Time The Land is Untamed and Wild. We Build Settings on Improving them with Tollen Upgrades like Fields Mines or Monastery Explore New Technology.Build an Army on Explore The Game World. After Round after Round Grow your Nation settlement around settlement. Since Dauerts also did not long come into the Game The National Intdress such as Technological Excerpt, Tributes or Alliances. Mischess Power but always Stunk makes the Barrel Overflow the War is almost inevitable. It is only As Far as we Cities Must Defend important Raw Materials as well as roads because Everything is connected to Each other. Coordinating the Attacks Can be Difficult to Shape if you lie military or Technological behind Your Nation. Sunny Counting Diverse Bonuses also a great Role experience terrain type of Unit against which they Fight, So A Game Also Continued Long I Seats Currently In Modern and play already 12 std c.a Multyplayer In the Multyplayer it is Huge Fun. If you Just don't Play with a Kim Jong the Hourly with Attacks threatening Salute to Crowd. A Giant Army Owner Has Man A Great Economic Game Great Acting Out etc the Above. Irgentlike Does it seem to Me little like a Board game. Plays yourself But Pleasant and Good Can I really take time. Clear Recommendation
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