With over 6 million units sold and unprecedented critical acclaim from fans and press around the world, Sid Meier's Civilization is recognized as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all-time. Now, Sid Meier and Firaxis Games will take this incredibly fun and addictive game to new heights by adding new ways to play and win, new...
User reviews: Very Positive (484 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 25, 2005

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Includes 4 items: Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword, Civilization IV®: Warlords, Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization, Sid Meier's Civilization® IV

 

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"I have played this game since 2006 and modding to death. Unit stacking is a wee problem, but it very fun grand strategy and empire building game."

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November 20

Civilization IV currently not working in OSX 10.10 (Yosemite)

As many of you have noted here, Civ IV base game and Colonization are currently not working in 10.10 due to a python library issue.

After a week of review, this bug is legitimate and we are now officially pulling support for Yosemite until we have a fix for the problem.

Please accept our apology for any frustration this bug has caused. We are working on a solution, but because of the hectic holiday release schedule from Aspyr, we cant give an approximate date as to when that solution will be integrated into the game.

There is a workaround (users have posted it in several spots). It works 100%, but we should advise strong caution when messing with your library files. Make sure you backup your rig with time machine before diving in.

I should also note that some users are having success by making sure that Warlords and/or Beyond the Sword are installed on top of the base Civ IV game.

Please let me know if anyone has any questions, and again apologies for the interruption in play on a GREAT game.

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June 5

Civilization IV Steamworks update released

The patch that replaces GameSpy with Steamworks for multiplayer functionality is now available via Steam. The game functions identically to the previous GameSpy version with the exception that the “Direct IP” option has been removed as it is no longer supported. Save game data should not be negatively affected. If you own a physical disc version of Civilization IV and are interested in receiving this multiplayer update, please submit a support request. http://support.2k.com/requests/new

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About This Game

With over 6 million units sold and unprecedented critical acclaim from fans and press around the world, Sid Meier's Civilization is recognized as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all-time. Now, Sid Meier and Firaxis Games will take this incredibly fun and addictive game to new heights by adding new ways to play and win, new tools to manage and expand your civilization, all-new easy to use mod capabilities and intense multiplayer modes and options*. Civilization IV will come to life like never before in a beautifully detailed, living 3D world that will elevate the gameplay experience to a whole new level. Civilization IV has already been heralded as one of the top ten games of 2005, and a must-have for gamers around the globe!

*Mac version's is not currently compatible with OSX 10 / Yosemite and the Online Multiplayer is no longer supported.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    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)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.8 to 10.9 (Not currently compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite)
    • 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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62 of 65 people (95%) found this review helpful
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Diary Entry 1- Heliopolis is under siege by Rome. I've been unable to send reinforcements because Caeser is moving his troops around my territory, destroying farms, mines and villages. I can't spread too thin in fear of my other cities being attacked.
So 5 handfuls of Heavy machine Gunners have been defending the city from catapult bombardments and grenadier attacks.
And now, he seems to have set his sights upon the neighbouring city of Memphis.

Diary Entry 2 - I've reached out to the Malinese and Isabella of Spain, and both have declared war on Ceaser. They are on the opposite side of him to me. So while they cannot directly help my cities, they will put pressure on the Western side. So hopefully I can repel the siege and push to his cities. I have a troop of tanks coming in from the Northeast, and a regiment of Marines coming in from the southeast.

Diary Entry 3 - The marine regiment was ambushed on both sides upon coming around a mountain. Despite the enemy taking heavy losses, we lost the regiment.
Luckily a reinforcement squad was detailed to memphis, so now it's a case of bunkering down for the incoming attack, and planning the counter offensive.
The tanks have made significant progress, taking the city of Ardea from the grasp of the Romans. They will continue their progress north, towards Rome itself.

Diary Entry 4 - A reserve regiment of Marines have rendezvoused with the tanks. The dispatch will push on to Rome, flanking from the south, whilst Memphis defends and draws the brunt of the Roman Empire.

Diary Entry 5 - We took two cities to the south. And i decided it was now the time to counter attack. Making losses along the way, we broke through the memphis siege, and took the city of Ostia. It was short lived however, as the enemy retaliated while we were at our weakest and reclaimed the city. Luckily, the reserve squad was just 1 click behind, so now we can retake the city again, and await reinforcements.
I see very little action on the Western side, I am beginning to believe my allies have hidden motives. Their troops linger on the enemies borders. Perhaps waiting until I am weak enough that they may strike both me and Julius Ceaser. I must prepare for this eventuality.

Diary Entry 6 - I was wrong to doubt Isabella. How could I let the seeds of battle cloud my mind. She commenced her march across the border today, and in one fell swoop, she liberated a city from the enemy. Her troops have now joined mine, and we march together to the heartland of Mother Rome-ia

Diary Entry 7 - Isabella and I, sat down today and signed the Pernament Alliance of our two peoples. We will forever be comrades in arms, and for this, I graciously gave her 3 cities as gifts. Not without proper thought mind you. They are in 3 strategic places to mine enemy and mine future enemies. This will allow us to adaquately aid each other in times of war, and even further each others growth.
To our future! -clinks glass-

Diary Entry 8 - Rome has fallen to Spain! I made a good choice in allies, Isabella is ruthless, a worthy opponent to any who may cross her.
The Chinese also declared war on Germany, Frederick reached to me.. unfortunately, as well as the war on the Romans is going, I cannot extend myself at this time. He seemed disappointed.

Diary Entry 9 - An achievement I am unsure of. We have created...The Atom Bomb. I don't know what to think about this. A weapon with destruction beyond any imagination. One that would win countless wars, but with such heavy costs. I must make sure this never falls into the hands of our enemies..

Diary Entry 10 - We were pushing the city of Cumae today, they had heavily fortified the city, and it seemed an arduous task. The combined might of myself and Spain, and yet we struggled.. A shadow appeared on the horizon. They came bearing the flag of Rome, and begun a charge on our flank. We were outnumbered, the rest of our forces had lagged behind to clear up the enemy remnants. We hastily mustered a defence as best we could. The doors to Cumae opened, the cities huge force came out to greet us. We were preparing for defeat..
But then there they came. The Malinese army! They routed the enemy on our flank. Taking advantage of this turn of tide, we charged the enemy city, gates wide open and with morale turned, we claimed it for our own.

Diary Entry 11 - It's been a long war, spanning many years. Due to the efforts of our 3 way alliance, we have chipped the Romans down to a fraction of the strength they once possesed. Brundisium is their final city, their last stain on a world so tainted by greed. I have the honour of being the one to remove that stain. I now make my march, our footsteps of doom bellowing down upon the city walls. We are coming..

Diary Entry 12 - As we approached the gates of the Palace, Ceaser panicked. He offered a Peace Treaty, along with all his coffers. "Why barter for what I can simply take?" I said, leaving a lifeless corpse on the floor. My troops rejoiced, sharing drinks with the Spanish, and food with the Malinese. What was I doing? I was looking across the border to the North... towards the prosperous Chinese Empire.

TL;DR - Get game, is good, Da.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Don't let my "1.9 hours on record" fool you, I've played over 1000 hours in the Civ4 expansions: beyond the sword, and warlords, and let me tell you - this is one of my favorite games of all time.

It's easy to get into and super addictive. Whether you want to play it like an economic or diplomatic power, or play it like a 4x war-style game (like most people do), it's go something for everyone. Lots of customization, expansions, and mods to keep it fresh.

Matches can be as short as a few hours or as long as a few weeks. Great turned based strategy that blends the need to balance economy, science, and culture with military might or defense.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I'll just play a quick game....(9 hours pass) oh why is it dark outside.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
I was looking through my files regular saturday afternoon and i found the motherload of music
10/10 would buy just for the music
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Amazing Game! One of the best strategy games of all time!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
49.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Great strategy game, I find nothing bad in it. Controls are great, game is awesome and atmosphere is great. Even though everybody is hyping SDCV (it's great, don't get me wrong) I think IV is still pretty good and I love playing it. And it consumes less HD space.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
I haven't played any of the newer Civilizations, but from the ones that I've played, this one is my favorite.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
A fiendishly difficult turn based strategy game. So many ways to play with the plethora of leaders to choose from that have different traits, unique units, and unique buildings. I would only reccomend if you have the patience to learn how to play and get better. It's also very interesting for people that are into history. :)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
julius caesar offers me salad every time i see him of course i would recommend a game with this kind of hospitality

10/10
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
49.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Dispite time passed in Civilization series part IV remains a game with most options, great immersion and sufficient diversity via mods.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
106.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
9.9/10 it's alright
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Fun with friends, not too complicated
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
44.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Civilization IV,
Were to start?
Nvm just buy it, worth 20 bucks, great game.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
score 9/10
what i have to say about civ4 is that has many mods,it is a game with depth,
a game u must have at your library!
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3 of 10 people (30%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
It was gr8 m8 i r8 8/8 but its l8 so i will go touch my prost8 with k8 who is 8
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
You should buy this game
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1 of 10 people (10%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This game is awesome!
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2 of 13 people (15%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I don't remember how I got this. Either in a bundle that I got for something else or from a steakhouse dumpster after they find ebola in the meat. You don't need to be smart to learn this, just have astronomical patience. Sorry I just think most rts games besides C&C and SC2 are boring. CIV games are good for getting me tired so I can then exit the game only 20 minutes into it and take a nap. What a boring snorefest. I don't even need constant action, I can play any game but CIV games are just mind wreckingly boring like a date with a mute girl when you don't know she is mute. "SAY SOMETHIN', B1TCH, SAY ANUHTHANG!" Direct quote from an episode of Shaft.
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1 of 11 people (9%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I realise that it says I have played only 0.2 hours but I assure you that it is lying and in fact I have played closer to 40 hours in the expansions.

Rather than write a story about my gaming experience I'm just going to say that after looking through the other positive and negative reviews I have noticed that neither truly bring to light all aspects of this game.

This game is simultaneously great and awful. A turn based strategically good time marred by a horrendously stupid AI that coninually demands advanced technologies in exchange for rudimentary research.

Don't buy this is you want a complex diplomatic experience as the AI will only leave you disappointed.
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1 of 80 people (1%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I didnt enjoy this game i would like my money back
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