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 (461 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 25, 2005

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

 

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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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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 Online Multiplayer no longer supported.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    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 or higher
    • 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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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Civ IV makes plenty of great changes and additions to just about every aspect of the hazardously habit-forming strategy blueprint that famed designer Sid Meier and his talented team have made famous the world over, from combat to diplomacy to research to production to winning the space race. undamentally, this is a much-improved version of the same Civ games we've all been playing and desperately trying to put down for years. And that's far from a bad thing. In fact, it's an awesome thing.If you're familiar with the Civilization series, then you're already well aware that they've traditionally been turn-based strategy games that let you play as the political leader of one of the world's nations in a fictitious bid to take over the globe.The series gives you plenty of ways to do this, such as conquering your neighbors, researching advanced technology, or, in Civilization III (and IV), creating the most cultured society on the planet. It's this great variety that helps give Civ IV the same alarmingly addictive quality its predecessors carried. Like in previous games, your political leader has two special traits that will influence his or her reign, though all the game's traits are new.The Civ series' gameplay has several components, and almost every single one of them is improved in Civ IV. For instance, the series' combat system, which pits different military units against one another based on relative unit strength and technology, has been changed to a "strength" system that seems more intuitive.Civ IV has also improved on the way diplomacy works. While you can still make nice with your neighbors, you have more options than just trading goods, cities, technologies, and/or relations. You can attempt to influence your neighbors to make war or peace with other neighbors, and you can even fence everyone out of your backyard using the game's new "open borders" system.The new great people system is an interesting and useful addition that will probably be especially appreciated by experts. Great people can be expended in exchange for a number of powerful abilities. Civ IV makes a turn for the better by emphasizing strategic planning in general, which ultimately makes the game more balanced. In response to fan requests to adjust the pace of the game, developer Firaxis has added three speeds: the surprisingly fast normal speed, the even-faster quick speed, and the slower-paced epic speed. Even single-player and multiplayer options have been improved in Civ IV. The single-player game offers much-improved artificial intelligence that seems to cheat much less than in previous games, or not at all.Multiplayer also seems to work quite well, and thanks to the game's faster pace, it seems much, much more realistic to actually finish multiplayer games, especially on the "quick" speed setting.The actual game itself looks considerably better, even though the interface can seem a bit rough at times.An incredibly addicting, engrossing, and incredibly well-designed inclusion. No stone was left unturned as the developers crafted this masterpiece and if you’re a fan of the previous installments of this game, you’re definitely going to enjoy this one.
Posted: September 29
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
BABA YETU YETU ULIYE MBINGUNI YETU YETU AMINA
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.4 hrs on record
****
4 out of 5

Addictive empire builder to the point of insanity.

It was Saturday morning, I decided to start a game of Civilization IV, a short session of one hour wouldn't harm I thought...36 hours later, aw damn it.

Yes, Civilization IV is addictive, but it's also incredibly awesome. Borrowing elements from other successful empire and city builders, Civilization IV is the top of the management game with such slickness you'd think you were actually playing a divisive game of chess. Buy it now.
Posted: October 20
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
145.1 hrs on record
An addicting turn based strategy game that can be as simple or a complex as you wish it to be. Is sufficenty different from V and III that it merits to be considered on its own, a great game.
Posted: October 15
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
quite sixy!
Posted: October 1
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
97.2 hrs on record
Step 1: Ally with Ghandi
Step 2: Declare war
Step 3: Bribe Ghandi to help you in the war
Step 4:Fight vailliantly with dead Indian soldiers next to you
Step 5: Shame Ghandi for backing out
Step 6: Ghandi declared war on you
Step 7: LAUNCH THE SPACE ROCKET BEFORE GHANDI GETS HERE!!!!!!
Posted: October 4
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
what the ♥♥♥♥ is a sid
Posted: October 10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
All these reviews with ~10 hours played make me realize how much people are yet to discover the caveman2cosmos mod
Posted: September 26
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
104.7 hrs on record
this game made me ♥♥♥♥ cats for like nine days straight. it was awesome and my ♥♥♥♥ got hairballs
Posted: September 30
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
I wish I haden't sold my soul to gaben.
Posted: October 4
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Civ IV: Squares.
Civ V: Hexagons.

Therefore, Civ IV superior.



Oh, and Half-Life 3 confirmed.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
dosen't let you play the way you would want to. encourages team work with neighbors. if you want to dominate everyone gangs upo and kicks your ♥♥♥.
Posted: October 16
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9.2 hrs on record
Baba yetu, yetu uliye
Mbinguni yetu, yetu amina!
Posted: October 6
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15.8 hrs on record
Awesome
Posted: October 10
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163 of 190 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
It's called Civilization IV for a reason. You'll be sitting at your computer for so long the doctors'll have to stick you with an IV.
Posted: July 14
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Fair warning:this game is not for the faint hearted. The experience comes primarily from the involvement with the game over time. A good civ game is not one that lasts a couple of hours, but one that lasts eons where pretty much all countries have discovered nukes and robots and are on the verge of destroying the entire world. I will put my hand up and say I havn't played a proper game yet but coming from the earlier civ games, this is a thing of beauty.
Posted: August 10
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133 of 240 people (55%) found this review helpful
406.6 hrs on record
better than civ5 confirmed
Posted: June 11
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
I absolutely love Civilization IV, endless hours of strategic gameplay value not to mention the game come installed with various mods pre-installed that were created by the community. You can also find other mods that let you play as different leaders, civilizations and scenarios.
The combat in the game is done very well, as is the diplomacy. The game also has various civilizations to compete against and each leader with it's various traits. It's extremely well developed and the religious aspect is also done very well, each religion has it's own chapel, monastary, cathedral and the religions unique building.
The game is balaced and takes a little bit of time to get fully into it, it's really worth it though.
Posted: June 10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
MUSIC IS AMAZING,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Posted: July 1
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Its probably the last of the best civ's, though i hope not.

The only complaint i have about this game is that the worker automate is counter productive. They will keep changing farm to village, or remove plantation and put down a farm. If the worker ai was 100% perfect this game would be 10/10.

Get it on sale if you can, but its probably still worth the non-sale price if youve never played it.

9/10.
Posted: July 2
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