You are a merchant in northern Europe in the late Middle Ages when the Hanseatic League was flourishing. Your goal is to rise to the most successful and influential member of the Hanse, ultimately being elected Elderman, leader of the trading league.
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The Steam Special Edition contains alternate textures for the Counting House and Cog ship type.

Patrician IV is the sequel to the historical trading simulation and strategy series. You are a merchant in northern Europe in the late Middle Ages when the Hanseatic League was flourishing. Your goal is to rise to the most successful and influential member of the Hanse, ultimately being elected Elderman, leader of the trading league. You start bargaining with common goods, build up your own production and establish a merchant fleet. Later on, you will gain more and more political influence and even found new towns.

However, a Hanse merchant's life can also have its dark sides. On your way to power you have to hold your ground against fierce rivals, whom you have to fight with economic competition, price wars or impure means such as sabotage. Will you even engage in piracy?

Key features:

  • Become a powerful merchant - rise through the ranks using your increasing fame and wealth to shape towns from small villages to glorious capitals under your control
  • A complete strategic simulation - balance competing interests, trade routes, political turmoil, disease, weather, piracy and greedy royalty
  • Build an empire - construct buildings and hire workers, stimulating demand for common and exotic goods
  • Battle on the high seas - protect your ships from pirate raiders in realistic and exciting sea battles
  • Visually stunning - a powerful new graphics engine lets you visit bustling and realistically recreated medieval cities such as London, Novgorod, Cologne and Bergen
  • Friendly Interface and Gameplay - Players will enjoy a brand-new, user friendly interface that makes Patrician IV easy to play but challenging to master

Вимоги до системи

    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 5 GB
    • Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible PCIe (Geforce 6 Series/Radeon X1000 Series)
    • Sound: DirectX compatible
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
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8 з 9 людей (89%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
60.7 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 18 січня
I was very reticent to buy this after all the bad reviews in the initial launch period. After i went through the bug fix list and compared to the reviews, it looked like they fixed / adjusted a lot of them and decided to buy the game. I do not regret it. The game has been significantly improved over patrician 3, sea combat can be a bit challenging but once you get it, its not bad. The focus of the game is economical, which is does extremely well.

Prices, the supply and demand systems are well balanced, grahipcs are good, interface has been modified with the updated patch and the trade route system redesigned. In short I recommend it.
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3 з 4 людей (75%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
4.7 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 16 лютого
If you like trading you will love this game. A lot to do and nicely balanced. You will need to keep an eye on your trading empire and get involved in politics and pirate hunting to succeed.

The negative reviews surprise me. I think a lot of the old bugs have been fixed, especially with the DLC. Also, some people complain that it is not as good as Patrician 3. I like them both equally.

If you like economic games and trading games, you will really like this!
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3 з 4 людей (75%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
6.9 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 15 лютого
6 hours of glitches and crashes.

For a trading simulator it's just too simple.

I bought Patrician IV to try to switch from The Guild 2 (another game full of bugs and glitches).

Even The Guild 2 been really glitchy, it's really nice and I just look the other side.

However it's impossible to do the same with this one.

I will have to wait for The Guild 3. :P
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2 з 4 людей (50%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
3.4 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 5 квітня
In some games where you play as a ruler of a nation, conquer lands and advance in technology and civilization, one can usually build markets and set trade routes with other cities. It's the same, except that's the whole point of this game. Seriously, you buy things in one city and sell in another. And you grind your way up.
It wouldn't be as bad, if there was a decent tutorial, consistent user interface, meaningful missions or just a bit of sense of humor. Right now is as exciting as doing taxes.
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113 з 133 людей (85%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
21 людей вважають цю рецензію кумедною
30.1 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 15 січня 2013 р.
It's been a while since I've written a recommendation for a game, and it's a service I feel the community really needs doing, so here we go:

Patrician IV, henceforth known as "Patty IV's" is in something of a niche genre, in that it is a Renaissance trading simulator set around the Hanseatic League in Northern Europe. Doesn't sound like the most riveting game now, but when I rephrase that as TIME TRAVELLING DOSH SIMULATOR 1420 EDITION it starts to sound ♥♥♥♥♥ing dank. (Note to self, make montage video with that title)

Patty IV's behaves something akin to a sandbox, and the main campaign introduces you to the core concepts in a really intelligent way rather than simply throwing a standard tutorial at you, whereupon you start with modest resources as a simple hemp smuggler operating out of Lubeck aspiring to grow his empire until you control all the booze and kush in Denmark.

The difficulties in the true sandbox mode work pretty well too, they basically make more bad things happen the higher difficulty you select, like pirates stealing your ♥♥♥♥ or bad winters freezing ports over as well as ramping up the costs of production, so that in order to maintain a decent profit margin you actually have to spread your goods out intelligently. Because of this, on the higher difficulties you truly end up as a wicked beer baron, having to ship your product all over Europe to find enough people keen for your booze and bud (Stockholm can't get enough hemp for some reason).

Once you've gotten enough dosh behind you from your 'legitimate businesses' you can move into the world of protection, racketeering and exploitation. You can create fleets of pirate vessels or hunt the pirates that menace your trade. You can be 'elected' in charge of a town and pay off the local authorities to leave you in peace. You can build 'schools' where the goal is to design bigger guns for you ships or ways to grow danker kush. You can even pick up some wench and start 'The Family' (watch that ♥♥♥♥♥, I caught mine cheating once).

Have I mentioned that it doesn't stop there?

WELL BUCKLE UP KIDS

IT EVEN HAS A GODDAM CO-OP MODE FOR TWICE AS MUCH DOSH.

Because by know you're already clicking add to cart I'll discuss the DLC now, so you can wrap it up in one easy purchase.

The expansions adds some pretty legit content, so if the gold edition is an option go for it, but the game isn't fundamentally handicapped by missing it out. I even managed to drop about 50 hours into the full edition before finding the key feature of smuggling booze and 'exotic spices' overland that the DLC introduces. It seems like there were a lot of little tweaks that were added with Rise of a Dynasty too, including some fixes with the aforementioned co-op mode, however, so I would recommend picking up the pack if possible.

This is a ♥♥♥♥ing wicked game, potentially the best game to play while you're browsing the net or whatever at the same time, which is ironic due to it not being terribly casual. The reason it has a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ metascore is because all the reviewers are cowards that don't want to put any effort into learning how the systems work, which are relatively easy to understand and smooth to operate. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s are too busy giving 9.8's to on rails shooters to learn how to run a criminal syndicate, uh, I mean 'trading syndicate'. I wouldn't say the game is immaculate, but it's challenging and interesting in a fun way, and I don't regret sinking plenty of hours into it. The ship combat is a little dry too, but that's not the focus of the game.

If you like simulators or relaxed strategy of any kind I'd say it's a must buy.

Overall I'd give TIME TRAVELLING DOSH SIMULTOR 1420 EDITION 80/100.
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