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Civilization 4: Gold Edition - Mac

by Aspyr
Platform : Mac OS X, Mac OS X Intel
3.2 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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  • 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. Gameplay Faster-Paced Fun - Gameplay has been streamlined for a tighter, faster, and more compelling experience. , Great
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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.

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  • ASIN: B001XVC4T0
  • Item Weight: 4.3 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: April 12, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,619 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Issues with this game on OSX: 1) graphics glitches: units and terrain will suddenly turn black and you can't see the game. restarting the fixes this for me. 2) it runs very slowly (eg. combat animation) even on a brand new late 2009 macbook pro (the bizarre focus on these graphics aside, given this is a turn-based strategy game). 3) multiplayer simply doesn't work for me. I click "register to play online" and the screen just hangs, doing nothing. 4) I figured maybe patches from the developers would resolve some of these issues, but it seems like they're exclusively focused on the windows users. I found a zip file via developer support pages that might contain an OSX patch but then got a MySQL error from the download server link. I feel these glitches and lack of technical support are a bit ridiculous for the price tag of the game. I was a huge fan of early versions of the game and would recommend that people not buy Civ 4 for OSX and wait for a subsequent version that lacks the glitches and comes with OSX support, if that time will ever come.
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I recently purchased Civ 4 Gold and the expansion disc 'Beyond the Sword'. Although I find this version interesting, it just is not up to the playable standards of previous versions. I dearly wish I had not given away my copy of Civ 3 because that version is superior to Civ 4. Aside from the strange feeling of being removed a step from the actual game play which was not a factor in previous versions, Civ 4 has 3 major faults: 1. The 3D map effects add nothing to game play and often gets in the way. This graphic upgrades were unnecessary. 2. The lack of a printed manual is a significant handicap for a game that relies on accessible information. Sorry, the CivEncyclopedia just isn't good enough. 3. The need to have the disk inserted to play is a major drawback. Backup disks do not work. This is especially a handicap for laptop users. Overall, because I like the game's traditional idea of developing a civilization, I have rated this version as '3 stars', but for older fans of the genre consider this a '2 star' game' and keep your older version if your computer can support it.

UPDATE: I recently updated my copy of Civ IV to the Civ IV Complete Edition. This is a great improvement to the original. No longer is it necessary to carry around a disk to insert in your optical drive and the software updates have added needed revisions to game play. Civ IV Complete is a worthy successor to Civ III which can no longer be played on legacy Macs. I wish I can say the same about Civ V, which I also own, and currently rests unplayed gathering digital dust because I made the mistake of buying it via Steam. I still wish for a printed manual but at least a PDF manual is now available.
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I didn't do my research, and I didn't realize that you needed the DVD in the drive each time you play the game. What a load of crayola, I should have bought the downloaded version. The game itself is wicked fun, the best of the series (better than Civ 5 too).
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After playing Rise of Nations years back I wanted to buy a similar strategy game. I like 2K, so I assumed this would be the one, but after putting a few hours into the tutorial and two hours into the single play, I just couldn't get the game play. After forcing myself to spend a few more hours, the game play is fun and almost similar to Rise of Nations. There are four ways to win, territorial, conquer, time based and another I cant recall. The tutorial is short and not enough to understand each aspect of the game. Do as I did, go through the tutorial once, play one game on a beginner level and then return back to the tutorial to understand it. I have a MAC and games are limited, so as with many games, you have to put some time into it to appreciate it. I'm guilty of judging this game too quickly, but I dont have a lot of time to spend on one particular game. Overall, if you have a MAC and enjoy strategy game, this one will consume your life. The 3D graphics are nice.
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It won't work on my newer Mac, which has OS X Yosemite 10.10.4, despite what the packaging tells you. I'm extremely disappointed. I haven't been able to get Civ V to work with Steam either, so it just seems I have to give up on what was once my favorite game. Civilization--the game--has fallen.
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I tried installing this software and, although it seemed to install clean, it wouldn't even try to initialize before erroring out due to not being compatible with the latest version of OS X, which the package says it should be compatible with. When I contacted the producer, they sent me info on how to download an app that then downloaded the entire software package again. When I disconnected from the internet after a more than 11 hour download sequence, I could not run the game. In fact, it would not run without starting the additional app first and that app requires an internet connection. Add to this the fact I registered the product four times so far, and still have not been able to play it without it asking for another registration, and the one time I got into the game, it hung on exit, requiring a forced quit. The only game I thought worthy of porting to my MAC, and the the producer (Aspyr) makes me not want anything the produce.
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