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Patrician IV - PC

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP
Rated: Everyone
21 customer reviews
Metascore: 66 / 100

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  • 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 routs, 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
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Based on the franchise that has sold more than two million copies and won the hearts of gamers worldwide, Patrician IV will challenge players to rise up the merchant ranks to become the leader of a burgeoning shipping empire during the late Middle Age in Northern Europe - a time where success in trade could be as rewarding and influential as the power bestowed by noble birth, religious position or political clout. Patrician IV's authentic supply and demand-based trading system allows players to grow their business and head out to the high seas to form trading routes with other Hanseatic cities negotiating better prices for the buying and selling of goods. Sea battles keep the pace action-backed, as players combat pirates and enemy players.

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  • ASIN: B003VJNW5W
  • Item Weight: 8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,667 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By D Von on January 29, 2011
I have to agree with other reviewers here whole heartedly in regard to the game-play and the pain of the Copy Protection (DRM) implementation. However, I give the game 3.5 stars for the game itself as I thought it was interesting and challenging. A change of pace from many of the FPS games I usually enjoy.

That said, I am not as kind as one of the other reviewers who gave it 4 stars despite serious issues getting the game to run. I am seeing more and more poorly implemented copy protection schemes on games and until we as consumers start marking these games down based on that fact, developers will not change. I am technically very savvy, and it took me a over a week of back and forth to get this game going. To make things worse, ultimately the answer came from the forum not support. This is totally unacceptable and therefore my 1 star rating.

As I said this is a good game, but no product is good if you can't reasonably use it when you rightfully purchased it. I recommend against this purchase, or you could also give it a try online via OnLive.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William Alexander on February 6, 2011
First off, I have enjoyed the games put out by Kalypso. They are for those gamers who like to think and who don't especially enjoy first person shooters. And, as usual, on installation, the Kalypso online upgrade and de-bug system is first rate and their graphics very attractive. That said, I was very disappointed in this game.

The very sparse instruction manual is of limited assitance in starting play, and the in-game tutorials provided by your rich, creepy uncle are little better. It took me forever to figure out how to execute the most basic trade. To further complicate matters, I found the interfaces slow to open and even a little "buggy." These are problems that could have been easily solved with a little more investment in the instruction manual or online tutorial, not to mention overall game design. This makes what should be an accessible and fun game both annoying and frustrating, and I could easily see where a player would give up before wanting to explore an entire scenario.

I think "Patrician" has real, real promise, and I am hoping the expansions will correct these problems. But if you have to go online and look for YOUTUBE videos on how to play, something has gone seriously amiss.

No recommendation until these basic issues are fixed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Slider on April 29, 2012
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I've played Patrician II and III. I loved Port Royale 1 and 2. I didn't find Patrician IV nearly as enjoyable and far below previous titles in value, I've never even been able to stand finishing Patrician IV unlike all the others mentioned. First off it required being online (ET phone home copy protection). Second many of the basic features in Patrician III are not available in IV without an "expansion" you can only get for the steam version (Yup just wasting money here). Land battles and sea battles are just broke (more so than Previous Patrician). Ship AI is below dismal (even in manual) in battle and speed is now too fast on modern machines. There is just less depth to the game, all it has to offer is the better graphics.

The graphics are awesome, and that is about it. The rest is a downgrade. Whoever put this one together (software developer) just doesn't get what I want for sure. Too bad Ascaron is out of business. Klypso has made me very wary of what they are offering, what they put out (value), and how they view their customer base. This is the second Klypso title (Tropico 4) I thought from "game play and depth" was just inferior and they manage to downgrade another sucessful game series and formula. I don't have high hopes for their Port Royole 3 title now.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Magron on January 21, 2011
The game itself is quite interesting. A wonderful change of pace from blowing things up and the graphics are attractive. The copy protection is another story. If your PC is one of the 'unlucky ones' as the Europeans like to phrase it you might go through a very bad experience getting the game to successfully load, patch up and run. It's not your PC of course, it's their uncompromising and poorly written copy protection. The makers and their website are absolutely no help in this regard, but the fan community on the forums can be quite helpful. I myself had done on-site PC support at a Fortune 500 for a living and needed their help.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bmills on September 23, 2013
The previous games in the series had inadequate manuals and were baffling to figure out, so I knew that would be a problem before buying P4. What I did not expect are awful design decisions, such as the fact that before you start any building project, you must sell the required raw materials in the general town market. Even if you own the materials, you must sell them, then buy them back at a loss as part of the architect's price for the job. And the instant you sell them, your AI rivals in the town will snap some of them up, leaving not enough for your own job. It is common to have to sell, at a loss remember, up to twice as much as your own job requires just so there's enough left over to actually start your own job. I did not expect that naval combat NEVER ENDS until one side or the other wins. Yes, even if your ships are fast enough to outrun pirates, you can not exit the encounter without either trying to fight, or simply surrendering and hope that they don't seize too much of your cargo. I did not expect that the new buy/sell interface is clumsy and it's difficult to set it to a specific number. And I did not expect outright nasty glitches. The worst one is that the game claims you do not need internet access to play, but if you have not created an account at the game's website, your mouse cursor will freeze on the game's initial menu screen so that you can't click on anything, or even exit the game. I only wrestled with P4 for a few days before setting it aside in disgust. I got it on sale for $10 and still feel ripped off.
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