Sid Meiers Civilization IV: The Complete Edition [Download]
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When I got Civilization 3, I loved it. It was brilliant for a TBG. The graphics were (for my computer) very fluid and animate. The city graphics were very nice on the map and in detail mode. Diplomacy, war, and construction were all easy to handle (but I usually ended up losing wars or making many very costly amounts of units).
Civilization 3 was great. And Civ 4 was even better.
Now, it does require a decent GFX card. The first time I tried to play it on some archaic piece of dreck of a card (came with the machine), I couldn't see the map - it was black. But when I upgraded to a GeForce 2 card (a relatively old but reliable card), it all came to life. Unlike Civ 3, the map looked very, very realistic. Hills weren't just large bumps in the ground; mountain ranges looked more nautral. Furthermore, you can see where your workers are working ON THE GAME MAP! They're represented by little huts on the map. That's a good improvement over any of the previous versions.
Also, you can build MORE than just farms and mines now. You can build at least three different types of building on any one square of terrain (except a few like desert and ice), and sometimes five or six, including towns (+ gold), windmills (+ food), and foundries (+shields, - food). It's much more complex than before. And that's just the economy.
You can also build more units than before. And it's no longer just simply the rock/paper/scissors method of countering units anymore. Units LEARN what to fight and how to fight it!Read more ›
I've installed and played the game happily on Win7; but since it's installed in compatibility mode (and hence in a different directory from what the patch expects), I cannot apply patches. To patch, I'll have to uninstall the game, delete some registry entries that my failed patching process has made, and install in a very particular way. There are numerous posts online about overcoming this problem, and it's by no means insurmountable, but all solutions I've seen involve this uninstall/reinstall process, so I thought I'd get the word out to folks who haven't yet installed so they can be mindful of their installation location the first time around.
Again, the game is great, and I'm very happy to have bought it; it's also quite playable in Win7 with compatibility mode. The patching is a headache, though.
Remember that the type of files you need to click on to load the game(s) are called Applications. You can right click them to Pin them to Start Menu and also to Create a Shortcut on your Desktop.
Hope this helps!
I'd like to point out a few things based upon other reviews:
1. You can easily circumvent the time limit on games. I personally ate that "feature" myself. If you are playing a single player game, click on single player and at the next screen click on custom game. You can select victory conditions from that screen. Don't care about a space race? Uncheck it. Couldn't care less about cultural victories? Uncheck that as well? From that screen you can tailor a game to whatever you want to play. Hate islands? Easy enough to choose a huge landmass so your chariots can sweep aside the other cultures. Want to island-hop your way to victory? You can do that as well.
2. Its a game. Relax. Enjoy it. Is it perfect? Maybe not, but it is fun for those of us who enjoy this type of challenge. Don't think free market should be followed by Environmentalism? That's ok, but a free market, by definition has not limits placed upon industry. Think of all the industrial pollution in the world. The environmental movement has changed that in some places and has allowed industry to continue with some restrictions because people wanted clean water and cleaner air. I'w not going ot get into debate here, but there is logic to the choices presented in the game if you understand what the developers were getting at.
I like Civ4 just as I have enjoyed every version since Civ1 that I played years and years ago. Its one of the few games I return to after months of not playing, which is rare in any game these days.
But that is just my opinion. I just wanted to clear up a point or two.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic and still fun to play. The nice thing with the Amazon purchase is that as I upgrade/replace computers I can reload from Amazon without searching for disks.Published 4 hours ago by Gregg Johnston
No unique key needed, all the expansions are there, just harder game than I remembered from my college days.Published 1 day ago by Customer
Installation is the pits!! I still haven't managed to get it to load - and I'm a computer tech!!Published 5 days ago by Rhiannon_Morgaine
I have been a fan of this game for years, and needed a digital version for my Windows 10 update. Has a lot of new graphics from my original disc version.Published 8 days ago by Tim Carroll
Never again. Your customer service is TERRIBLE for this type of game.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
READ THE REVIEW REGARDING LAUNCHING THE GAMES. This download only automatically launches Colonization, you have to go into the Firaxis folder to launch the other games. Read morePublished 13 days ago by robert merold
I bought this since my CD version did not run on Windows 10. This is not the Steam version, but the stand-alone version. It runs great on Windows 10 - glad I found this!Published 13 days ago by Danny
Civilization is an addictive game. I must warn that you may fall behind on your duties if you decide to purchase this game.Published 17 days ago by Alex Chen
If you can get past the dated graphics, then you can really appreciate this game for what it is: a timeless classic.Published 21 days ago by Mauricio Martinez