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Sid Meiers Civilization IV: The Complete Edition [Download]

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Windows Vista / XP / 2000
Everyone 10+
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews) 16 answered questions

Price: $29.99
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  • Downloading: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States and who have a U.S. billing address.
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  • ASIN: B00475AYUA
  • Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,613 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Manufacturer's Notice

This game includes two products:
Civilization IV Complete (which includes Beyond the Sword and Warlords expansions)
Civilization IV Colonization
* Please Note: Beyond the Sword and Warlords expansions are not provided as separate installers but included with the base Civilization IV Complete game installer.
  • Supported Operating Systems
  • Windows 2000
  • Service Pack 1 or higher WITH Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
  • Windows XP
  • Home or Professional w/ Service Pack 1 or higher
  • Windows Vista

Multiplayer - No longer available

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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Browse your Program Files folder! October 3, 2011
By Heather
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I too had issues with the game's installation. It seemed to have only downloaded the Colonization expansion, or so I thought. I called Amazon and was asked if I had looked through my Program Files folder yet (I hadn't). When I looked I found a folder called 2k Games, clicked it, then Firaxis Games, clicked it, then saw both Sid Meier's Civilization 4 Complete and Sid Meier's Civilization IV Colonization. I clicked the first one listed (Sid Meier's Civilization 4 Complete) and there you have it! All of the other 3 games included in the pack!
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.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game January 6, 2011
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I think this was a great purchase. First off is the awesome Amazon Games Downloader. Using this tool did take four hours to download, but you can download it to as many computers as you want! I have Civ IV complete on my desktop and laptop and have so far had no hassle playing on either system.

Now, to talk about the seperate expansions.

Civ IV: This is the original game, the basic one. In this game you can control a civilization from the dawn of man (stone age) all the way to... well... however long it takes to win! This game features only gameplay on the planet Earth. If you win or lose by any victory, it gives you the option to continue playing until you give up, or your entire civ was destroyed. This is the basis for the expansions.

Civ IV colonization: Drastic reproduction of the game. The earlier Civs were focused on warfare, Colonization is focused on growth. You control either the Spanish, Dutch, or English colonies as they trade goods and prosper. It is a race to see who can break away from the motherland first. Among other features in this game, you can take any citizen out of a city and go found a new one. You can store, load, or manufacture goods and have them shipped wherever you like. You can trade with the motherland for immigrants, goods, or items of warfare.

Civ IV Beyond the Sword: This game is much like the original in many ways of gameplay. Many new concepts are introduced. New mods, new techs, new civics, even random things can happen to you or your city. Ex: "Sire, a wildfire has destroyed many trees around your capitol (Coruscant.) How would you like to continue? 1: Good, I was planning to cut it down anyway (do nothing.) 2: Oh no, that is terrible (fund reforestation efforts. 134 gold) 3: A fire? Who is responsible!?
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant game, great bundle. December 6, 2010
By Nocho
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I was first introduced to Sid Meier's line of strategy games with his Alpha Centauri game, which takes place right where this game leaves off: expedition to space, and colonizing an alien planet. So I found this Earth-based prelude to be quite interesting, and very familiar to use. I kind of question the way they use religion in the game, with only broad categories (the big 5: Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam) where you get bonuses with other like-minded cultures. It kind of ignores the reality that even within those 5 great religions, there were many sects that often did not find peace with each other (take Sunni and Shia Islam for example). But I guess it would have taken too much time to account for all the sects and what not... maybe that's why the role of religion was really scaled back in Civ 5, to just not have to deal with it?

There are many other good reviews of this game on the non-digital download page, so I'll just mention a couple things regarding this digital download... first of all, I must have lucked out, because I snagged this digital download of The Complete Edition just a couple days ago for only $12.99 -- a real steal, even if the game is a few years old now, with Civ 5 out and all. (The price has since jumped back up to $39.99 as I write this review, so not quite as good of deal with it costing roughly the same as Civ 5, although you do get all the expansions.) One issue I had with the installation, was that it never made a program group or icons on the desktop for the games, but that was no big deal, you just have to create shortcuts to:

C:\Program Files (x86)\2K Games\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 4 Complete\Civilization4.exe

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could give it 6 I would December 3, 2010
This is the BESTEDEST game ever!!! I clocked over 300 hours playing Civ IV and it is really a jewel of stratagy gaming. Great for multiplier (unlike Civ V). There is no additional copies required for home LAN game as one key seems to activate the game unlimited amount of times (Thank you 2K!). Super balanced and quickly gets you addicted. You may have to join One More Turn Support Group to deal with your addiction, but its worth it. The Collection comes with all of the expansions which I really recommend since they fix some of the unbalances of the original game.

Colonizations is a sad sad game... So think of it as a free something. It is more of a mode then a stand alone game, is poorly tested and has really big issues with balance and routing.
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