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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I got this, July 20, 2011
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So I was playing Age of Empires with my wife who has been extra open minded and trying things I like recently, and while she had fun, she said that she mainly enjoyed the part of the game where you build things, but not the war aspect. After searching for the best option on the internet, it seemed like the Civilization series would allow us both to play to our strengths while working together/coexisting.

I chose Civ 4 over Civ 5 after reading how Civ 5 is a more streamlined and has a greater focus on combat, but Civ 4 has superior gameplay as far as diplomacy and cultural development go. I liked how it was possible to win with just a few very culturally advanced and peaceful cities as opposed to continuous warmongering. When I bought Civ 4 (2 days ago) it cost $16, and now it's up to $24 while the price of Civ 5 seems to be dropping over time (from $40ish to $30 now). Keeping in mind that Civ 4 comes with expansions and has a plethora of modifications available from a very dedicated community, it seems to be a superior bargain.

With that in mind, I was excited to play, and I wanted to play that very day. It was awesome to find it available for download here on Amazon, but several of the negative reviews made it seem like it was super risky; apparently they only received portions of the game and its expansions, but not all? In my opinion, the complaints are strange because when you download a file, the download window indicates how large the file is. If the file downloaded was NOT 3.07 GB, then that's definitely the seller's fault for distributing an incomplete product...if the unhappy buyers' computers did download all 3.07 GB, then this product probably received some unfair reviews. For me, using Windows XP and cheap-ish comcast internet in Connecticut, the download worked perfectly and took roughly 2 hours total to download Civ 4 and its expansions.

If any future buyers are interested, there is a modification available to the game that leaves gameplay unchanged, but replaces the maps with beautiful maps from the NASA Blue Marble Imagery project, gives each civilization's units unique appearances, and some other adjustments that seem worthwhile for an EXTRA satisfying experience.

Here's a link to the download:
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Overall in the first two days I've played Civ 4 for roughly 10 hours. It's quite difficult to win which is a plus for me, and the AI is impressive. Civ 4 is VERY slow paced; if you're used to Age of Empires and Starcraft, Civ 4 has a completely different flavor. This game will probably have good replay value; there are a hefty variety of strategies, maps, civilizations, units, etc. Although each game takes 3-5 hours, it is turn based and easy to stop and continue later if something comes up.

Summary: the download worked perfectly, it's addictively fun (for certain personality types), there are lots of free mods that will make it extra fun...this purchase was an excellent value for the $
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Initial post: Sep 4, 2011 5:28:59 PM PDT
Thanks for the "heads up" on the Blue Marble maps, they are beautiful!
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