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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun game but crashes, June 6, 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Gold Edition - PC (Video Game)
I have Civ 4 and some expansions running under Win XP and I seldom finish games becase they crash leaving a 16 color lo res screen.

The game is still fun and I find it addictive but I don't see many improvments over past versions. The graphics are different. I do like the increase in wonders and other special projects. I find religon a marginal improvment and is often a distraction.

Many of the past short comming have not be addressed such as the early part of the game goes too fast. I often have new units obslete by the time they are built and put into the field. I also find that the game is too easy or too hard. Either I dominate the game or I get killed. Other countries will only go to war when they become a real threat.

I find the interfaces rather confusing and not as clears as past verisons of the game.

I do like the fact that they got rid of pollution which was a way to really make the end of the game drag and get overly tedious.

We have had four versions and it is essentially the same game. The combat system is basically the same where units fight units and in history most battles were armies vs armies. I would suggest looking to Empires in Arms as for some ideas for a new combat sytem.

I find resouces a bit simple, a single oil space can supply the whole empire. I often have single horse units wanter for thousands of years with no resupply or new people.

I would higly recomend reading from Sumer to Rome a book on ancient warfare before the next version is realeased. Any future additions will have to have simpler graphics and some actual revamping of the game rules. Combat and logistics could most use an update.
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