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146 of 160 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A welcome expansion, but buyer beware: contans Securom 7x, September 29, 2008
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization (Video Game)
I've been playing Civilization games for the last decade, and they never disappoint. Even the slightly lackluster Beyond the Sword has its selling points, and I eventually became fond of it. Colonization is no exception. It is a more regional, less 'world wide' game than the Warlords Expansion Pack (I spent WAY to much time for a few months making custom maps!), with an emphasis on cooperation early on, and then war making later. Staying diplomatic is not a very viable strategy late in the game.

Some may like the logical progression towards a war of independence, but it left me wondering why they didn't make it at least a worthy consideration to remain aligned with your home country. What makes Civ games so great is the ability to play out historical scenarios with new rules (What if Rome had never fallen, what Germany had won WWII, etc...) and it could have been really interesting to see how a colony still in substantive relationship with its founding nation fared vs. independent colonies.

The graphics have been improved, but they're nothing special. Most of the changes from CIV IV graphics are related to unit animations, something that I don't find adds to the game that much. Much more welcome are support for higher resolution monitors, so that the action can play out on my entire 24" monitor (connected to the DVI out of my HP laptop) at full resolution.

A word for those who care about DRM: this game installs Securom 7x on your computer, and while it doesn't have an installation limit like Spore or Crysis Warhead, it does install programs that have ring 0 level access (above administrator) to your computer, and installs files on your hard drive that are very hard to remove. Some users have reported these programs causing problems with their DVD/CD drives, virus scanners, or other software. I was willing to play this game because ir runs on my older laptop which I don't as jealously guard from any form of DRM programs like my game rig and which I store no personal data on. (It's only for loaning out for a LAN party). Also, my laptop already had securom on it from Mass Effect :(

If you love other Civ games, and don't care about the DRM, go ahead and buy the game. It won't disappoint. If having a ring 0 *root-kit like* program installed on your computer is a deal breaker, buy a different game. If I didn't have an older lap top to play the game on, I might have steered clear of it because of the DRM issue.
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Initial post: Oct 20, 2008 7:01:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2008 7:03:58 PM PDT
G. Loera says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2008 6:28:18 AM PDT
Aj Viljoen says:
We all make mistakes.
Nathan: thanks for the Securom warning - I guess this Christmas it will be only Fallout 3 for me.

Posted on Jan 4, 2009 6:54:12 PM PST
Thanks for mention of secure-rom (which sucks); but I appreciate you reviewed the game also instead of just its copy protection -- recent game reviews on amazon have become less useful since too many people review just the DRM (instead of talking about the DRM as part of a larger review).

Thanks for doing it right!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2009 8:07:02 PM PST

You would likely hate my Crysis Warhead review then. Sometimes things warrant no actual game review. For me that line is drawn when the problems with the DRM prevent it from even being playable. In this case, although the Securom DRM scheme is in place, it is much less limiting than others (no install limit, no phone-home every time the game is loaded). Glad that you did enjoy the review, but I did want to explain why I will review this game and not be willing to play Crysis Warhead or other EA games.
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