About the Product
- Bring new leaders into pre-existing Civilizations to help them advance
- Strive for world domination in this expansion pack to the award-winning game
- Play as legends like Alexander The Great and Genghis Khan
- 6 new civilizations and associated unique units; 3 new wonders
- 6 unique and interesting scenarios; 10 new leaders; 2 new leader traits
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- Warlords: a new great person type called the Warlord.
- Vassal states: conquer an enemy and subjugate them to your rule.
- Game scenarios: the expansion delivers eight scenarios.
- New civilizations: the pack provides six new civilizations and associated unique units.
- Civilization leaders: 10 new leaders, including leaders for the new civilizations as well as additional leaders for existing civilizations.
- Leader traits: two new leader traits.
- New wonders: three new wonders.
- Unique buildings: each civilization has a new unique building as well as their unique unit.
- New units, resources, and improvements: many new items are presented throughout the scenarios.
- Core game tweaks and additions: expanded features and gameplay tweaks made to the core game.
- Post-release patches and game upgrades: the pack contains all of the patches and game additions (pit boss, etc.) yet released for Sid Meier's Civilization IV.
Top Customer Reviews
Where the expansion really shines is on the creative side. The designers truly went out of their way here. THings like the chance to play the barbarians -- a faciniating idea that gives interesting perspective -- or highly creative scinarios such as one being the mongols in the conquest of asia where you have no cities and develop techs through conquest -- an excellent strategic metaphor for nomadic expansion.
Overall, those who did not like civ 4 should not bother. But for those who found them perpetually moving their cursor for "another chance" this game proves well worthwhile.
So there's a handful of new rulers and Civs - but unless you kept finding yourself saying, "Gee, I wish I could play as the Ottomans," during the initial release, there's not really any point in buying it. There's also the Scenarios. If you played Conquests(Civ3), you know that Scenarios just don't work too well for Civ. The same goes for this new batch. All in all, Civ 4 is a lot of fun to play but pass this expansion unless you've got money to burn.
Also worth noting is that they changed the attributes of some leaders from the initial release. Napoleon for example, now has completely different civ traits, and no character has the combination of traits he originally possessed. So if you want to play as someone with that combo you'll have to fire up the original.
In my previous review of Civilization IV I mentioned that there was a problem with the AI not being aggressive and that certainly does not change here. The problem is that war is primarily driven based on the characteristics of each individual leader (Montezuma is still the best- I think he is a manic schizophrenic with bi-polar disorder), while this is a unique challenge to face off against people who have individual strengths and weaknesses it is not very authentic towards the real human civilization, which goes to war over some of the stupidest reasons. (If you don't believe me turn on the news sometime.)
Personally I think it would be fascinating to have the Civilizations go through different phases, expansionist, reactionary, pacifist etc and have their military policy follow accordingly. Rather than have the same thing over through out the span of history.
The prospects of winning by conquest of domination is extremely difficult, because the larger your empire gets the more it tends to bog you down and your production and science suffer. Usually during any given military campaign you can pick off a city or two and be all right, but long term conquest is out of the question. During a campaign in which my mighty Russians were devouring the Greeks and Spanish, I rarely could afford to keep my science production above 60%. As such after awhile I no longer had technology I could trade with the other CIVs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
People say this expansion is useless because Beyond the Sword includes the same content and more. However, having played every game in the Civilization line (Civilization 1 through... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vladimir Kornea
Civ 4 is one of the greatest games ever. I've played Civ 4 more than any other game ever. The game was great without the expansions, which only made it even better.Published on November 10, 2013 by John Y.
Love this expansion set. Lots of fun. I got it from KnightDiscounts and they sent it FAST. Ordered on Friday, had it on Monday.Published on May 9, 2013 by Vague.Logic
At the time I bought this, "Beyond the Sword" did not exist. As such, this review is rather useless unless you intend to collect every single Civilization IV product. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by Michael Brenyo
Civilization IV: Warlords basically adds a few new civilizations, a few new leaders, and a few new scenarios. Read morePublished on January 3, 2011 by Christopher C. Smith
Have had this for a while and it is way better than the CIV 3 that I first started playing. Provides a good way to keep your mind sharp while killing time.Published on June 25, 2010 by Justin C. Muhl
The graphics and audio are distracting. Very different from Civ III. Personally, I prefer and still play Civ III.Published on January 2, 2009 by Mary L. Epstein
I have been playing this a few times since I picked it and Beyond the Sword up. I installed both on my vanilla civ4 install and haven't yet tried corporations or some of the very... Read morePublished on April 7, 2008 by M. Huber
While CIV IV is an excellent game the expansions are not so great. Sure the added content is always nice and the new game play really makes for an interesting and fresh take. Read morePublished on January 12, 2008 by Lou