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"the complete Civ IV"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Strictly speaking, if they had just packed Beyond the Sword with the engine, it would've been quite enough, thanks. I understand there is _some_ content from the Warlords expansion that didn't make it into ‘BtS’ and maybe I will look into that some day – maybe.

The appearance is familiar. The mechanisms are familiar. There are a few additions, like an espionage-as-civ production to chose from alongside money, research, culture. There are new buildings and so on. But the really exciting thing are the mods, and there are lots of them at www.civfanatics.com. Some are even included on the CD, like Final Frontier. But there are others, like MOO2Civ and Fall From Heaven 2 that completely change the appearance and feel of the Civ engine. Highly recommended.

I'd like to point out that I had some issues. I had to download the latest patches for BtS manually and install them, the autopatcher failed to do anything. I also had to download the DirectX August2008 patch from Microsoft, or the game would crash trying to start a game in some of the mods. But now it's fine and I am too busy playing to write much more here …

7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
"The comprehensive Civ IV!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

The other review said it all, so I won't bother with the details.

Like he mentioned, there is some trouble patching because of the way it installs the expansions (different than if you bought them separately, they're all in one folder), and the auto-patcher is completely useless. Also some people have reported trouble getting the latest BtS patch to work with the Complete version at all, but the version found here is meant to work around this issue – http://www.bigdownload.com/…rd-317-patch

I updated it using the above and everything worked fine, so if you have any issues getting it up to date give it a try. Besides that no complaints, it's Civ so you probably know what you're in for by now, and if you don't… well, prepare to lose hours upon hours playing without even realising it. :)

6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.
"Wow what a Game"
3 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Fantastic Game, Having really honestly played the first civilization, and enjoying that so much…This one takes the cake, it's difficult to master for a novice like me but really addictive, defiantly 2 thumbs up

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Awesome"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Installed fine, works great under Win7. The game with all expansions – great value.

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Great game, but multiplayer was not to be."
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

I ahve long held Civ 3 – Conquests to be the ultimate Civilization title, and only bought this once it was on a storming deal. I now wish I had acquired it much earlier, though as the first reviewer said, you will only really be wanting to play Beyond the Sword content. The cultural dynamic from 3 is carried over, though diminished by my observation. You are at least able to see a percentage value on tiles as to their cultural influence, and normal tiles will flip to you at >50%. Cities however I found hardly ever flipped. They begin to have a chance to revolt over 50% of your influence, but success is not guaranteed, and I had the influence of one city at 80% and still no success, well after I had won the game (ironically by cultural victory).

The introduction of the Religion dynamic, along with corporations in modern times, adds yet another level to the complexity. Ignore at your peril, as both, though especially the former, can vastly improve your empire's success.

Another excellent addition is that of the Espionage points system, though I found actually performing missions using spies to be nigh useless unless you really dedicated yourself to it, at the expense of culture and science funding. But the passive abilities of seeing opponent research and city stats can be an invaluable tool, with only moderate outlay.

Perhaps my biggest disappointment is the trouble I encountered with the multiplayer engine. Trying to play both LAN and Direct IP games with my wife, we continually encountered Out Of Sync errors, even after turning off random encounters, reducing world size, and clearing the game cache as advised by forum posts. The only remedy was for one player to exit to menu and rejoin, which disrupts play somewhat when needing to do so every single turn, as is often the case. Hot Seat play is still available, thankfully, but with the obvious drawbacks.

Overall however, it is a triumph for the Civ franchise, and one wonders how they could possibly improve it in the upcoming Civ 5. Unless multiplayer is problem free, I will certainly likely repeat my buying pattern of remaining happy with Civ 4 – BTS until Civ 5 and its inevitable addons are available in a similar package to this.

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Great turn based strategy game"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

For those of you like me who keep clear of strategy games because you can't keep up with everything happening at once this turn based game is really good. You can go at your own pace and being in turns helps you keep up with everything that is going on.

0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Description

Civilization IV: Complete contains Civilization IV, Civilization IV: Warlords Expansion pack and Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword Expansion pack.

Civilization IV


With over 6 million units sold and unprecedented critical acclaim from fans and press around the world, Sid Meier's Civilization is recognized as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all-time. Now, Sid Meier and Firaxis Games will take this incredibly fun and addictive game to new heights by adding new ways to play and win, new tools to manage and expand your civilization, all-new easy to use mod capabilities and intense multiplayer modes and options. Civilization IV will come to life like never before in a beautifully detailed, living 3D world that will elevate the gameplay experience to a whole new level. Civilization IV has already been heralded as one of the top ten games of 2005, and a must-have for gamers around the globe!

Features:
  • Faster-Paced Fun - Gameplay has been streamlined for a tighter, faster, and more compelling experience.
  • Greater Accessibility and Ease of Play - An easy-to-use interface will be immediately familiar to RTS and action game players, and newcomers to the series will be able to jump in and play.
  • Tech Tree - Flexible Tech tree allows players more strategic choices for developing their civilizations along unique paths.
  • More Civs, Units, and Improvements to enhance and grow your empire.
  • Multiplayer -LAN, Internet, PBEM, and Persistent Turn-Based Server (PTBS) offer players all-new strategies and ways to play when competing or cooperating with live opponents.
  •  Team Play - Whether playing multiplayer or single player, team play offers a new way of setting locked alliances that result in shared wonder effects, visibility, unit trading, and shared territory that delivers a plethora of new strategic and tactical options.
  • Civ IV comes to life! - Beautiful 3D world with dozens of fully animated units (including culturally unique units), and totally customizable armies. Cities and wonders will appear on the map. Wonder movies are back!
Civilization IV: Warlords Expansion pack
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords is the first expansion pack for the award-winning game that has become an instant world-wide hit. Paying homage to some of history’s greatest military leaders, the expansion will deliver six unique and interesting scenarios, giving players the chance to change the course of history with the help of their new powerful "warlord" unit. Civ IV: Warlords will include new civilizations, leaders, units, and wonders that will offer even more fun and exciting ways for players to expand their civilization’s military power as they strive for world domination.

Features:
  • Warlords: A new great person type called the Warlord.
  • Vassal States: Conquer an enemy and subjugate them to your rule.
  • Game Scenarios: The expansion will deliver six scenarios.
  • New Civilizations: The pack will provide 6 new civilizations and associated unique units.
  • Civilization Leaders: Ten new leaders will be provided. The list will include leaders for the new civilizations as well as additional leaders for existing civilizations.
  • Leader Traits: Two new leader traits.
  • New Wonders: There will be three new wonders.
  • Unique Buildings: Each civilization will have a new unique building as well as their unique unit.
  • New Units, Resources, and Improvements: Many new items will be presented throughout the scenarios.
  • Core Game Tweaks and Additions: Expanded features and gameplay tweaks will be made to the core game.
  • Post-Release Patches and Game Upgrades: The pack will contain all of the patches and game additions (pit boss, etc.) yet released for Sid Meier's Civilization IV.
Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword Expansion pack
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword is the second expansion pack for Civilization IV - the 2005 PC Game of the Year and a major commercial success, selling over 1.5 million units worldwide since its October 2005 release. The expansion will focus on the late-game time periods after the invention of gunpowder and will deliver 12 challenging and decidedly different scenarios created by the development team at Firaxis Games, as well as members of the Civilization Fan Community. Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword will also include ten new civilizations, 16 new leaders, five new wonders, and a variety of new units that will offer even more fun and exciting ways for players to expand their civilization’s power as they strive for world domination.

Features:
  • Expanded Epic Game: Firaxis Games delivers a massive increase in new units, buildings, and technologies to the epic game with additional focus on the late-game time periods.
  • New Game Scenarios: The expansion will deliver 12 new scenarios, many containing themes never before included in the Civilization series, custom designed by the team at Firaxis and select members of the Civ Fan Community.
  • New Civilizations: The expansion pack includes ten new civilizations, such as Portugal, Babylon and Netherlands and their associated unique units and buildings.
  • More Civilization Leaders: Sixteen new leaders including leaders for the ten new civilizations, as well as additional leaders for existing civilizations.
  • Corporations: A new gameplay feature that allows players to create corporations and spread them throughout the world. Each corporation provides benefits in exchange for certain resources.
  • Espionage: Now available much earlier in the game, this expanded feature offers players many new ways to spy on opponents, stir citizen unrest and defend their government’s secrets.
  • Events: New random events such as natural disasters, pleas for help, or demands from their citizens will challenge players to overcome obstacles in order for their civilizations to prosper.
  • New Wonders: Five new wonders await discovery including the Statue of Zeus, Cristo Redentor, Shwedagon Paya, the Mausoleum of Maussollos, and the Moai Statues.
  • Expanded Space Victory: Winning the race to Alpha Centauri will now require more strategic planning and tactical decision making.
  • Apostolic Palace: The United Nations will become available earlier in the game, providing a way for players to win a diplomatic victory earlier. New resolutions will also be added which will expand the available diplomatic options.
  • Advanced Starts: A major fan request, this new feature will enable players to “buy” components of a custom-tailored empire and begin play in the later part of the game, allowing them to experience many of the new features of the expansion pack in a shorter amount of time.
  • Enhanced AI: The AI has received many enhancements, making it tougher to beat on the higher difficulty levels. The ways in which the AI will attempt to achieve victory have also been expanded.

System Requirements:

MINIMUM
Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 1.2GHz Processor
256MB RAM
1.7GB Hard Disk Space
DirectX 9.0c
64MB GeForce 2/Radeon 7500 Video Card
DirectX 7 Compatible Sound Card
CD-ROM Drive

RECOMMENDED
Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 1.8GHz Processor
512MB RAM
1.7GB Hard Disk Space
DirectX 9.0c
128MB DirectX 8 Compatible Video Card
DirectX 7 Compatible Sound Card
CD-ROM Drive
Release date NZ
October 18th, 2007
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PC DVD-ROM
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5026555053013
All-time sales rank
Top 200
Product ID
1546465

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