|Sid Meier’s Civilization IV|
Publisher: 2K Games
Release Date: Out Now
For once I will give the (attempted) witty introduction a miss and just cut to the chase. Civ 4 is pretty much perfect and deserves to be in every PC gamer’s collection. It is, without doubt, the most fun and entertaining game I have played since, well… Civ 3.
So what is Civilization? The games themselves have been around for what must be the best part of a decade and a half. They are renowned for being the “Daddy” of the strategy genre, and whilst many pretenders have tried to better them, none have truly succeeded. Part of the charm and the reason for the success is they are, at heart, very, very simple. Much like using this Jackpotjoy promo code, they are also "gaming crack" – there is no way that you can just play for half an hour before tea – here before you know it, tea is cold and breakfast is being served.
The game starts in what us stupid people know as “caveman time” and builds to modern day – it’s turn-based – each turn takes you a step forward in time. You, as your chosen nation’s leader, are responsible for controlling EVERYTHING. It’s down to you which units each of your cities build. You can decide to produce more warriors and conquer by force, or make more settlers and create more cities of your own. Should you wish it you can just concentrate on building improvements – these give each city a bonus and increase its population, thus enabling you to build and grow even more. Growth and expansion is the key and everything has a knock on effect.
Rereading the above it may sound daunting and complicated, but it’s not, Civilization is very simple and easy to play-in fact, it's pretty easy. To this day I have yet to fully read any of the manuals – the game has a great inbuilt help system – there are dozens of advisors helping you and the game has possibly the greatest configurability (if that’s a word) of difficulty that I’ve seen in a game.
The two BIGGEST additions would be religion and combat (nice mix eh?) – Religion is handled very well and it would seem that care has been taken not to offend anyone or trivialise the subject. In fact it’s possibly the most I have learnt about the subject since RE lessons at school. Combat, whilst always having been a big part of the Civ games, is given a complete rethink. Gone are the basic attack and defence values, instead each unit has its own strengths and weaknesses. They also gain experience, both with success and with improvements from their home city. The game does a good job of even getting you attached to your more veteran units.
It’s impossible to do Civ 4 justice in just a thousand words or so – it’s too deep and advanced for that – all I can do is just try and persuade you. Don’t worry about anything above – just know this: if you are in any way into strategy games, or want to try them – then give Civ 4 a go – I love it and stand by my opening comments of just how good a game it is. It has to be good – for 3 days running I found myself playing for 10+ hours only crawling into bed in the small hours…
Own a PC? Then get this – it’s that simple!
- Closest thing to strategic PC perfection
- Simple yet very, very deep
- Very, VERY addictive
- Easy accessible
- A few tiny quibbles
- Very, VERY addictive