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Civilization IV -
Requires the base game in order to play.
Online Multiplayer to be suspended as of May 31st 2014, LAN mode still supported. Mac version's Online Multiplayer no longer supported

Civilization IV comes to life like never before in a beautifully detailed, living 3D world that elevates the gameplay experience to a whole new level. 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.

  • 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.
This title is available for purchase in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and United States.







was free to play
Posted by savorizon (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Sep 13, 2014
Member since Sep 2014
0 out of 0 gamers (0%) found this review helpful

great game love the civ series, but sorry furdmonster this game was free to play but gamefly sold the rights to AtGames Holding LTD so no longer free, dont be so rude before you know what you're talking about
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Never free to play
Posted by furdmonster (, ) Sep 08, 2014
Member since Sep 2014
0 out of 1 gamers (0%) found this review helpful

Okay, I don't know what that other reviewer (reed84) was smoking, but this game was NEVER free to play. This game came out before the free to play trend was ever even a thing. I used to own this game long long ago (lost my copy of it long ago) and I enjoyed it a lot. I can't give a more detailed review than that, but I remember liking how the game handled religion. I never got the opportunity to play the expansions.
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The game has a serious flaw that makes it no fun.
Posted by Breakerton (Novi, MI) Jun 30, 2014
Member since Jun 2014
0 out of 1 gamers (0%) found this review helpful

Prince level, One human against 8 other AI, Huge map, Random map, regular barbarians, high sea level: The only way to have a good time in this game is to turn technology trading off and diplomatic victory off, but then it is too easy and is not a challenge. It turns out when technology trading is turned off and the other civilizations are made to be self-reliant they fail miserably and the game becomes a cake walk. Too easy is no fun. The reason diplomatic victory needs to be turned off also is because this is just a cheesy way for the computer to win and the odds are too much in the AI's advantage to win diplomatically because it is there and the computer AI just does it and is cheesy. It sees this as a way out and devotes all it's time and effort and the human player has no way to stop it. On the other hand if technology trading is left on, all the other civilizations feed off each other and through the games' design flaw engine they become bullies toward the human player resulting in being overtaken by the games design engine that the AI is using and it does what it does and is in bliss about the whole thing. Meanwhile the human player either gives in to the bullying, (because all the other civilizations fed off each other and became supreme), or has to go to inevitable war against superior troops which results in a quick and painful end to the human player and the experience of a fun game spirals to having to start a new game that most likely will result in the same thing. I played 100's of games and this is the case each time. Either it is too easy by turning off tech trading or it is a certain rage quit by around 900 A.D. with tech trading left on because like I said all the other AI civilizations are basically one entity who bully the human player who has no chance. I ran 100's of different game scenarios on Prince level and this was the case every time. I tried Monarch level and the game is impossible.
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Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
Posted by firebird21 (DALLAS, TX) Jun 26, 2012
Member since Aug 2011
8 out of 8 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Sid is back with a Civ 4. Now if you have never played a Civ before just know its an aquired taste like clams, or dog meat.

Always time consuming Civ 4 follows a turn based strategy, and allows the player to start from literally nothing. Turn your small village of rock thowers into a bursting metropolis filled with wonders, or be a complete douchebag, and watch as your people suffer, and revolt against you.

Play how you want by customizing your map settings. Do you perfer a barren destert, or a frozen tundra. Do you want to conquer the world with the mongol horde or perhaps you want the world to be in awe of your Civs technolgy. Civ 4 is all about perference and choice, and you get to choose everything from how fast the game plays to the age of the world (not really sure why), and everything inbetween.

You can make the game as easy or as difficult as you would like, but higher difficulty levels requires a large amount of micro-management which in turn is EXTREMELY TIME CONSUMING. Lucky you can set many of the options like workers, production, and promotions to auto so at least you can save a couple of hours.

The AI is fairly solid even though at times it seems the game has it in for you. The other leaders populating your world are rarley peaceful, and will attack if they see your weak. On harder difficulties they will even form alliances to try and take you down. Lucky you can do the same. Become friends with other civs and form defensive pacts so you know your never alone, or if your good play them against each other, and watch as the world descends into war, and chaos. Muhaahahh....ha..... moving right along

Overall Civ has always been one of my favorite TBS games because you can play it how you want to play it. If you try it and like it, hurry out and pick up Civ V, and its newest expand Gods and kings.
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...... its too much
Posted by Mortdaclown (HIGHLAND, CA) Aug 22, 2013
Member since Aug 2013
3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

had no idea i was up all night playing this till the sun started to shine through the window!! had to stop to addicting ... then again i was always a fan of these games...
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Yet another CLASSIC
Posted by Maverick044 (Pacifica, CA) Jun 25, 2013
Member since Jun 2013
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Sid Meiers Civ IV.. What can I say.. yet another classic from sid. love the gameplay, I have played every title he's ever done. this is by far one of the best. with the updated graphics engine, and the flawless gameplay and the expansions available.. this is one for the long haul. I'll be enjoying this one for years to come
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Minimum OS Windows 2000/XP
Minimum Processor 1.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent
Minimum Memory 256 MB RAM (Windows 2000) / 512 MB RAM (Windows XP)
Minimum Graphics DirectX 9.0c-compatible 64 MB video card with Hardware T&L support ( GeForce 2/Radeon 7500 or better)
Minimum Hard Drive 1.7 GB Free
Minimum Sound DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
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