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Old 25-11-2005, 22:59:54   #1
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A review!

http://www.counterglow.com/article.php?id=civ4

Enjoy! (thanks Chris)

btw screenshots are on the large side!
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Old 26-11-2005, 07:41:12   #2
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Overall this is the finest example of this great franchise, finally surpassing Civ 2 as the best in the series.


High praise, indeed.
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Old 26-11-2005, 08:54:02   #3
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sounds good, I'll have to go and get it now.

Not that I have time to play though!
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Old 27-11-2005, 13:19:37   #4
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Nice review (and great screenshots).
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Old 27-11-2005, 15:38:42   #5
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I've not played any of the Civ games. How do they compare to the AoE series?
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Old 27-11-2005, 17:29:31   #6
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Looks like I don't have to review it now.
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Old 27-11-2005, 18:49:43   #7
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Great review. I've played the game for weeks and I think it's spot on.
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Old 28-11-2005, 10:27:39   #8
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Looks like I don't have to review it now.
Damn you Chris, damn you!

Good review though
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Old 28-11-2005, 15:42:15   #9
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Glad everyone liked it.

I also found out Nav's real name is Percival Sweetwater, man that is gay.
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Old 28-11-2005, 16:34:23   #10
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Good review. I agree with the conclusions.

One nice thing that I like about it is that resources (or at least some of them) only become discoverable with a given technology so you no longer feel that you have to behave like a nomad to maximise the value of city one.

Also, the changes to the production system for settlers and workers custs down the ICS problems and makes the game more enjoyable for people who like fewer large cities
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Old 28-11-2005, 17:06:09   #11
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nice review, i shall attempt an illegal download forthwith
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Old 04-12-2005, 15:46:32   #12
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So is Civ 4 as good as AoE and AoM then or what?
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Old 05-12-2005, 10:42:25   #13
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Old 05-12-2005, 18:53:06   #14
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Its a good game, some nice maps and scenarios should make it even better.
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Old 21-12-2005, 16:35:53   #15
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Old 21-12-2005, 16:48:02   #16
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So you like it?
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Old 22-12-2005, 11:17:05   #17
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Old 26-12-2005, 05:47:32   #18
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Old 28-12-2005, 01:03:40   #19
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Old 28-12-2005, 09:46:56   #20
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I got it for Christmas.
I haven't been allowed on the computer yet to play it though
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Old 28-12-2005, 09:59:47   #21
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Just kick him in the dingding and install the game
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Old 29-12-2005, 11:55:25   #23
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I did manage to install it and have a quick look last night.
It's going to take a bit of getting used to, as it's been about 2 or 3 years since I last played a Civ game but it looks good.
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Old 30-12-2005, 00:43:21   #24
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Its fun Tiz, you can drift through the entire game before really understanding it.

Only now, after about a dozen games do I understand the value of state religions and missionaires, and matching them to the correct type of gov.
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Old 30-12-2005, 01:50:23   #25
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Oh, Missionaries rock. Having an opponent with the same religion as you helps a lot in keeping them happy.

Oh, and Tizzy - even if it won't help you play the game more, kick him in the ding-ding anyway.
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Old 30-12-2005, 11:55:17   #26
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crap, went to pick this up yesterday and they were sold out.

Its a sign I should be playing more WoW.
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Old 30-12-2005, 16:11:43   #27
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Oh, and Tizzy - even if it won't help you play the game more, kick him in the ding-ding anyway.
I'm still waiting for the wine for the last two, from now on it's payment upfront.
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crap, went to pick this up yesterday and they were sold out.

Its a sign I should be playing more WoW.
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I'm still waiting for the wine for the last two, from now on it's payment upfront.
Hang on a sec shiela, this one was for personal pleasure, not so you could get another free bottle of wine out of me. On top of which, the payment was always going to be wine when I go to England. Don't go trying to change the deal now.
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I have played 2 games so far have no idea what I'm doing really. Had a bit of a learning game on chieftan that I won easily. Then had a game on warlord that was a lot harder. Got stuck on one continent with 5 other computer players, guess who was stuck right in the middle. Was continuously at war for the entire game as one AI after the other invaded and was fought off, only for another AI to declare war straight after. I eventually lost to a space race to the Indians in about 2030, didn't mind so much because the Indians were the only ones I was friends with and who didn't invade me.
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Got stuck on one continent with 5 other computer players, guess who was stuck right in the middle.
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Yay, schjmarte mrG!

I'm really enjoying Civ 4 too (when I get to play it that is). Still don't understand most of what I'm doing but I'll learn
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Looks like I don't have to review it now.
You were supposed to review CoD II about a month ago!!
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Old 04-01-2006, 13:25:01   #35
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Yeah, but everyone voted for Civ4 instead. And that review was done. So I'll have to do something else. Maybe I'll review F.E.A.R
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Got it this weekend, built wonders, was cranking out culture and religion everywhere, then I decided the spanish needed to go away - although we had equal tech, they crushed me, even though I had amassed a force of longbowmen, catapults, and macemen I thought was strong enough to take one of their bigger cities and cripple them.

Attack failed miserably, about 5 turns later I lost a city with 2 wonders in it and they were advancing on my capital...

on the bright side I learned that catapults have a barrage attack in addition to bombard - I may replay that little war from the beginning and see if the barrage (hits all units in a sqare instead of attacking fortification level) helps.
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Highlight the unit you want to attack with, press g and then mouse over the unit you want to attack. Gives you all the stats and bonuses and your percentage chance of winning. Makes battles a lot less down to guesswork.

I think the barrage ability comes in only if you make a normal attack with your catapult. I don't tend to use that because by the time I get catapults archers with City Defender are usually hard enough to beat a catapult and Longbowmen certainly are. Works better with tanks. Whatever you do, make sure you take out all the fortifications first. It really makes a difference. Also I put some defensive units (archers/longbowmen etc) in the stack so that they can garrison the captured city leaving your assault stack to continue conquering (once healed).

To successfully wage an offensive war you either need a slight tech superiority or massively superior numbers. If you can get elephants when he still only has archers you can kick some arse though.
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Ships can also bombard costal cities.

Bombers are deadly in this game, if you get them, no city is safe no matter what its defenses.
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When you play the higher levels the AI uses many more fighters to take down your bombers, you need a big counter fighter group.
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The AI is good at fighting in general.
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started over as Egypt...

wow, I spread my religion to all my neighbor's cities and can now get away with just about anything I like, they love me!

once I got the "+100% growth in cities with your religion" civic, I pulled WAY ahead of my neighbors

I got 2 great people with the +4000 culture buff and used them both on a border city of mine, then started building any cultural stuff I could there - it paid off, my neighbor's border has pulled way back, and I absorbed a medium sized coastal city from him.

Haven't fired a shot in anger at anyone but barbarians yet
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Excellent.

I love invading places. I'm rubbish at the religion thing yet. At the moment I'm in a protracted land war with Roosevelt. I captured 2 of his cities but underestimated how many units he had, he overwhelmed my attack force through pure weight of numbers (and at horrendous cost) but had enough to roll over two of my cities. I'm about to get totally renaissance on his arse.
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I got 2 great people with the +4000 culture buff and used them both on a border city of mine, then started building any cultural stuff I could there - it paid off, my neighbor's border has pulled way back, and I absorbed a medium sized coastal city from him.
That's my favourite thing at the moment, I was trying to take over some cities that way in my last game until the Mongolians declared war on me and it all went horribly wrong.....
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That was the same game as my game above but I'm still in it.
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We decided having a hotseat game going was a good idea for when we both want to play at the same time
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Hot Seat is fun.

Although the AI doesn't sulk if you decide to build the wonder they were going for.
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I think they do.
I'm sure "you stole the Hanging Gardens" must have caused some wars.
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Maybe. If you had built it there it'd just have been captured by the Mongolians a few turns later anyway.

Anyway, that's the beauty of being able to build wonders 50% faster (and having better starting land).
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