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Caesar IV (PC CD)

by Sierra
Windows XP
 Ages 12 and Over
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Build your Rome: Build your city in any imaginable combination. Bask in the awe-inspiring glory of more than 100 unique structures.
  • Expanded Economic Control: With over 30 tradable goods, 10 industries, 4 markets and foreign trade routes the economic possibilities are vast.
  • Leading Edge Graphics: High dynamic range lighting, specular and bump mapping along with realistic weather effects and a complete day / night cycle bring Rome to life in never before seen detail.
  • Experience Life in Ancient Rome: Interact with more than 75 unique characters within your city.
  • Improved Combat Functionality: Take direct control over your legions, who gain experience through combat and training, as you ward off barbaric invasions
  • Over 100 Hours of Gameplay: Including career mode, standalone competitive scenarios, and sandbox mode.

Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B000H61OP2
  • Release Date: 19 Oct. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,273 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Hail Ceasar! The best selling city-builder series returns. Caesar IV takes the ancient city builder to the next generation with leading edge graphics and expanded control over the Roman Empire. Developed by the award-winning creators of Caesar III and Pharaoh, Caesar IV is sure to please the masses.

Starting as governor of a newly formed province in the Roman Empire your goal is simple: advance up the empire`s political ladder to become the next Caesar. As governor, you will have total control over your province: including city planning, finances, and defenses. As you succeed you will be given new challenges in other provinces within the Roman Empire ultimately ending in the heart of the empire: Rome.

Caesar IV represents the culmination of more than a decade of development experience in the city-builder genre making it the definitive ancient city-builder. Plebs need not apply.

Amazon.co.uk Review

In a nutshell:
Build Rome in a day with the first Caesar game in full 3D. There’s not much debauchery here though, but plenty of zone planning and fending off pesky barbarians.

The lowdown:
Pitched as a sort of SimCity 100BC, Caesar IV is a little more structured than its modern equivalent, as you’re put in charge of an increasingly large population, while also keeping Rome happy by furnishing it with whatever goods it requires. You can’t just slap buildings down anywhere though but most consider aesthetics, supply and demand and the three tier social structure. The interface could’ve been a touch more intuitive, or at least not so thoroughly old fashioned, but this is still easily the best historical city builder in terms of depth, graphics and the impression of being in control of an actual living, breathing city.

Most exciting moment:
Combat is by no means the focus of Caesar IV but there are plenty of fights to get into. Naturally most of the battles revolve around the defence of your city and as such you can build huge defensive walls as well as specialised guard towers and barracks.

Since you ask:
Many of the designers at developer Tilted Mill also worked on the original Caesar game, the last one of which appeared over seven years ago. The studio’s first game, to which Caesar IV has many similarities, was Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile for Sega.

The bottom line:
Fiddle while Rome builds in the most comprehensive city sim yet. -HARRISON DENT

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather disappointing 2 Feb. 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I too thought Caesar IV would be as good as it's prequels, but unfortunatly the game can't help but crash, I have to restart my computer every half an hour due to crashes while i'm playing, which isn't exactly normal. The graphics are good although to play the game, you need a very high grade computer, mine is brand new with a crossfire graphics card and can only just handle it at top specs. Building placement is fiddly and sometimes the economy is too hard to handle. This is a good and enjoyable city game, it's just the fact it crashes that makes me give it a 2 star overall.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointing 12 Dec. 2006
By Matt
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
The biggest disappointment with the game is its poor user interface and the fact that the game crashes far far far too often. My system exceeded the system requirements, but the performance is exceptionally jerky and poor, and the game is prone to complete system crashes or lock ups. Perhaps the makers may be able to resolve these issues with a patch in the near future, but until then I would look else where for your gaming needs.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very... Very limited 15 Mar. 2007
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Unlike some of the other reviews here, I haven't had any problems with the game crashing or deleting The Sims 2 stuff. I bought this game not long after it came out. As a die-hard Caesar 3 fan (and all those others i.e. Pharaoh, Emperor, etc) I expected this to be amazing, or at least like Caesar 3 but with good graphics. I was very disappointed!
The map sizes are the 1st Problem. They are miniature and you hardly have room to build anything, and when you do, it doesn't look like a bustling city but more like a few houses and buildings placed down randomly. There are lots of options and different buildings but sadly the gameplay lets it down too much. As far as the combat is concerned, it is an improvement on the awkward Caesar 3 setup but I can't really comment on it as I haven't really done enough of it yet. This game is boring and you'll lose interest in it very quickly.
Overall I wouldn't recommend Caesar 4, I personally liked CivCity Rome instead and found a lot more potential in that. Hope that helps any!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep Going 3 Dec. 2006
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Now hold on... Caesar 4 is not a Civ City type disappointment and I would suggest that hostile reviewers have not given themselves enough time to really find out how good the game is. Sure there are some bugs and the game crashes, but there is already a fix on the website for the trade route problem and most other crashes can be fixed by moving to "Best Performance" on the options. Otherwise, Tilted Mill has created a worthy successor to Caesar 3. The graphics, of course, are a great improvement and the requirement to build city walls make the towns attractive to look at. Buildings are nicely designed and go together well. My only grumble here is the poor choice of beatification items. The diagonal roads can work too, but unfortunately there is nothing to go in the triangular bit where they meet a regular road. The gameplay is challenging (unlike Civ City) - setting out the town requires thought and you will face financial problems early on. The Emperor is pretty annoying demanding substantial quantities of this and that and often doesn't give you any credit when you get the stuff off in time. Fulfilling all requirements and building a town of 5000 people will take you a long time. Having said all that, it is not giving me the same joy as Caesar 3... but what could?
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poor 30 April 2007
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Compared to ceasar 3 this game is very dissapointing you dont get to see your city evolve as you improve it and the map is very jerky when setting downn building you apear to have set down items but thenn they move . the amount of options is annoying and the tutorial voice over often freezes.

Dont buy this get ceasar 3 severe dissapointment and a waste of money
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The fart at the end of the meal 19 Dec. 2007
By Lizzie
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Excuse the vulgarity but to sum this disappointing excuse for a sequel up that would be the phrase of choice.
Don't misunderstand me, this game is 'ok' in that it does everything you expect a city builder to do- water, security, food etc. but nothing more. In fact, other than the graphics (if you have acquired a computer from NASA, that is) theres no 'wow' factor at all. The menu can make people cry, trying to place any building, regardless of size makes, grown individuals sob in frustration and, most disparagingly, Ceasar 3 was infinitively better. It is, if you want an apt comparison, similar to any Disney sequal you can think of (except the lion king). And, most importantly, it will fatally crash or lock up your computer at least once a day, for no reason, at random, just as your getting into it.

And in conclusion- don't buy this game, buy Caesar 3 instead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 28 Nov. 2006
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Like most of the reviewers for this game, I too am a little disappointed having waited for the release. I am finding my game freezes up everytime I start to trade with anyone and then sometimes it freezes up for no reason at all. As a long time player of Caesar III, Pharoh et al, Zeus and Children of the Nile, it just doesn't tick all the boxes. Don't rush to buy this, it might be worth waiting to see if they can iron out any glitches first,

Could do better!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on its predecessors 6 Nov. 2006
By Sue Bentley VINE VOICE
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Oh dear, I was so looking forward to this game! Yet here we are with a slow, buggy, patchy performing game (and I have a VERY high spec PC). Trade is boring, there is a stupid road you have to delete when you start (not a major flaw but is SHOWS the programmers are not City-build fans, they are programmers. They probably play World of Warcraft or maybe chess)

It is fiddly too, placing items fails 1 time in 5. Economic management is poor, your people are unhappy for no clear reason.

As a new game it would be adequate. As a followup for a superbe series it is disappointingly mundane and buggy
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Fall of the Empire
My children bought this for me because I had enjoyed Caesar III, which worked perfectly well on a basic system, but despite 2 computer upgrades since then I have never been able to... Read more
Published 21 months ago by V. Franz
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay
I was expecting something more like Caesar III which I very much enjoyed
but still worth a try seeing as it is very cheap
Published 22 months ago by Mr. S. P. Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars Laborius
It is all right building your first city and providing basics for the citizens but I lost interest when I found I had to do it every time.
Published on 25 Feb. 2013 by P. G. Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed.
Perhaps if I spend more time with this I will begin to like it more. So far I have found it rather frustrating, but maybe younger people would love it. Read more
Published on 22 Sept. 2010 by Bellemadge
1.0 out of 5 stars OK
The game is not the best caesar out. The new version came with two CDs so it took longer to load and i had to install lots of other things aswell as the game so i couls play it. Read more
Published on 24 Sept. 2009 by Fletch
5.0 out of 5 stars In defense of Caesar IV
This is the first review I have ever written on Amazon, but I have to say something to counter all the negative reviews of this game. Read more
Published on 13 May 2009 by Oli
3.0 out of 5 stars The Rise and Fall
Well I've seen the two star reviews for this game and I thought they were unjustified.

The main problem I have with this game is when I compare it to Rome Total War. Read more
Published on 25 April 2009 by M. Mullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Now
When I first brought this game I suffered from many problems of the game crashing. Yet, a year or so on, all are resolved and the game runs much smoother than I could've ever... Read more
Published on 12 July 2008 by M. Seaward
1.0 out of 5 stars Not all change is for the better
I bought this game the moment it was available as I am a huge fan of Caesar III. However, it was a massive disappointment. Read more
Published on 25 Dec. 2007 by S. Allison
4.0 out of 5 stars should be called town builder
i own all of sierras games especialy the city build games like phaoro and emporer i enjoy them immensly this is were this game comes crashing down instead of looking at youre city... Read more
Published on 27 Aug. 2007 by D. Price
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