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After patches, a fantastic game,
This review is from: Civilization IV (PC DVD) (Video Game)
I wrote a review after having played Civ4 for a week and gave it three stars (subtracted one for immense stability problems, another for slowness of unit movement and combat resolution).
After the patch, all stability issues are gone. The game runs smoothly and has never crashed on me. Similarly (whether by patch or my own lack of discovery), I've realized that you can turn on quick movement and quick combat resolution.
What a game this is!
In many ways I considered CivIII a sideways rather than forward step. A different take rather than an evolution, so to speak. I'm happy to say CivIV feels just perfect, and much more like a spiritual successor to CivII than to CivIII.
All the annoyances of culture are gone, while the good aspects have been kept. The resource system is vastly expanded as is your worker options. Combat makes more sense and the unit upgrade tree is a fantastic addition that makes you cherish your units so much more (too much, in fact, as I find myself naming units after great battles). Gone are the days of civil disorder and building upkeep, and once you’ve settled yourself from the original shock, you realize it makes much more sense in its new implementation. Health, a new addition to the city screen is a much more collected way of handling the pollution modern cultures seem plagued by.
It is, in other words, a much more coherent package, created for multiplayer from the get go, and wrapped in snazzy new graphics. While not perfect (nothing is), the minor issues left are based more on subjective taste rather than objective, large-scale issues.