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A useful guide, but the game comes with a good manual,
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This review is from: Civilization IV Official Strategy Guide (Official Strategy Guides) (Paperback)I bought this guide at the same time as I bought the game it covers as the Civilization series has always been a complex and deep one that rewards time invested understanding how the internal workings of the game are structured and how to handle strategy and yet pervious versions have had dissapointing (or no) printed manuals.
The guide is good and it definately adds some more insights to the game, however you should be aware that the manual that comes in the game box is actually a very good one which includes perhaps 70% of the same material found in the guide.
So, I would not say I regret having bought the guide but it might be worth buying the game on its own first, reading through and digesting the thick manual and then considering whether or not to buy the guide as well.
Things that are in the guide that are not in the manual (or covered in more depth or from a different angle in the guide) include:
- a nice summary of differences from Civ 3 for existing players
Hmmm, on reflection I've just gone back and changed my rating to four stars. On balance, I would say that most of this material will appear on fansites pretty quickly as it did for previous versions of Civ and stick to my advice of getting the game and reading the manual before buying this guide.
But, if you are the sort of person who likes to have additional strategy guide information in printed form and you feel the manual is lacking in some of the areas I highlight above then this guide will be a useful and good value complement to the thick booklet that comes with the game.