[edit] Background

The legacy of Sid Meier's empire-building strategy series continues with Civilization IV. You're still required to help a fledging culture grow through exploration, discovery, diplomacy, and combat. Gameplay enhancements include a richer combat system that allows you to produce great leaders, increased technical finesse, and uses for ranged weapons.

[edit] Features

  • 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.
  • Civ IV comes to life! - Beautiful 3D world with dozens of fully animated units (including culturally unique units) and totally customizable armies. Cities and wonders will appear on the map. Wonder movies are back!
  • Mods and Community Tools - Designed from the ground up for modability, the game contains a powerful map editor with XML and Python support.
  • Choose Your Leader – Most Civs now have 2 leaders from which to choose, with each Leader having traits that provide various bonuses to the player.
  • Civics – With the discovery of new techs, civic options can become available. Freedom of speech or slavery? Hereditary rule or open elections? This creates endless government choices and possibilities!
  • Religion – Now there are 7 religions in the game that are unlocked through researching. When unlocked, the religion spreads through a player's empire allowing them to use the religion to help manage happiness, gain gold and create Great Prophets.
  • Great People - As the player uses specialists they gain Great People points in the city that is utilizing the specialists. Great People include the Artist, Tycoon, Prophet, Engineer, & Scientist. They can be used to get free techs, start Golden Ages, or join a city to increase its output.
  • Promotions – Each unit has a promotion path that emphasizes specific unit traits. Promotions include bonuses to Attack/Defend on specific terrains/features, movement bonuses, sight/visibility bonuses and increased withdrawal chances.
  • In-Game Movies – Civ IV will have over 70 in-game movies.

[edit] Hardware Requirements

Operating System:Windows® 2000/XP
Processor:1.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent
Memory:256 MB RAM (Windows 2000) / 512 MB RAM (Windows XP)
Hard Disk Space:1.7 GB Free
CD-ROM Drive :4X Speed
Video:DirectX 9.0c-compatible 64 MB video card with Hardware T&L support ( GeForce 2/Radeon 7500 or better)
Sound:DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
DirectX®:DirectX® version 9.0c (included) or higher

Recommended System Requirements Operating System:Windows® 2000/XP
Processor:1.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent
Memory:512 MB RAM
Hard Disk Space:1.7 GB Free
CD-ROM Drive :4X Speed
Video:128 MB Video Card w/ DirectX 8 support (pixel & vertex shaders)
Sound:DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
DirectX®:DirectX® version 9.0c (included) or higher

Supported Operating Systems Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 or higher WITH Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
Windows XP Home or Professional w/ Service Pack 1 or higher

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Civilization IV's "Baba Yetu" theme nominated for a Grammy

First time a game tune is recognized by the Grammys

Dec 03, 2010, by Dany Argueta | 12 comments
Civilization V able to import Civ IV maps

Mods are a different story

Jun 24, 2010, by Dany Argueta | 1 comment

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    • Oct 25, 2005 (PC)
    • Q1 2006 (Mac)
  • Europe: Oct 28, 2005
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