DescriptionSid Meier's Civilization IV
, the fourth installment of the series, starts the player, like in the previous games, with a single village in the Stone Age and has them advance from there by exploring, founding cities, researching, exploiting natural resources and eventually trading or making war with neighbouring civilizations. While Sid Meier's Civilization III
put cultural influence in the forefront, this time it is religion that is put forward as a new factor underlying many aspects of the game.
In addition, Sid Meier's Civilization IV
attempts to streamline gameplay by removing some features (corruption, pollution) which slowed down the late stages of the game and making significant changes to the combat system so that tactical thinking plays a more important role. Units now have a single combat value instead of defense and attack values, have a special ability and can be further enhanced with experience in a player-defined way.
The game also offers some aesthetic improvements such as a detailed 3D map, environmental ambiance and animated units.
- "文明帝國 IV" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
- "文明IV" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "Wenming IV" -- Chinese title
- "시드 마이어의 문명 IV" -- Korean spelling
- "Civ 4" -- Informal name
- "シヴィライゼーション４" -- Japanese spelling
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The discovery of Fascism is accompanied by a quote from Adolf Hitler:
"The great masses of the people… will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one."
The German version maintains the quote but attributes it to "a German dictator" rather than citing Hitler's name.
The introductory sequence of Civilization
has been remastered in Civilization IV
and plays whenever you start loading a new map. Live orchestra samples have been used to bring the original theme to life and Leonard Nimoy
(famous for his role as Mr. Spock in "Star Trek
") narrates this sequence (along with other segments of the game).
- Just as Sid Meier's Pirates! reused some voice and music samples from Civilization III, one particular piece of instrumental music has been recycled in Civ IV. It can be heard when a Great Artist is used to create a Great Work in a city.
- The main theme for Civilization IV is in fact a choral version of the Lord's Prayer in Swahili.
Due to a assembly error, French tech tree posters have snuck into some of the North American Civilization IV boxes. Owners of a flawed version can fill in a form
online to get an English version sent by mail. 2K Games has also made available a downloadble PDF version on its website.
- In a parody of Nimroy providing voice talent, some leaders will respond to a proclamation of peace with, "May we all live long and prosper."
- At the end of the game, players are rated based on their performance by a comparison to one of 10 world leaders. The lowest rating compares the player to former US Vice-President Dan Quayle, who is legendary for mistaken expressions such as "If we do not succeed, then we run the risk of failure", "What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is" and "Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific. It is in the Pacific. It is a part of the United States that is an island that is right here."
The Spanish release has a translation error, the Religion Civic "Organized Religion" says "Can build missionaries without monastery" and it's translated as "No se pueden contruir misioneros sin un monasterio", which is exactly the opposite.
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- Computer Games Magazine
- March 2006 - #1 Game of the Year 2005
- PC Powerplay (Germany)
- Issue 02/2006 - #1 Strategy Game in 2005
- Issue 04/2006 - #2 Strategy Game in 2005 (Readers' Vote)
- Issue 02/2006 - #5 Best Game in 2005