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“History As You Know It, Is History” – Sid Meier’s Civilization IV Review

SID MEIER’S CIVILIZATION IV (2005) – FIRAXIS GAMES

From the start of time until its end...the road is yours to travel

As a general rule of thumb, I tend to avoid strategy games. I have never really been one for wanting to plan an attack in a game world situation – I play games to escape the planning of real life, and would much rather jump off some platforms and swing a sword around in my virtual world. All this considered, it makes my opinion on Sid Meier’s Civilization IV all the more surprising. I picked it up two years ago from a bargain bin in my local Morrison’s for just £6, and it may well be the best deal I have ever found, because there is so much game tucked away in Civilization IV’s disc that it beggars belief at times.

The Civilization series has long been seen as one of the kings of the strategy genre, alongside other heavyweights such as Age Of Empires. I like to think that a good deal of the appeal derives from the games relatively simple concept – starting in the year 4000 BC, you choose one out of a variety of historical leaders (ranging from the likes of Montezuma to Gandhi and from Julius Caesar to Queen Victoria) and have up until 2050 AD to rewrite history and become the greatest civilization the world has ever seen. Standing in the way of your noble quest are such challenges as politics, keeping your population healthy, raising education, and of course defending your empire from the other leaders on the map trying to create their great societies. Continue reading “History As You Know It, Is History” – Sid Meier’s Civilization IV Review