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Sid Meier's Civilization IV PC

The fourth installment of the bestselling turn-based strategy games series launched back in 1991 by the gaming industry legend, Sid Meier.

Strategy | Economic | turn-based | 4 x | sandbox | war strategy

Sid Meier's Civilization IV Release Date PC


developer: Firaxis Games publisher: Take 2 Interactive Official website

English language game language: English

Sid Meier’s Civilization IV for PC is another installment in the cult strategy game series with a nearly fifteen-year long tradition, designed by one of the best designers that the industry has seen, Sid Meier.


In Sid Meier’s Civilization IV the form of government is no longer imposed on the players; this solution was replaced with a user-friendly system that lets us apply individual laws and regulations. Thanks to this, the game allows us to, for example, create a harsh police state in which democratic elections may respected or not, depending on the player’s liking. Comfort and luxury, elements characteristic of the title’s predecessors, were also removed and replaced with "culture", which serves the exact same purpose and — additionally — influences the overall development level of our civilization. It is of great importance when we come into contact with other nations, which, by the way, finally learned the principle of border inviolability. By manipulating options offered by the diplomacy, we can completely separate ourselves from the opponent under the threat of war or allow them to freely trade within our country’s territory.

The game puts major emphasis on religion. Every nation that successfully discovers one of the most important spiritual movements establishes a holy city, which gradually expands its influence to other metropolises. The process can be advanced by employing missionaries. Of course, other civilizations will try to convince your people to their faith which can spawn the presence of numerous religious minorities in your dominion.

Sid Meier’s Civilization IV offers new units (some of which are civilization-specific), nations (18 in total), inventions and resources that can be traded with other countries. The game also features an extensive multiplayer mode which can work in both a classic turn-based and a new real-time style. The solo gameplay only allows for the former.

The user interface was greatly simplified, thanks to which the primary map is no longer infested with useless icons. Firaxis Games provided a lot of so-called tooltips in their game, so that even a player who has never played a Civilization game before can easily obtain detailed information on each and every aspect of the game without having to read the manual or the so-called Civilopedia (a built-in encyclopedia that serves as a complete knowledge database).


Sid Meier’s Civilization IV for PC underwent revolutionary changes in terms of graphics. The game is powered by the Gamebryo engine, technology previously used in Sid Meier’s Pirates!, allowing the world map to contain a myriad of animated objects, for instance: animals that react lively to the development of subsequent metropolises. What is more, the player can now freely operate the camera that not only allows him to observe the land at any angle, but also to freely zoom in or out.

Game mode: single / multiplayer   Multiplayer mode: Internet  

Media type: 1 DVD / 3 CD

User score: 8,2 / 10 based on 3706 votes.

Pre-release expectations: 8.7 / 10 based on 10 votes.

PEGI rating Sid Meier's Civilization IV

Age rating. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty. Game contains depictions of violence.

Sid Meier's Civilization IV System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • Recommended:
  • Pentium 4 1.8 GHz
  • 512 MB RAM
  • graphic card 128 MB (GeForce 4 Ti4200 or better)
  • 1.7 GB HDD
  • Windows 2000/XP
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