Prospero, on September 24th 2007, 10:36 PM, said:
Well, I've played through much of the tutorial. It'll be a while before I have the skills to deal with the high-level AI, which seems to be the cause of some of the game's performance issues.
It certainly seems stable, though--I'm playing at 1920x1200 resolution, with all the eye candy on, and it runs really well and looks gorgeous. The only graphical oddity I've noticed is a bit of tearing when you zoom out to the maximum distance away from the map and scroll from left to right. There are none of the severe crashing issues that the Apple Store customers are reporting, though it has frozen on me once (starting a new game after extensive fiddling with the options). I don't remember if that freeze was before or after I patched to 1.61 Rev C.
My Civ skills have atrophied since I last played (1997? 1998?). I'd forgotten how hardcore this game is! And still, the tutorial moves a bit too slowly for me. I'm going to read the manual and sort things out myself--though there's a lot to learn, the learning curve isn't anywhere near as tough as the curve for Paradox games. At any rate, I've just written off a lot of free time, I think.
Civ IV is dramatically different from the previous games, in that wonders aren't too wonderful--they give you a nice boost on occasion--but there's also the emphasis on great people & specialists. Many options with the different great people, and the upgrades for units can make the game very different too.
Prospero, on September 25th 2007, 10:45 AM, said:
Hey, wait--actually, I think there might be a problem with Civ 4's sound. Supposedly Leonard Nimoy should be narrating various things, and as far as I can tell his narration made it over to the Mac port, but I've yet to hear him once--not in the intro movie, or in-game.
Civ IV vanilla had some sound issues for me, which is why I always play Warlords now. The sounds works pretty good, don't know why the fixes didn't make it back into Civ IV Vanilla.