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Thursday, November 3, 2005

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Civilization IV Reviewed
7:51 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Strategy Informer recently took a look at Firaxis Games' Civilization IV, the latest in the legendary world building series. Civ IV sports a new 3D graphics engine and the inclusion of religion for the first time in the series. Finding very little to dislike about the game Strategy Informer gave Civ IV a 9 out of 10.

Perhaps the most fundamental change in game concept is the new role of religion in the game. There are seven religions, all of which are functionally identical. They are triggered by the first discovery of specific techs. For example, upon completing research of Meditation, providing you are the first to discover it, Buddhism will take root in one of your settlements which become the holy city of that religion. The ideology then spreads through your people along trade routes and so forth, eventually becoming significant in other settlements (not necessarily only your own). At which point you may choose to adopt a specific religion as your state religion. You then gain bonuses relative to the proportion of your population whom follow said religion.
Aspyr Media recently announced a Mac version of Civ IV which should be available sometime early in 2006. To read the full review and check out a few screenshots follow the link below.

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