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Monday, June 26, 2006

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Civilization IV Preview
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A new preview of Civilization IV for the Mac is available at Macworld's Game Room. The latest incarnation of the nation building seres, Civ IV introduces a 3D environment, religion, and a host of other new additions for players to enjoy. The Game Room found the game to be a worthy successor to previous titles.

The same functions from past games exist for each unit—move, sentry, skip turn, sleep, explore and automate. When starting out at the beginning of the game, your knowledge of the world is very limited, and you start out with at least one settler unit, which you use to build your capital city.
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But after a few turns and clicking around to the various navigation and advisor buttons in the top right of the screen, you’ll discover that Civilization IV replaces some of the concepts from older versions of the game, such as the type of government you form. Instead, there’s now a more complex version called “Civics”—as you progress through the game, you discover various types of governments, religions, and systems of labor, mixing and matching the ones for your civilization. At one point in my game, my Civics settings simultaneously included Universal Sufferage, Nationhood, Emancipation, Free Market economy, and Theocracy (Judaism).

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