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Friday, September 8, 2006

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Civilization IV Analyzed
6:46 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new review of the PC version of Civilzation IV is available from Byte Press. Civ IV introduces a variety of new elements to the nation building strategy title including a 3D environment, religion, and a new civics model. Byte Press gave Civilization IV a score of 7 out of 10.

From the review:

There are now seven distinct religions in the game ó Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism. To prevent anyone from being offended, there are no bonuses or traits specific to any religion, except that each religion is tied to a specific technological advance, and the four later religions (Christianity, Confucianism, Islam, and Taoism) begin with a free missionary; however, this is more for game balance than anything else.

If a player is the first to discover a certain religion on the tech tree, they can "found" the new religion; a city with no religion or the newest city in that civilizationís empire becomes that religionís holy city.

What I find odd and unrealistic is that anybody, while the civilizations in which these religions actually appeared in real life are favoured when it comes to discovering a certain religion, pretty much anybody can found any religion. The only valid exception I found was Buddhism, which always seems to be the first founded religion in any scenario, and usually by the right people, namely the Indians.

But the fact is that religions have always been context-based, so you canít be Saladin and just happen to stumble across Taoism, while researching philosophy. It simply makes no sense.

The full review can be found at the link provided below.

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