Created by Sid Meiers, the Civilization series has long been a strategy fan favorite and the defining example of the 4X genre. Civilization IV, along with all of its expansions, takes everything that made the series great and refines it to perfection. No other game is more likely to cause one-more-turn syndrome in its players than Civilization IV: before you know it, you’ll have played deep into the middle of the night, only stopping when you realize that you have to be at work in two hours.
There’s something very entertaining about growing your chosen civilization from its prehistoric roots all the way to global domination in the space age. There are plenty of ways to win, be it through military conquest, diplomatic cunning, technological supremacy, or cultural ascendancy, and each avenue to victory is as satisfying as it is difficult to pull off. Along the way, you’ll negotiate with a particularly strong AI that is just as likely to nuke your capital than open up a trade route with you. Civilization IV is a masterful game that every gamer should play.
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