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    Jan 12th, 2007 at 16:16:36     -    Civilization IV (PC)

    After playing the game for a number of hours (beacause i enjoyed playing and was slightly addicted) i discovered a number of new strategies, underlying complexities, and additional features i was previously unaware of in my initial playthrough.

    as a game of emergence, gameplay focuses, for me at least, at the beggining, on discovering new strategies, and devising new ways to achieve the nummerous victory conditions. one thing that i might consider doing, though it would take a lot of time, would be to achieve victory using each victory condition, and see which one i have the most fun playing.

    so in my initial victory, i would rate the fun-ness of gameplay as a 8 out of 10. the tactic i used (to achieve the victory condition of building a spaceship capable of reaching Alpha Centauri) was to maximize population growth in early game, collect many resources, ally with all factions, then focus on researching new technologies to out gun possible enemies and building the spaceship.

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    Jan 12th, 2007 at 15:25:02     -    Civilization IV (PC)

    Started playing because this is a popular series and I'd played very little of it before.

    Turns out however, that the game is very similar to Alpha Centauri, a game released by the same design team, Firaxis Games.

    Whereas Alpha Centauri is set in the future, Civilization IV is a historical game where you research technologies, battle rival civilizations, and improve your own.

    It took me a while to get used to the controls, there are a few new features that I wasn't used to, and some features, common to other strategy games, that were not present.

    Realizing that Civ 4 was so similar to Alpha Centauri, I was both disappointed and intrigued. Disappointed because I've already played through this genre and have become bored with it, but I was intrigued because as the new installment of the Civ series, it has a massive amount of new features, such as government civics, which allow you to choose between options for your civilization. For example, you can choose to have a civilization with a monarchy or democracy.

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