Video Game Review: Sid Meier’s Civilization IV

Civilization IV is a turn-based strategy game made by Firaxis Games, under the direction of Sid Meier, the creator of the Civilization series of PC games. There are two expansion packs available for the game, Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword and Civilization IV: Warlords. In Civilization IV, you are the leader of a previously nomadic people who have decided to settle down a city in the year 4000 B.C. You begin with two units, a scout or warrior, and a settler. You are only able to see a small section of the world in the beginning, as you have not explored the rest of it yet. Once you have settled a city, you train a worker unit and use it to build improvements in your cultural borders such as farms, mines, camps, towns, quarries, wells, levees, and pastures. As your city’s culture rises, your borders will expand. Once your first city is off to a start, you can train another settler to build a new city elsewhere, to expand your empire. Train military units to defend your lands, and to fight off barbarians who will attempt to destroy all civilizations. As you progress into the game, you will meet other civilizations, whom you may peacefully coexist with, or declare war on and capture/destroy. Your goal in-game is to expand the most you can, and be the most successful civilization on the planet. In the late game, you can build parts for a spaceship and go to space, winning you a Space Victory. Or, if space exploration isn’t your thing, you can win a Conquest Victory by capturing all other civilizations and ruling all of the Earth. If you’d rather not fight to win, you can be voted into winning the game by other civilizations with the in-game United Nations resolution. Civilization IV is available on Steam for $19.99 and the expansion packs are available for $9.99 (Beyond the Sword) and $4.99 (Warlords). I highly recommend you play this game, as it is a very interesting strategy game and although it may be hard to learn, it provides hours of entertainment. I myself have logged 127 hours of gameplay! I give this game a 10/10 and I hope you can too.

-Samuel, age 15

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