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Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 6 out of 36

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  1. Dec 6, 2010
    The guy at PC gamer who decided to give this gem a 54 is one heartless bastard. This game is exactly what someone who has been playing the Impression titles from the start could ask for. It perfectly recaptures the same relaxing tension and excitement with breathtaking visuals and detail. Nothing is as satisfying and rewarding as looking at the living, breathing city that you created in this game. While the military aspect is still somewhat lacking, at least it's more elaborate than past iterations. The only problem is that even today it's very hard to run, looking at a whole city makes a modern gaming rig crawl. But even then you still go back to panoramic view as soon as you're done building, it's just too good looking. Expand
  2. Jul 11, 2013
    I have to agree with the negative feed on this game. It's one of those that you will either hate or love. For me, I didn't like it at all. After a few days of play, it got boring and repetitive. A rush it seemed to get things done as quickly as possible. Not much fun. If you want a good City Builder, avoid this one like the medieval plague and play Civ 4, Imperium Romanum or Grand Ages Rome. 5/10

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 80
    In terms of sheer strategic depth, there's not a city-builder out there that can match it.
  2. 60
    All of a sudden, instead of dealing with urban sprawl and water rights, you're tasked with using a bunch of poorly controlled, dim-bulb A.I. legionnaires to defend against invading hordes. Battles have nothing to do with tactics, being determined only by who has the bigger, better-equipped force.
  3. Online or offline, as a campaign or a freeform scenario, Caesar IV is an inviting game, easy to like and hard to stop playing. It's got a fairly forgiving learning curve, and it will rarely plunge you into the sort of economic death spirals that can make other city builders so discouraging.