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  • Summary: In Caesar IV you govern a province (and most importantly its capital city) in the Roman Empire. Success yields political advancement, allowing you to take on a new challenge in another province, as you climb the ladder of power in ancient Rome. As city planner, you design and layout each city in detail, creating road networks to facilitate the distribution of resources, and to provide homes access to entertainment venues, healthcare facilities, fire protection services, and so on. Of course, you must in turn develop these industries and services to meet the needs of your growing population. You control your city's finances, and must quickly turn a profit in your new endeavor or face the wrath of the emperor. You must build a military force and direct the defense of the province against barbarian threats. You must establish far flung trade networks so the exotic wealth of the empire can flow into your province, bringing it fully under the Roman fold. As the city grows from a simple village to a bustling cosmopolitan city, so too do your challenges and responsibilities increase. To achieve your goals as provincial governor in Caesar IV you must consistently provide for your citizens' needs, keep them healthy, happy and safe... and on top of that satisfy the demands of the empire. Your ultimate goal is to rise among the political ranks of the empire, and become Caesar yourself. [Vivendi Universal] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. It has all the right components (quality gameplay, strong graphics and sound). Move over Civilization, there's a new emperor in town and his name Caesar 4.
  2. Fans of the franchise or new fans will be pleased with Caesar IV; it's a solid historic city building game with plenty to do.
  3. A fun city-building sandbox game, especially for those that like balancing a myriad of options like space, happiness, budget, resources, and political obligations.
  4. A shame, then, that much of your time is spent wrestling with a defiantly hobbled control system. [Dec 2006, p.76]
  5. If you can deal with its quirks, Caesar IV offers a stunning economic model that is sure to challenge even the best money managers while providing hours of play.
  6. If this game was a Roman and it was giving a speech in the Senate, I'm afraid it would likely get stabbed 18 times in the back by a bunch of conspirators just because it was boring all the Senators to death.
  7. A pleasant continuation of one of the old city building game franchises. The absence of slavery in virtual Rome reeks of political correctness, though, and the military part still leaves a lot to be desired. [Dec 2006]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
  1. JohnF.
    Sep 26, 2006
    10
    Welcome back Caesar! We have missed you. What a great game.
  2. JohnK.
    Sep 28, 2006
    10
    Brings back the feeling of Caesar 3, the greatest city game ever built. Ceasar 4 is a bit too complex with the city building it self, but the commerce, trade and all is perfectly balanced. Collapse
  3. Dec 6, 2010
    10
    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
  4. JustinM.
    Oct 6, 2006
    8
    Its fun and addictive, unlike that wonky CivCity game that has the tendency to glitch and never have enough jobs. The engine is prettier and lively, and the pacing is just right. But unfortunately, it is just another City Builder, so if you are not a nut for this genre, or history in general, you might be put off by it. Oh yeah, if you buy it retail, make sure to download the patch. Expand
  5. Jul 11, 2013
    5
    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 Expand
  6. MarkW.
    Oct 18, 2006
    4
    Decent gameplay as a city builder, but constant crashes and lame battle system keeps this game from being a great game.
  7. JohnT
    Sep 29, 2006
    1
    In no way does this game deserve a ten. It's the EXACT same as the rest of the Caesar series. All that Simon Bradbury ever does with his games is re-release them over and over with a slightly new graphics engine. Granted Caesar IV has the greatest change between it and Caesar III, but that's why I gave it a 1. Please do not reward the laziness of this man. Expand

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