• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Oct 21, 2003

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. In spite of its disappointing graphics, it's the best strategy game I've played all year. [Holiday 2003, p.110]
  2. 85
    Some minor game balance and bug issues aside, it can't be denied that this title provides an addictive experience against demanding foes, using a range of spells, skills, abilities and units.
  3. A highly streamlined sequel that shifts the series' focus away from management and diplomacy to surprisingly fast-paced combat.
  4. The somewhat high learning curve and other minor issues shouldn't be a reason to miss out on it. The game's appropriate pacing and good AI should be more than enough to provide you with challenging and addictive gameplay.
  5. It lacks the character of the previous versions. Its stripped down war engine and laser-like focus on battles ends up preventing it from being a classic.
  6. As the pedigree of the series suggests, Warlords IV's AI plays a very mean game indeed. The different difficulty levels are well balanced, going from a pushover at the easiest setting (good for getting to grips with the rules, and what constitutes a good army) to a very real challenge at the upper ones.
  7. An orcload more of the almost anachronicstic same...It's simply Warlords, the best damn hardcore computer-fantasy-wargame series out there. [Jan 2004, p.66]
  8. I found myself loving this game and playing until the sunset. The gameplay has few flaws and is packed with action and strategy. The game's simplicity should not fool you into thinking the game is easy.
  9. 75
    Hardcore fans will find a lot to like, but until the AI and balance issues are fixed it remains merely a good game but one that falls a bit below expectations.
  10. Doesn’t live up to its illustrious predecessors. So many changes has cost the game its identity.
  11. 73
    The battling is appealing for a while but soon becomes a bit repetitive. Fortunately the game’s graphics are nice-looking and crisp and the sound (especially the music) is excellent.
  12. A fun, quick, stripped down turn based strategy game. Instead of placing emphasis on hardcore micromanagement, small worries like resource gathering and the like are taken right out of your hands and exchanged for some slight action.
  13. There is an undeniably addictive quality about this release, but it is so far overshadowed by the shallow nature of the gameplay that its power to enchant will be tested with all but the most ardent groupies.
  14. Although Warlords IV is by no means a horrible game, it's something far more damning: strangely joyless and conspicuously missing the spark of enthusiasm that often manages to find its way into even the worst of games.
  15. 33
    You practically need a magnifying glass to spot your tiny units on the map. [Jan 2004, p.67]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Nov 26, 2010
    This has become one of the great games in the Warlords series. Patch 1.05 makes this one of the most challenging and hardest games I've ever played. The bugs are gone and the strong AI is in and if I know many of you out there reading this that is what you want to know about most is how good is the AI? Well it will stomp you on just medium difficulty time and time again. You'll need some strong retinues to get to the higher levels of difficulty also. Great game buy it if you can still find it. Full Review »
  2. BlueMeanie
    Jun 17, 2006
    The game itself is ok, but the earlier versions are much more fun to play. save some hard drive space and play warlords 3.
  3. JedrzejM.
    Nov 27, 2005
    Definiately the most original and refreshing installment of Warlords. Very nice graphics and sound, well thought-over gameplay, decent replayability and very long campaign makes it a compelling game, not only for Warlords Junkie. Full Review »