• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Oct 21, 2003
Metascore
73

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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. 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.
  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.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 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
    10
    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 everThis 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
    3
    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
    7
    Definiately the most original and refreshing installment of Warlords. Very nice graphics and sound, well thought-over gameplay, decent 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 »