Civilization IV

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VideoCivilisation IV wins Grammy Award

Wins Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) category.

FeatureA Civilized man

Sid Meier talks to Eurogamer.

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Civilization celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, marking it as one of the most successful strategy game franchises we've ever seen. Its popularity hasn't waned either. If you look at the list of top played games on Steam right now, you'll likely find both Civ 6 and 5 holding their own. This series is huge.

Feature25 years of Civilization: We talk with Sid Meier

"It's outgrown me. It's outgrown any one person."

Looking back across the Civilization series, things have changed dramatically in the 25 years since the first game hit shelves and set the benchmark for what it means to be a 'strategy game'. In that time we've seen Civ titles jump from 2D to 3D, introduce mods, online multiplayer and perhaps most importantly of all, hexagonal tiles. However, one thing has always remained a constant. One person has been there throughout this entire journey.

Civilization 5: Gods and Kings Preview: Restoring the Faith

FeatureCivilization 5: Gods and Kings Preview: Restoring the Faith

Firaxis' expansion reintroduces some of the series' complexity.

By the time Firaxis had pumped out Civ 4's second expansion, Beyond the Sword, the legendary history-builder was as tight, wide-ranging and complex as it had ever been. No small world wonder, then, that when a trendy, slim-line Civilization 5 scooted in on a pair of wheelies and did a 'Fonzie-point' with thumb and forefinger towards newer players some Civ acolytes elected to stay behind.

For many, systems like Religion and Espionage had become part of the bedrock, as integral to Civ as the desire to crush those bastard Romans. It was seemingly impossible for some to go without the complexity, hexagons or no. With Gods and Kings, then, Firaxis aims to let Civ 5 emit enough cultural significance to retake the allegiance of the players who currently sit beyond its borders.

First on the agenda, then, is the reintroduction of religion. Could this be the point that we can answer the enduring question of 'Which religion is best?' without resorting to the 'Well, my one, obviously' default?

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Sid Meier to create an MMO?

Strategy legend is "exploring the possibilities".

Firaxis boss and lord of all Civilization Sid Meier has revealed he's working on ideas for an MMO game.

PC gaming "should be like Punk Rock"

Spore developer loves its variety.

Former Civilization IV designer Soren Johnson, currently hard at work on Spore, reckons PC gaming "should be like Punk Rock" for developers - rich with variety.

Civ box set coming to Europe

Yours for just 40 quid.

Take-Two has confirmed to Eurogamer that a new box set containing all the Civilization games, plus a bundle of extras, is coming to Europe.

Civ IV to get new expansion

Civ IV to get new expansion

Warlords due out this summer.

It seems Sid Meier has found time in his busy schedule of producing games about pirates! and railroads! to develop an expansion pack for PC strategy title Civilization IV.

The expansion, which is called Civilization IV: Warlords, features brand new units, which are called warlords. It'll feature some of history's greatest military leaders in six new scenarios, giving you the chance to change history.

You can take control of an ancient Chinese kingdom, or fight in the Peloponnesian wars. Alternatively you might like to join Alexander the Great as he attempts to conquer Persia, Egypt and India, or become ruler of the vikings and set out pillaging the whole of Europe.

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FeatureA Civilized man

Sid Meier talks to Eurogamer.

The eponymous Sid Meier and starlet Firaxis designer Soren Johnson are putting a brave face on it. "It's good to travel," says Johnson blearily, "but I think we're really looking forward to getting home."

New Civilization IV demo

Try out Sid Meier's latest epic.

Firaxis has released a new demo for Civilization IV, the latest instalment in the hit turn-based strategy series - and it's now available for download.

Meet Civ creator Sid Meier

And get him to sign your game.

Videogame legend Sid Meier is heading to London next Friday - and if you get yourself down to HMV Oxford Street, you can meet the man himself.

Civilization 4

Civilization 4

Be Civil. Itís the right thing to do.

I've done loads today. In total: one cup of tea, brewed. One piece of cheese on toast, prepared. Two bladders, emptied. And then hours of the rise and fall then rise again of Spanish Taoism.

Itís terribly moreish, this recapitulation of human history in a turn-based format.

Itís always been - to use that most devalued of gaming terms - addictive. Addictive. Itís something games reviewers throw around without really thinking about, with colourful metaphors describing it in terms of something you could base "Requiem for a Dream II: This Time It's Got a Joypad" about. Itís mostly posture, and it takes something like Civilization to show how much thatís true. Theyíre not addictive. Civilization is.

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Civ IV info, pics

New features, modding options.

Sid Meier - well, someone who works for him, anyway - has unveiled more details of the latest instalment in PC real-time strategy series Civilization IV. There are some new screenshots, too, which can be found here.