Friday, July 28, 2006

Civilization IV: Warlords

As I have previously noted on this blog, I am a big fan of the Civilization computer game. I have been playing it avidly since the original version was released in the early 90s. Am I the only history buff or historian who is in to this game? I am sure I am not alone.

The game is complicated with many ways to win or lose. You pick from a variety of cultures and leaders and from 4000 B.C. on attempt to build a civilization that will dominate the world. The new version of Civilization (Civilization IV: Warlords) adds new civilizations including Carthage, Celts, Korea, Ottomans, Vikings, and Zulus as well as access to new leaders such as Augustus Caesar, Shaka, Winston Churchill, and Ramesses II. The addition of the warlord unit also makes war a bit more interesting for those who like the slash and conquer game. (I normally play the diplomacy game.)

This version also comes loaded with a variety of scenarios. My favorite is the barbarian version. You can choose to play the barbarians. The only goal is to eliminate all vestiges of civilization from the world! If you can wipe out all cultures and perpetuate a permanent dark ages, you win! I have not been successful yet and my last attempt had my barbarian horde eliminated by the Zulus. (Those Impi units are more powerful than there stats would indicate...)

If you have a computer and like games, give this a try. Maybe you can change history...

1 comment:

Kathleenb said...

Try http://www.simaqianstudio.com/ for a lot of history buffs who like a lot of the Civilization games and such.