Summary: I have read all the other reviews of people having difficulty to run the game, but bought it anyway. I am such a Caesar 3 addict, that I had to have this, even if it is buggy. So I got it and started playing, and it looked great. Then it started crashing. I got the patch, which refused to install, giving me a message I'm running the wrong version of the game. Got the other patch, but it is doing the same.
Summary: I bought this with much excitement as I love the other Caesar games. My system exceeds the requirements of this game yet I cannot get the game to play with graphics. I called customer service and they told me to upgrade my video card. I have the top of the line Nvidia GE Force 4, but I stupidly listened and after four hours of work and a system restore later. I can still Not play the game.
Summary: A greatly improved version of C3 but with one of the worst interfaces in the gaming world. I even purchased a new hard wired custom gaming mouse to make the game playable...without success. Bottom line is don't buy this game unless Sierra/Tilted Mill improves the interface.
Summary: Very pretty, if you can keep it working long enough. Before you spend your money, I suggest you check out the official forums for the game. They're flooded with technical fault reports. The "fixes" often include suggestions to roll back drivers, turning off graphics features (!), reformatting the PC (!!) etc. I've personally made numerous configuration changes, on a well above spec machine, and the game still crashes at clearly defined points, making the game unplayable.
Pretty disappointing. Crashes, delays and usability problems.
J. Detzel, Amazon
17 November 2006
Summary: I started with Caesar2 back when it came out. I played it for hours and hours and loved it. When Caesar3 came out I bought that too and loved it even more and spent even more time playing. Both Caesar2 and 3 rarely crashed. Things have changed! I'm spending more and more of my time restarting Caesar4 than I am playing it. About 8 out of 10 times that I access the area where you trade with other cities it crashes.
Summary: Well, it sounds like a great game, but after five hours of upgrading and downloading all of the specified programs and upgrades, I couldn't get the video to work at all, couldn't get technical support at all, and I gave up and have returned it to the manufacturer. a great disappointment because i love and still play the previous versions.
Brain Dead Programming--Thanks for the lousy Christmas
Frank Bartus "fabartus", Amazon
25 December 2006
Summary: The programming and management team developing this game seem to be more interested in selling High End video cards rather than producing a game suitable for the mass computer PC market. Apparently we're all supposed to go out and buy the latest greatest video cards to run a simulation game. Not! For whatever reasons, after having to go downward in the opening menu and add new direct draw and My SQL, etc.