Summary: They just don't get it. Stupid game with slow interface (I have a very fast computer). Difficult to manage the complexity with the screens given. Also, the resources screen quantities do not add up and the labor screen plebs needed vs have do not add up once you get beyond about 2,500 plebs. There is not enough game playing space in the scenarios as you are crowded onto small parcels of land and cannot expand beyond the given borders.
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: The graphics are more detailed, but Caesar III has amusing tirades by Caesar when you screw-up, these are now gone. The interface is slow although it doesn't crash on me, but trading doesn't work and is very frustrating. Other cities buy ony a few raw material items when I first open the trading route. Then they stop buying all together. Other cities will not buy any finished goods. Very frustrating.
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.
Summary: I have had this game for just 2 days. After finally getting it loaded it is SO slow I just don't have the patience. It crashed a number of times and the graphics are really awful as well. I have spent many hours playing other games (Emperor, Ceasar I and II, Pharoah and Cleopatra, Zeus, etc.) and loved them. I am really disappointed but I am giving up on Ceasar IV.
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.