Summary: I don't have a lot of experiance with it yet, so things may improve over time. It was a lot easier to place roads and buildings in Caesar III. It was also easier to move around the map. One good thing is that there is a lot more variety of things to grow, manufacture and sell, though it makes managing things harder, but that's okay.
Summary: I bought this game because I bought and loved Caesar I, II and III. I've spent countless hours playing Caesar III. I'm now about five or six hours (six scenarios) into Caesar IV and, while I'm not horribly dissapointed, I'm not thrilled either. Most of the work seemed to go into a new "3-D" camera that allows you to zoom around and view things from different angles and/or view the inner workings of buildings.
No Caesar III, Feels like Caesar II - not worth it...
8 January 2008
Summary: Yes, the graphics are prettier and they added a few ideas and enhancements, but the actual game play feels like its taken a step BIG backwards. I LOVED Caesar III and I was thrilled when I heard about Caesar IV. What a disappointment. Oooh yeah, they added pretty graphics (which my super computer is having difficulties with!) and took away the best parts of the game that i enjoyed like easy mouse controls and such.
Summary: I had purchased the previous version, Caesar III and totally loved it. I was expecting to love the newest version as well. Unfortunately I did not find it to my liking. The graphics are beautiful. But I had trouble controlling where the cursor moved and struggled with the placement of building, roads and gardens. I had hoped it would be similar to the previous version. I enojoyed the new features and special effects.
Summary: The Caesar heritage, as well as the "spinoffs" (Pharoah and Cleopatra) set a high standard for this series of games. Unfortunately, Caesar 4 had a different design team than the previous Caesar games, and as in many (if not most) cases where a new Studio takes over someone else's idea, they just didn't "get it" (the "it" being that indefinable thing that made the previous games so popular).
Summary: As others have said, this was a much-anticipated game. I played Caesar II and III and was extremely excited when I heard that IV was coming out. What a letdown! I didn't have any of the installation errors that others have mentioned, and I haven't had the game crash on me. However, the game is unplayable on my system - which is only a year old - unless I turn down 90% of the advanced graphics.
Summary: Having had hours of fun playing the previous incarnations of Caesar and also Pharaoh and Zeus, I was really anticipating this. Unfortunately, as with Age of Empires III it's a case of poorer gameplay for the sake of not very impressive 3D graphics - and my PC is relatively high spec. Sad to say this is one Caesar too far and I'll stick to the (in my opinion) better graphics and gameplay of the previous version.
Summary: I've played the game many times and am frustrated every time I play it. As you build your city, buildings are burning up all over the place. The game doesn't give you enough time to build an infrastructure before the armies of Rome are coming to depose you. When you click on an item, it sometimes takes several clicks before the game responds. How frustrating! The visuals are good, but I just find it very frustrating. Give me something that doesn't create as much stress.
Excerpt: One of the best and the most popular city building games comes back as Caesar 4. The first city building game I tried was Caesar 3, then Zeus, Pharaoh and Cleopatra. All of these games seemed to have almost the same style of gaming. This game which features some of the Rome's finest buildings and technologies of that time seems to be making an impact yet again, but it isn't as big a game, and there existed not much to choose from.
Pros: graphics, sound, Roman architecture
Cons: difficult, boring after some games, not much to choose from
Excerpt: Então minha nota é esta, apesar de ter uns bons graficos o nivel de dificuldade é muito alto, estou na fase 6 da republica e as duas cidades que tem são muito dificieis, quando vc cumpre um objetivo ai vem fogo destruição em massa acabei desistindo de jogar, sendo que é algo para distrair acabou para mim sendo uma frustação, um abraço a todos