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: 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: 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: 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