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: First I'll tell you what I liked. Yes, I did have to lower the graphics' settings even though I bought a new computer(and a good one at that) a month after buying the game. Their graphics were still good, and the scenery was more realistic. I like the way the services work. No more having to remember what direction someone walks after leaving a building so that you can guarantee coverage. It's much easier to work the markets and distribute coverage of different services.
Summary: the graphics are nice, but the 3-D views are hard to control with the right click panning. i end up just building from the top down view, still with dificulties rotating. but as mentioned, this game has horrible lag. even with 2GB of RAM and a decent CPU the game is too slow to pick up on second clicks or sliders.
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 would like to give you a review of the game, but I can't. I've barely gotten to building the second city and THE GAME KEEPS CRASHING ON ME!!! Be warned. I've never had trouble from a game like this before. What little I have got to play it, I agree with the annoyance of all the submenus and having to click several times before a building stays put. It makes me long for the simple days of Caesar III.
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 this game for a few days now, and I find it to be clumsy and difficult to work with. I really liked Caesar III, as I felt I could really get a strategic sense of what I was doing in a mission. This game feels just too big to get anything done. Certainly it could be said that the graphic improvements are legion, but does it improve the play of the game? For me no, it makes it worse. I would download the demo and try it for yourself before buying this game!
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