Summary: Yes, this game does require a demanding set of hardware, but in these days it's actually fairly cheap to get good hardware and well worth it for many reasons. The gameplay is enjoyable and addicting and honestly I'm a huge fan of it, the graphics are a very nice touch that keeps me from getting bored. Do plan on upgrading right away though, the game is not stable until 1.2 patch is applied.
Summary: I have only played Caesar 3 and 4, but I think Caesar 4 is a much better improvement. There is only one major setback to this game, and thats the graphics. I have nvidia 8500gt video card with 512 mb of memory with sli (2, 8500 cards), ati radion 5200+ (dual 2.6), and 4gb of memory and I can only play this game on medium graphics! This game has great gameplay and is very fun, but if you are considering buying it, have a powerful system to tackle the demanding graphics.
Summary: Ever since I played Pharaoh and Cleopatra I have been addicted to city-building game and this game makes me smile. Despite some annoyances with rotation angles and the really small city maps (for the beginning missions)I enjoyed the new 3D look and if you have an awesome gaming computer, the shadows, lighting and passing day effects will look amazing. Overall, I was not extremely hooked, but it's a game you can definitely play in passing.
Summary: I guess I've had it about a month. I read all the reviews before buying Caesar IV and was a bit worried about bugs and graphics requirements. I have a three year old Pentium 4 3.0 ghz processor with a half gig of RAM and a Geforce 7600 256 mb video card. The game runs fine on the factory default settings. I have not felt the need to look at or adjust them. The game great and plays perfectly. No crashes or video problems at all. I have not played online yet.
Summary: after having played Caesar 2 & 3, this game was a delight. the full 3d rendering of a roman city is done marvelously. with 360 degree camera turning and changing weather conditions, this game looks wonderful.
Summary: I guess I'd be frustrated too if the game didn't run on my computer, but I've had no problems on my laptop (1.8 GHz, 1GB RAM)after toning down some of the graphic options, which still leave a reasonably stunning picture of my cities. As for the gameplay, what did people want? I was a huge fan of Caesar 3 when it came out, and then loved Pharaoh even more. This game plays true to the genre.