Reviews and Problems with Civilization IV: Colonization
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31 January 2011
Conclusion: Breach's visuals, like the game as a whole, are competent but unremarkable. The environments serve as adequate backdrops for the action but lack any details that would have made them feel authentic and alive. And when structures fly apart, debris soars through the air convincingly, but the destruction lacks any explosive flair.
Pros: Core shooting action is fun, Good assortment of game modes, Maps have nicely varied terrain.
Cons: Experience system makes earning perks and gear a grind, Unremarkable visuals and sound, Significant performance issues.
Excerpt: Some video games are all about quick, visceral pleasures: head-shotting an enemy from halfway across the map, shaving a second off your best lap-time, or KO-ing your opponent with a perfectly-timed fireball. This is not one of those games. Civilization IV: Colonization is all about long-term goals, about carefully forming a strategy and slyly putting it into action; it's about the heart-swelling pride that rushes over you when those careful plans finally fall into place...
Summary: There’s a ton of replay potential here, with four playable European nations and eight leaders, each with unique bonuses that can dramatically affect strategy, combined with a random map generator. Colonization doesn’t have much in common with the Civ games, but it definitely evokes a “just one more turn!” feeling that keeps us playing into the dawn’s early light.
Pros: Highly addictive gameplay, lush graphics, good automation features.
PC Review: Sid Meier’s Civilization IV – Colonization
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30 October 2008
Conclusion: Being an expansion pack, Colonization offers quite a lot to the table and will impress fans and newcomers alike with a new interface that’s easy to use. It may be getting a bit old and dated now, but it’s still a solid game that any strategy fan will love.
Conclusion: It took me awhile to ground my opinion of this game, but in hindsight I really can’t see anything truly reprehensible in this package. It has only the most minor of flaws, and even those do not take away from what is a truly remarkable experience. It almost feels like a sin to be getting this at such a low price. While it is among the most expensive games on the Wiiware service at the moment, I can testify that it is more than worth the price tag.
Conclusion: Colonization is unquestionably excellent, though the one complaint you could raise is that, while offering a different spin on Civ 4 , it is so similar as to sometimes feel restrictive in scope compared to its epoch spanning bigger brother. Nevertheless, this feeling soon fades when you realize the depth of gameplay is staggering, and to attempt more at this level would be foolish.
Conclusion: I was really battling on whether this game deserved a 8 or a 9 out of ten. I don’t take giving high scores lightly so I put in some extra time with Colonization and I just never felt like it had the overwhelming characteristic that deserved the top score. With that being said this is still a great turn based strategy game that should not be overlooked by fans of the genre for its extremely deep gameplay and strong economic system.
Conclusion: This is a great game, very much like the original one but with enough changes to keep things fresh for those of us who have been playing the 1994 Colonization for some 14 years. The main issues I have against the game are related to the fact that it feels somehow less epic than its predecessor. The map appears small even when set on huge and the timeline on Epic could use more turns.