Summary: I originally wrote a beaming 5 star review several weeks ago praising how excellent this game was. Boy was I ever proven wrong. This is NOTHING like past Civ titles. Even Civ 3 is better then this game!!
Summary: William Kerney wrote a pretty definitive negative review for Amazon for this title, just look his up, he's dead on. I just want to add my voice and vote to the naysayers of this game: Don't believe the Civ fans, this game stinks.
Summary: I bought this game on the recommendation of my brother-in-law, who has similar taste in gaming. Owning an Alienware gaming rig, I wasn't concerned about the system requirements--after all, this is a 3 GHz P4, with a GB of RAM, dual 200 GB RAID0 SATA drives, and a top-of-the-line NVIDIA video card.
Summary: I am angry that Firaxis released Civ 4 with so many bugs. If you buy this game expect: terrain turning pitch back, units dissapearing, and trees dissapearing. I wish I'd have spent my $40 on a completed version of Civilization 4 rather than this beta work-in-progress mess.
Summary: I'm sorry Firaxis! You're fired! Perhaps when customers stopped being customers and became consumers, businesses forgot their role. It is their role to bring together people and machines for the sole purpose of providing a product or service for the customers of this business.
Summary: This game is unplayable for a large percentage of users - I recommend visiting the CivFanatics forums (one of the largest Civ sites around) at [...] to get a sense of the disappointment many users are experiencing at not being able to play what otherwise seems to be a fantastic game.
Summary: 1. Most users whose computers meet the software's minimum stated requirements cannot get the game to work properly. [...] It requires a lot more ram and a much better video card than advertised to run. It either crashes or the entire map is black. No fun. 2.
Summary: This is the biggest disappointment I've had with a computer game that I can ever remember. If you're reading this, you've probably been looking forward to Civ IV also. Well, the publisher obviously rushed it out the door before it was done.
Summary: From what I've read, all users with Intel's line of integrated graphics cards are encountering black maps and weirdly blank animations (the Cheshire Cat effect). This is supposedly because Intel's cards don't support hardware T&L, which is secretly a minimum requirement to play the game.