Civilization IV: Colonization is greatly enhanced by its ability to transport you to a specific moment in history. The lush visuals make the land a joy to work, and the mix of indigenous, American, and European music sets the perfect tone. When you are marshaling your troops to send them against the might of a European empire and Aaron Copland's stirring version of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" begins to play, you'll be swept up in the spirit of the monumental conflict you've spent years preparing for.
Preparation and execution are both intricately wrought here, stretched over a campaigns that generally last at least ten hours each. Despite being demanding and time-consuming, Colonization is a great game that benefits from its keen focus, bargain price ($29.99!), and nuanced strategy.