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GiN Review - Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization

John Breeden writes:

"It has taken me far longer to write this review than normal, because try as I might, I couldn't get over the fact that a game with Sid Meier's name attached to it could be so bad. Even at the easiest levels, the game is ridiculously difficult to win, and requires a bunch of counter-intuitive play strategies for you to even stand a chance at ultimate victory.

Right off the bat, I'm not sure why this title was stuck with the Civilization IV moniker. It has nothing to do with Civ IV. You don't need Civ IV to play. And if you try to use Civ IV techniques when playing the game, you will lose. I guarantee it. It's almost like it's setup to be a trap to knock good Civ IV players.

But to the beginning. Colonization was a game that I was very much looking forward to playing. I played the original and it was a very fun game. Though it seems limited in scope compared to the sprawling titles of today, it was a solid game that had very good rules of play. In fact, it's the one thing that the developers of this remake probably shouldn't have messed with. Improve the graphics and sound, sure. But leave the gameplay alone."

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