Civilization IV

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Sid Meier's Civilization IV
Release dates
October 25, 2005
June 30, 2006
Civilization IV at Steam Charts
Civilization IV at SteamDB
 Civilization IV at Wikipedia
Civilization 1991
Civilization II 1996
Conflicts in Civilization
Fantastic Worlds
Test of Time
Civilization III 2003
Play the World
Civilization IV 2005
Beyond the Sword
Civilization IV: Colonization 2008
Civilization V 2010
Gods & Kings
Brave New World
Civilization: Beyond Earth 2014

Key points

Advantage Mod friendly.
Advantage Active community.

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series
More information Official Downloads page (patches, SDK, etc.)


[edit] Availability

In-game general settings.
Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Retail DRM-free The Complete Edition contains no DRM. Individual versions of the game include DRM, but it can be removed through patches.
Steam Steamicon.png All versions available, including Complete Edition.

[edit] Versions

[edit] Original release

Current version is 1.74 (patch).

[edit] Warlords expansion

Warlords adds additional civilizations and the Great General to the game. Other changes include a vassal state system. Current version is 2.13.

[edit] Beyond the Sword expansion

Beyond the Sword adds espionage and corporations to the game. It greatly expands the tech tree, adds many new leaders and civilizations, and adds new buildings and wonders. Random events are added to the game. Beyond the Sword also installs much of the content from Warlords, however does not require Warlords. Current version is 3.19.

[edit] Colonization

Colonization is a remake of a classic Sid Meier game using the Civilization IV engine. Because it is a separate game, the previous expansions have no effect, and Civilization IV is not required to play. Current version is 1.01f.

[edit] The Complete Edition

The Complete Edition contains the base game, Warlords, Beyond the Sword, and Colonization in a single DVD. It contains an updated DirectX installer and contains no DRM. The individual games still require patches to the current version.

[edit] Essential improvements

[edit] Detailed installation steps

A very thorough set of instructions on how to install Civilization IV and its' expansions are available here.

[edit] Game data

In-game gameplay settings.

[edit] Configuration file(s) location

Windows %APPDATA%\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 4

[edit] Save game data location

Windows %APPDATA%\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 4

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native Base game and both expansions.

[edit] Video settings

In-game graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.png
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Silver.png See the WSGF page for a fix.
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable No option, but can be forced with external utilities. See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Unknown

[edit] Input settings

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Impossible
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller support Impossible

[edit] Audio settings

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Master, Music, sound effects, speech, ambience and interface.
Surround sound Native
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Native
Mute on focus lost Native


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Unknown Native
French Native Unknown Unknown
German Native Unknown Unknown
Italian Native Unknown Unknown
Spanish Native Unknown Unknown

[edit] Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Online play Native Requires GameSpy account.
Hot-seat Native 6

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Impossible
Self-hosting Native


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 2033, 2056, 3783, 6500, 6667, 28900, 29900, 29001
UDP (outbound) 2302-2400, 6500, 6515, 13139, 27900

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] DirectX issues

To ensure the original game and its expansions run properly, install the latest DirectX End-User Runtimes. This is not a problem with the Complete Edition, which installs the correct DirectX version automatically.

[edit] Compatibility settings

On Windows Vista and newer Windows OS', it is recommended to select Windows XP under compatibility settings.

[edit] System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 1.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent 1.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent/better
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.7 GB 3.8 GB
Video card (GPU) Video Card with Hardware T&L (GeForce 2/Radeon 7500 or better)
64 MB of VRAM
Video Card with DirectX 9 support (pixel and vector shaders)
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible

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