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Mastering Civilization IV - Victory Conditions

by: johnsinit ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

It is widely known that Sid Meier's Civilization had become THE game when it was introduced. The "Civilization" had 7 editions, the latest PC playable version being Civilization IV. This series will guide you through the game. Part I deals with the most important thing in the game – victory options.

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    Introduction

    It is widely known and recognized that Sid Meier's Civilization had become THE computer game when it was introduced. It was the first real turn-based strategy ever. A new genre of computer games was invented and immediately had millions of supporters. Since 1991 there have been many turn-based strategy games. The "Civilization" itself had over 7 editions, with 4 considered "mainstream" - becoming the best selling PC series ever. The latest PC playable version is Civilization IV, launched in October 2005. For a computer game 3 years is an eternity - but not for Civilization series game – it is very playable and enjoyable today. This series will guide you throughout the game.

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    Winning the game

    We start with the most important thing in the game – the victory conditions. Unlike the first Civilization, where victory could be achieved by weeping all your rivals or constructing (and successfully launching) a spaceship, this advanced game has far more interesting options.

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    Conquest

    Well, of course as in all versions, the conquest is a victory. If you defeat all your rivals – you win. This may be possible when the number of rivals (that depends of the map size) is small, but very unlikely for a huge maps with 10+ opponents.

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    Domination

    Very close to conquest, once you control 75% of the world population and 75% of world's land area – you have won the game. Once again – it is easier with small number of rivals. This option also underlines the importance of constant growth and expansion policy.

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    Space race

    If you are the first to build all the necessary modules for a space ship – you are the winner. The required quantity of every module is predefined and becomes available after discovering certain technology.

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    Diplomatic

    Introduced in Civ III, the diplomatic victory is more realistic now. There is a "Secretary-General" of the UN who proposes resolutions – once in 2 years. The "World Leader Elections" are once in 5 years. If you have been nice to other nations they might vote for you.

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    Cultural

    For the first time in the series, a cultural victory is available. It is pretty hard to achieve – 4 cities with culture of 50000 and more require many World and National Wonders and certain percent of you budget going to culture.

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    Time (Score)

    If you are the leader by points in year 2050 – you will achieve victory. But don't count on it – probably some race will have it's spaceship ready before that…

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    Summary

    Those are the 6 options of winning in Civilizatoin IV. Which one is easier to accomplish – depends on many factors and will be discussed in the following articles.

Civilization IV - Guide To Sid Meier's Civilization IV PC Game

This series on Civilization IV tells you how to get the best out of the classic Sid Meier PC game. Game strategy and options are reviewed and disscussed
  1. Mastering Civilization IV - Victory Conditions
  2. Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game Part I – Selecting a Map (A)
  3. Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game - Part II – Selecting a Map (B)
  4. Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game - Part III – Climate and Sea Level
  5. Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game - Part IV – Map Size
  6. Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game - Part V – Difficulty Levels (A)
  7. Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game - Part VI – Difficulty Levels (B)
  8. Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game - Part VII – Game Speed
  9. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing the civilization - Overview
  10. Mastering Civilization IV – The American Empire in Civilization IV
  11. Mastering Civilization IV – The Arabian Empire in Civilization IV
  12. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Your Player Nation – Aztec Empire
  13. Mastering Civilization IV – Playing As The Chinese Empire - Choosing Your Playable Nation
  14. Mastering Civilization IV – Playing as the Egyptian Empire in Civ IV
  15. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Your Nation – English Empire
  16. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Which Nation to Play – French Empire
  17. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Playable Nations – German Empire
  18. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing A Playable Nation – Greek Empire
  19. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Which Nation to Play – Incan Empire
  20. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing the nation – Indian Empire
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  22. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Which Nation to Play – Malinese Empire
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  24. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Playable Nations – Roman Empire
  25. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing the Nation to Play in Civ IV – Russian Empire
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