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Mastering Civilization IV – Starting the Game - Part V – Difficulty Levels (A)

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. In this article we continue the pre-game selection overview, discussing the Difficulty Levels.

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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 first real turn-based strategy ever. The latest PC playable version of Civilization 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. With game victory options described in “Civilization IV – Part I" article, and several the pre-game selections (choosing the map, the climate and sea level) covered, we wil now overview the effects of difficulty level.

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    Overview

    The developers of the game have done a serious job in challenging the advanced players. There are 9 difficulty levels in Civilization IV - much more than in the previous versions:

    • Settler
    • Chieftain
    • Warlord
    • Noble
    • Prince
    • Monarch
    • Emperor
    • Immortal
    • Deity

    The difficulty level you choose has a number of subtle but important effects on play – in almost every aspect of the game. Those effects are described below, categorized. Overall, the "Noble" level is a "fair" one - the AI and you play under same conditions. In the lower levels you receive "bonuses" over the computer and on the higher ones - the computer has advantages over the human. Survival on "Deity" level is almost impossible - but if you are really good - you can even win!

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    Barbarians

    On the lower difficulties, your units enjoy substantial advantages in combat against barbarian animals and units. As the difficulty increases, these combat bonuses decrease until they disappear entirely. Barbarians appear more often and are more numerous on the higher difficulties as well – and they start appearing sooner too.

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    Tribal Villages

    The results that you get from entering tribal villages also scale by difficulty. In other words, you are more likely to get something really good on the lower difficulties. Only on the 3 lower levels (Settler, Chieftain. Warlold) you have a chance of getting a Settler or a Worker from a village and the "The villagers are hostile" message will happen more often on the higher levels - especially when not using a scout to visit villages.

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    Research

    Techs are cheaper to research on the lower difficulty levels and more expensive on the higher ones. The computer always has the same "cost" for every technology - making it a faster "learner" on the higher levels.

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    More to come

    Beware, there are more effects of the playing level - which will be discussed in the next article!

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
  21. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Which Nation to Play in Civ IV – Japanese Empire
  22. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Which Nation to Play – Malinese Empire
  23. Mastering Civilization IV – Mongolian Empire in Civ IV - Choosing the Nation to Play in Civ IV PC Game
  24. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing Playable Nations – Roman Empire
  25. Mastering Civilization IV – Choosing the Nation to Play in Civ IV – Russian Empire
  26. Mastering Civilization IV – Playing as the Persian Empire in Civ IV - Player's Guide to Choosing their Nation in Civ IV
  27. Mastering Civilization IV – Selecting Playable Nations in Civ IV – Spanish Empire


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