This patch is intended to bring the Mac version up to date with the PC version of the game offering a variety of fixes. Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords is the first expansion pack for the Firaxis Games' award-winning title, Civilization IV. Paying homage to some of history's greatest military leaders, the expansion delivers eight unique and interesting scenarios, giving players the chance to change the course of history with the help of their new powerful "warlord" unit. Civilization IV: Warlords includes new civilizations, leaders, units, and wonders that offer even more fun and exciting ways for players to expand their civilization's military power as they strive for world domination.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. If you are considering buying Civ 4 Warlords, carefully check the system requirements
to have smooth play, ensure at least 900 MB of ram extra for Civ 4 to run
(people with 1 GB of ram will notice pauses as the system will have to use virtual memory, this is true of windows as well)
I have run into some bugs with multiplayer (I mostly just play with one other person against the AI, so can not give feedback on 3+ person games) especially Out of Sync errors
with limited testing hardware available, not sure if it is a mac/windows problem specifically, but it doesn't happen every game (seems to depend on how many units are actively being moved by the computer in a round, which means it can happen late in games when wars are going on)
I've also had some very rare crashes of the game (also happened in the original Civ 4), fortunately in multiplayer, the other player can just save, or wait for you to reconnect, no lost turns.
To play over internet, if the host has a router, you do need to open several ports in the routers firewall to allow things to work correctly (these are documented several places, I found them easily in a google search, www.portforward.com for router instructions)
now for the real review:
Good improvements to the war & battle sections of the game, the AI's are noticably more aggressive than in the original Civilization 4. If you wanted a more aggressive Civ 4 experience, pick up this expansion.
more countries, more AI's, more units, addition of Vassals
the single player has totally new types of gameplay
there are many 3rd party maps, new units and mods available from places like civfanantics.com (so far everything I've tried has worked without any issues specific to the mac version)
If you have liked civilization in the past, and have a relatively new computer with plenty of ram (I have 4 GB in this MacPro) I highly recommend it, your spare time won't be spare any more.
now that my inner warlord is satisfied, I can't wait for "Beyond the Sword" to be released for Mac.
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Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6/10.7
Requires the full version of Civilization IV for Mac OS X to play
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later CPU Processor: PowerPC G5 or Intel CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz or faster Memory: 512 MB or higher Hard Disk Space: 3.5 GB free disk space Video Card (ATI): Radeon 9600- Video Card (NVidia): GeForce FX 5200- Video Memory (VRam): 64 MB or higher Multiplayer: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Internet play requires broadband connection. Media Required: CD Drive
RECOMMENDED SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Operating System: Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later CPU Speed: 2.0 GHz or faster Memory: 1 GB or higher Video RAM: 128 MB
Apple original CPU's only, CPU upgrades not supported.
Supported Video cards: NVIDIA GeForce 5200, 6600, 6800, 7300, 7800 ATI Radeon 9600, 9650, 9700, 9800, X600, X800, X1600, X1900 Intel integrated video chipsets (GMA 950) are not supported