Realism: Invictus is the Beyond the Sword version of the Civilization 4 mod that was formerly known “Total Realism” when it was being developed for Warlords expansion pack of Civilization 4. Our mod has been with Civ since the earliest days; it was, back when it was called just “Realism”, among the first comprehensive modpacks seeking to rebalance the game. For many years now, the mod continues its life and its evolution. For detailed statistics on what the mod adds, please check the features section.

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10

Great mod! Glad I could help by getting my dad's voice to voice act those research tech quotes (not all finished yet, you can only hear 4 or 5 of them in the mod at the moment).

10

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It's a great mod.
But not just because of the all mechanics, graphical improvements or other little things, but because it made Civlilization a interesting and challenging game.
I can't say, that I'm an expert in this game, but it was quite easy to win without much effort, even on 'hard' difficulties. I was able to win easily with a minimal amount of management.
But after I player first time this piece of art I understood, how lame was I. The thing that knocked me down the most was the barbarian invasion (mostly because it happener in early-game, while I was totally unprepared). Suddenly a dozen of enemies per turn were attacking my cities letting me die in pains after 10-15 turns.
It was so awesome, because (after many, many tries) I actually learned to predict it and prepare my armies. It might not sound awesome, but just the fact, that you can lose so easily, and both learn some complicated strategies and have fun with it, is great.
Many peapole can say 'but it was in the vanilla game too'. It's true, but it wasn't such a breakthrought like here, and the history teaches us, that civilizations based more on such breakthroughts, than on actual evolution.
And the songs are great. There is no great game without great music.

A very well balance mod that makes the game more diverse in your choices. Everytime that I start a game I get different challenges.
It always one more turn ..., that it is never enough .... I always want more.

Nice.

Why the duck do I need to be force to write a review? Can't I just say it's a good mod and be on my way?

Darn it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And not only that, it has to have more than 150 in length? That's stupid.

Ok, then, IT'S A REALLY GOOD MOD!
IT'S A REALLY GOOD MOD!
IT'S A REALLY GOOD MOD!
IT'S A REALLY GOOD MOD!
IT'S A REALLY GOOD MOD!
IT'S A REALLY GOOD MOD!

Fine? Are we done here?

This mod is very well balanced. Not too much, like C2C, but not too little like vanilla civ. It doesn't bog down the game too much, so you aren't sitting there looking at a spinning circle for ages. I appreciate that. One thing though, which isn't enough to justify a 9/10, it seems like it goes OOS quite often, so multiplayer isn't an option with much more than 3 people. Other than that, I like pretty much EVERYTHING about this mod.

Oh, and the goddamn barbarians are too hard. Pls nerf so they only attack once every 100 turns, with warriors.

.../s

At first, I thought this mod took itself too seriously, what with leader weaknesses and almost complete lack of alternate tech paths. But then I started playing it again. It's the largest mod to not include future-era stuff, which on second examination is a strength because it doesn't overexert itself. Most importantly, Invictus has the deepest combat system of ANY Civ game before or since. If we're lucky, Firaxis takes notes for Civ VI.

And War Elephants. Woe to whoever has to fight them off.

Perfect. In any way. Hope to see further patches and improvements.

The Best Civ4 mod out there that is close to history while still being true to gameplay.

10

Greatly thorough mod and great commitment to the game.

Great mod this is the best one i have played for Civ IV. Keep up the great work!

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