Year Released: 2005
Sid Meier has long been regarded as one of the most influential minds in the history of PC gaming, and Civilization IV may be the culmination of his brilliance. A tactically-advanced, turn based title focused on empire-building and resource-management, Civ4, wasn't simply directed toward the traditional methods of conquest like warfare; it presented technological superiority, diplomacy, and cultural dissemination as a means of establishing your global kingdom as well. This strategic diversity, along with a smooth 3D engine, and the downloadable customizations made the game one of the PC's signature titles, allowing players to rule a nation from the comfort of their desktop. With Civ4 the world truly felt like it was yours.