Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword

We cant play multiplayer anymore :'(
Me and my friend have been playing this game for years. We were actually playing when gamespy went down. We both spent £15 each buying the game we already owned again from Steam to continue.
Now however although the game starts the lag is unbelievably bad... I mean it's totally unplayable... I never had any of these problems before I'm sure it is because of the steam connection. Does anyone have an idea of what I miht be able to do or are our civ 4 playing days over :( :( :(

p.s my computer isnt massive, it has 2gb of ram but it always used to manage civ 4 fine until the steam change :(

P.p.s the game works fine on single player, its just the multiplayer that is the problem but this was the only reason we bought the game again
Last edited by damianmccarthy666; Aug 7, 2014 @ 1:29pm
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keyloth Aug 8, 2014 @ 1:24am 
I have exactly the same issue, used to run smoothly but now it's lagging really bad, no matter what graphic options I change :( the lag is only there when playing online, LAN and single player works smoothly.
Same here: lags in multiplayer, and single player works without lags
Last edited by EvilLurksInternet; Aug 8, 2014 @ 8:46am
R0gueThund3r Aug 8, 2014 @ 8:09pm 
try using evolve or gameranger
1) Install cd version patch it to 319, dont apply steam patch.
2) If u gona have only 2 human players in the game, u can use multiplayer->direct ip from the game menu.
3) If u want to play with more than 2 u need to have some virtual lan software like evolve or hamachi. In this case u will need to use multiplayer->Lan games.

Thus u will play nonsteam version, and u wont have these lags.
Last edited by EvilLurksInternet; Aug 9, 2014 @ 2:21am
But as i understand it, direct ip doesnt work anymore now that gamespy is down... We used to use hamachi months ago but it stopped working...

Thanks for the help!
Last edited by damianmccarthy666; Aug 9, 2014 @ 6:42am
EvilLurksInternet Aug 9, 2014 @ 10:56am 
1) As i said direct ip works if u want to have only 2 human players in game.
2) Hamachi must work because u use lan, not direct ip.
Evolve is the answer, Game Ranger seems to have only a very small hand full of occasional players, I'm forming an Evolve group just for civ 4 bts players as well to serve as a social hub for networking games.
Dark Force Aug 10, 2014 @ 1:25am 
Same boat here.. hope to God they fix this soon. Talk about annoying!
damianmccarthy666 Aug 11, 2014 @ 2:52am 
Well some good news we seem to have got hamachi working with the cd version of the game :)
EvilLurksInternet Aug 11, 2014 @ 6:27am 
Meanwhile these good people figured out how to fix direct-ip.
Last edited by EvilLurksInternet; Aug 13, 2014 @ 7:53am
Skylark Aug 18, 2014 @ 4:03am 
I use Evolve, in Parties with Friends, and it works immaculately, whereas using Steam Servers would lags the seven shades of♥♥♥♥♥♥out of it.
pcm1123 Aug 28, 2014 @ 10:03pm 
Could you link to Evolve?
EvilLurksInternet Aug 29, 2014 @ 3:51am
You need to register a free account and install their client, then add dingus221 to friends, i will invite u to the main party. And that is the main group (nvm that it says civ5), you should join there too.
Niceperson Aug 30, 2014 @ 1:41pm 
Can I join too? :) Used to love CIV IV, never played Multiplayer and just fancy having my *ss handed to me a couple of times, keep my self esteem in check...
EvilLurksInternet Aug 30, 2014 @ 4:25pm 
well for new players its really much easier to find game on steam (on evolve rarely an ffa is hosted and in teamers nobody lets noobs since its pointless with them), only downside on steam is 4 players limit, and sometimes it is kinda laggy, but playable mostly, you can tho, sometimes ffas are hosted
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Date Posted: Aug 7, 2014 @ 1:15pm
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