Civilization 5 Tactics and Strategies

This post will outline and detail strategies, tips, tricks, cheats and tactics for Sid Meier’s Civilization V (Civ5/CivV). Call it an FAQ of sorts.

Let’s get on with it, shall we?

Some quick observations:

  • Open borders allows you to surround an enemy, then attack. This works wonders later on.
  • The trebuchet seems a bit overpowered, and is definitely the best way to attack cities.
  • The easiest way I know of to skip the first intro movie is to simply rename “Civ5_Opening_Movie_en_US.wmv” to something else.
  • Alternatively, edit the “usersettings.ini” file found in “My Documents\My Games\Sid Meiers Civilization 5\”. Make sure to change “SkipIntroVideo=0” to “=1” on line 15.
  • For a copy of the English manual for Civ5, head here
  • How to turn on workers automatically keeping improvements
    In the My Documents folder go to the Civ V folder and then look for the “usersettings.ini” file.

    There is a setting called AutoWorkersDontReplace. Change the value from 0 to 1.

GRID Cheat Codes

Note that while these cheats may unlock cars that you want to own, the only one I would recommend is the Pagani Zonda R, for use in your first season.

Here’s why: much of the money you get from this game is through sponsors. When driving any of these cars, you will not get any sponsor money, as they are all ready “branded”, to use the GRID term.

That said, it’s pretty neat to unlock all of the drift cars as I find those events next to impossible, and some of you may find that having the muscle cars unlocked is a nifty trick.

Finally, if you want to race the car you’ve unlocked and have the money, you can actually purchase a new car, brand it, slap some sponsor logos on it, and you can race that to you heart’s content while being showered with oodles of dough in the hopes of signing some million dollar rookie.

Good luck!

TUN58396
– All drift cars

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– All muscle cars

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– Buchbinder 320si Livery

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– Free Pagani Zonda R

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– Play.com Livery

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– Unlock a BMW 320si for Use in Grid World and Raceday. Locked to Gamestation Livery

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– Unlock vans and you can race with them.Really fun.

Call of Duty 4 Stats Editor Download

OK guys – I know I got a lot of contacts, emails, and a few comments that got stuck in the spam filter regarding the location of the CoD4statseditor14.rar file I had mentioned earlier – it looks like the site serving the stats editor it got itself delisted from Google – my guess is for being overly spammy and having pop-unders…

At any rate, you can now download the Call of Duty 4 Stats Editor v1.4 from GameCopyWorld – still somewhat spammy, but definitely working.

Good luck guys! Hope none of your lost your CoD stats over the holidays.

Call of Duty 4 v1.4 Stats Editor for PC

Looks like some one has finally done it… I got wind today that there is a full-featured stats/ranks/perks editor in the wild for Call of Duty 4 v1.4

More info on this as it comes up, but I haven’t heard anything about a new CoD4 update, and apparently punkbuster doesn’t catch it…

FYI – the filename is cod4statseditor14.rar

Good luck trying to find it!

UPDATE!

I was able to find a copy of the file floating around. It contains a text file which reads as follows:

1 Private First Class 0
2 Private First Class I 30
3 Private First Class II 120
4 Lance Corporal 270
5 Lance Corporal I 480
6 Lance Corporal II 750
7 Corporal 1080
8 Corporal I 1470
9 Corporal II 1920
10 Sergeant 2430
11 Sergeant I 3000
12 Sergeant II 3650
13 Staff Sergeant 4380
14 Staff Sergeant I 5190
15 Staff Sergeant II 6080
16 Gunnery Sergeant 7050
17 Gunnery Sergeant I 8100
18 Gunnery Sergeant II 9230
19 Master Sergeant 10440
20 Master Sergeant I 11730
21 Master Sergeant II 13100
22 Master Gunnery Sergeant 14550
23 Master Gunnery Sergeant I 16080
24 Master Gunnery Sergeant II 17690
25 2nd Lieutenant 19380
26 2nd Lieutenant I 21150
27 2nd Lieutenant II 23000
28 1st Lieutenant 24930
29 1st Lieutenant I 26940
30 1st Lieutenant II 29030
31 Captain 31240
32 Captain I 33570
33 Captain II 36020
34 Major 38590
35 Major I 41280
36 Major II 44090
37 Lt. Colonel 47020
38 Lt. Colonel 50070
39 Lt. Colonel II 53240
40 Colonel 56530
41 Colonel I 59940
42 Colonel II 63470
43 Brigadier General 67120
44 Brigadier General I 70890
45 Brigadier General II 74780
46 Major General 78790
47 Major General I 82920
48 Major General II 87170
49 Lieutenant General 91540
50 Lieutenant General I 96030
51 Lieutenant General II 100640
52 General 105370
53 General I 110220
54 General II 115190
55 Commander 120280

And the program allows you to set the numbers for:

  • Score
  • Kills
  • Headshots
  • Assists
  • Streak
  • Death
  • Experience Points (CoD4 XP)

Seems like this lil nugget is brought to us by a team called “BONER” – thanks you wankers!

So basically this is the same as the Tsearch level-up stuff we had talked about when the game was released, but includes many other parameters to change. The tool will read current values for the items mentioned above, and allows you to change them while playing. Once you perform one of the tasks – headshot, assist, kill, etc., the value will go up a point, and when you have it set just below the mark needed for XP perks, or challenges, it will give it to you. You just need to exit the game, re-join another online game and go from there.

As has been reported in our comments, the easiest for XP is a free-for-all server, say one with 50 players max.

As for headshots, try a few sniper servers.

Happy Call of Duty 4 cheating!

Unreal Tweaker 3.5 Released – Make UT3 Faster!

Download Unreal Tweaker 3.5

EDIT: The source site appears to be down right now, but you can download UT3Tweaker 3.5 from Blandname!

Release notes:

Enhanced Graphics controls
Greater Control over the graphics tweaks has been added, allowing you to tick to enable or disable individual settings which are relevant to the Graphics.

Glossary
Whats the point of trying to tweak if you do not understand what the values mean? we at Biopaparat appreciate it can be a little daunting at first, which is why we have included a Glossary to explain what the graphics tweaks do.

World Detail slider bar decreasing no more!
We found the bug which was causing the world detail bar to decrease in game. this has now been ammended so please feel free to apply “Max Graphics settings” without effecting the World Detail.

The Application also detects your current settings.
somthing of which was causing confusion in version 3.0. before you would make changes, save them and close the program, and when you relaunched the application, they would no loinger be ticked, even though the changes were still applied. With the release of Version 3.5 it will detect all of your settings, including the colour of your crosshairs for example, and adjust the GUI of the application accordingly

CoD4 Walkthrough Part 4: Blackout

Kill the two soldiers standing guard outside the house, as well as the two within. Use the silenced M4 so they don’t hear you coming. Grab the laptop inside to secure a piece of intelligence (3/30). Follow your team and clear the next grouping of houses. Follow Price into a house and exit into an open field for a rendezvous with Russian troops. Follow your team up the hill and get ready to make use of your sniper rifle. Help out where you can, but kill the machine gunners when ordered. Follow Kamarov through a building and back outside. Take cover in the building from the troops charging down the hill. Make a run up the hill when you don’t see any more approaching and then help the Russians take the town by sniping enemy troops from your high vantage point. Continue up the hill to the power station. Rappel down the cliffside and jump over the wall. Head into the village through the open garage and take cover behind the desk to kill the three soldiers that exit through the doorway. Jump out the window and go up the hill to the marked house. Equip your nightvision while you wait for Price to take point. Go through the house eliminating the soldiers guarding the informant. Go upstairs and clear all the rooms, including a bathroom on the second floor which contains another piece of intelligence (4/30). A good habit to form is to throw a flashbang into a room before you rush in, it could save your life. Follow the team outside to escort the informant to the waiting helicopter.

CoD4 Walkthrough Part 3: The Coup

You’ll assume another person’s body for a ride in a car through a city. Watch the chaos on the streets with your almost 200 degree field of movement. I don’t know about you, but I get the feeling something bad is going to happen to you…

CoD4 Walkthrough Part 2: Crew Expendable

After the loading screen, you’ll be in a helicopter ready to board thefreighter. Kill the enemies in the bridge. Follow your team through the corridors, nabbing the laptop intelligence (1/30) from the crew quarters. Exit back onto the deck, and go down the stairs in front of you to follow your team towards the aft of the ship. The helicopter will kill the enemies shooting at you from the windows above and then report bingo fuel and return to base. Follow Price and the rest of the team through the watertight door, being sure to sweep both the left and right fire lanes. Head down the stairs and around the corner your team will come under fire from enemies down a hallway. Kill them and proceed to the red-lit area. Wait for a teammate to throw a flashbang into the area before heading through the door and killing two more crewmembers. Go up the short flight of stairs and kill the crewmember who appears from the right. Follow your team through the stacks of boxes to another door, which Price kicks in. As you go down the stairs, pick up laptop #2 from a table at the foot of the stairs (2/30). Move with your team, eliminating crewmembers on the catwalks above as well as ones hiding among the boxes. Flush them out with frag grenades and eventually you’ll clear the area. Proceed towards the blue cargo container. Grab the manifest (its the flashing clipboard) resting on top of the crate within, and prepare for all hell to break loose. Follow your team up the stairs to the catwalks, and don’t get left behind! Once on the deck, make a jump for the hovering helicopter.

UPDATE – CoD4 1.2 Patch Released

Call of Duty 4 has been updated once again – another fast update for this very popular game.

The official forum thread is at the Infinity Ward forum, but you can click on this link to simply download the file.

Addressed in this update – left/vertical lean offset glitch, and files have been modified in order to prepare for future mods – good to see them thinking ahead already as many players are still whining about non-issues like sniper rifles and such. This patch also includes the 1.1 update which addressed issues that had users losing ranks, profiles and XP when switching from ranked to un-ranked or modded servers.
No apparent issues with the CoD4 1.2 patch yet – I’m keeping my ears to the ground.

CoD4 Single Player Cheats

Here are some simple single player tips, tricks, and cheats for the Call of Duty 4 single player mode on PC.

Start up Call of Duty 4 single player, go into your options, and make sure that the console is enabled.

Press your ~ (tilde) key anytime you want to enter these codes in – you can keep entering them.
First off, type seta thereisacow "1337", this enables most of the cheats.

In order to pick a level, use spdevmap mapname

Here are some handy console commands that may help you through the game:

  • ufo – you can fly through walls to get places – be careful, this can mess things up a little, and you may get stuck
  • give – gives you an item. If you type give all, you will get all weapons
  • god – god mode!
  • demigod – god mode, but some things still happen like screen shaking and such
  • notarget – you will be invisible to enemies
  • give ammo – instant ammo
  • jump_height – allows you to change the physics in the game – like moon shoes
  • timescale – let’s you play with time – fast or slow
  • cg_LaserForceOn – laser sight, baby!