Contemplating Civilization IV: Advice?

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#1 Posted by danno-27 (25 posts) -
Hi, I'm new to gaming but I really fancy a strategy game that involves simulating an empire and I've done quite a bit of Internet research and narrowed down my choices to: Civilization IV (I know V has just been released but I think IV seems easier to get to grips with, plus I think my computer is more likely to be able to handle its graphics). and Empire: Total War. I'm using a macbook pro with OS X Lion and soon to be OS X Mountain Lion when it's released if that makes any difference. I just wanted some advice and what you think my choice should be. Also, do either of these games require further expenditure with regard to endless expansions to make gameplay as good as it seems on the respective trailers?