Alright, I have been playing BE for some time and learned quite a bit about the game. It seems that Firaxis has really done a goo job of screwing this one up really bad. This game has been made far more luck based than Civ 5. Early quests and pods are incredibly powerful and pure luck. I had one game where I got 2 free purity points from quests. That is absolutely ridiculous. Hello gunners taking cities in 4 hits then combat suits vs gunners and marines... horrible mechanic here Outposts just sprout up right when you're about to settle. Horrible luck based mechanic which can literally ruin your start. Suddenly you need to make soldiers to take out this crappy outpost that's in the way. The aliens are completely stupid and far less of a menace than barbs. The AI is abysmal. Beating this game on the highest difficulty your first time through not difficult. Loads of features are blatantly missing from the game compared to BNW. Multiplayer is an absolute train wreck. It can take 6 tries to get a game going without crashing on load. Trade routes are mega powerful, wonders are mostly garbage. Affinity is the single most important thing in the game and you can get it for free from quests.. OK then... You find yourself teching completely useless techs to get affinity points because affinity is what gives you your best units. If you don't get free affinity points from quests you can find yourself 30 - 40 turns behind another player in terms of military units. Did I mention that getting these super powerful free affinity points is pure luck? Going tall is pointless, the health system is a joke, just make tons of cities and get up trade routes everywhere, they will all be massive in no time. 3 slavs in a 3v3 for 3 free techs anyone?? Wow, dumb It is quite obvious which starting benefits are best. Just get them. Titanium is crazy OP, 5 hammers for real right off the bat? Prosperity is clearly the best virtue tree going anything else will nerf you. 10% growth, free setter, free worker, worker efficiency, loads of health, border growth all wrapped into one package. Craziness. The only thing that can compare is might only because it gives a free affinity point. Affinity is the most important thing in the game.... CRASH CRASH FREEZE DROP CRASH FREEZE DROP Well there goes 3 hours of my life... It is hard to see how this game can be made on par with BNW mainly because core mechanics are completely wrong. The luck factor is MASSIVE in this game compared to Civ 5. No demographics?? Why? That made the game strategic. If I continue playing this game it will only be because Civ 5 now seems stale and old in comparison to the new content. However, Civ 5 is clearly a vastly superior game at the moment in every aspect.