If Civ is now an RPG then I'll grant it's a pretty fun game. Playing the leader of a Civ definitely has it's charms, NOT up all night charms mind you, but it doesn't suck. But if this is a strategy game than it's really so much more....It's a slap in the face with a velvet glove. It's a Ferrari with a two-stroke. Big potential, big joke. The lions share of the work, the work that will make this game functional, has been laid at the feet of the civ community. Very ballsy Firaxis, your stock holders collect the loot and leave huge amounts of heavy lifting to the guys who work for free Some calculating cold-blooded business. I mean this sincerely when i say: Firaxis, yours is a business model to envy far more than the product you develop. Kudos It helps to know the $50 I just shelled out wasn't for this bloated CPU pig but for the amazing stuff that's going to come out of this place. Sephi, Kael et al. I may be a jerk but I know which side my breads buttered on. Thanks for bailing this junk out. In advance. And finally I snivel like this because there is no way a strategy game(which costs real money) should be released with an A.I this cringingly bad. It's not even open for debate. So stop the sycophantic twitching and open your eyes. The A.I. doesn't understand tactics or how to function in a 1upt environment, period. At least with the SoD model the A.I. had a chance to overcome the programmers lack of talent, time or funding with brute strength. but not now. Playing Civ V is like chess alright. Chess with a monkey.