I agree based on my experience so far. I just don't understand why they couldn't implement what they learned improving Civ4. No doubt this is dumbed down, and even worse, the player no longer has access to the information needed to make important strategic decisions. Heck, the game doesn't even have "automated workers leave old improvements" as an option! That is just one of many buzzkills in the game. But I still enjoy high level GOTMs for Civ4, and that is what I will continue to focus on until (if?) this game can be made into a worthwhile strategy game. Not as big of a disappointment as Spore, for sure--I'm sure I will log some hours in to this game--but there are a lot of problems here. A lot.