I just would like to throw IMHO out there in contrast with many of the other threads. I was very disappointed reading all the reviews, previews, etc, in the build up to Civ 5 that the Military was going to be the main overhaul. I liked Civ 2, Civ 3, and Civ 4 as empire building games which demanded city management. The Military seemed to work out well, better trained, better weapons, more units= militaristic play. That being said the switch to 1UPH was scary, and I was skeptical of the switch in game focus. I was worried my franchise of choice was going to switch focus from being an empire builder/City Manager kind of game to a War/War/War kind of game. That being said: As I have played Civ 5 I have come to LOVE what the Dev have done! Military matters, unit placement matters, unit production matters, strategic movement matters. I have found myself spending time outside of the city screen enjoying maneuvering, battling for key positions, and even thinking about combat itself rather than equations about combat! I have to give a round of applause to the dev of Civ 5. I never used to build any sort of army until late game stages, now I see the benefit. I never used to think of unit placement, or preservation of units (when you have 30 units on one stack, what does one rifleman matter?) now these are things which are inescapable. The dev wanted to bring expand the game and bring players out from the cities and into the world, and what a wonderful world it is.