EDIT: Hello new peeps. This thread started as me just commenting on a few things in the game as I started my first game, but quickly descended into a pretty complete screenshotted playthrough with my thoughts on the game along the way. I started this with hope that it could encourage a lot of those concerned or disenchanted with Civ 5 due to the negative threads, which as I continue I feel are unfair and somewhat biased against what I believe is an amazing game. Thanks for reading and spread the word! Great Scientists are WOW. EACH ONE is like an Oracle from Civ 4. You can pop ANY tech with them that you have available to research. I love em! Perhaps OP but they're awesome I wouldn't be surprised if they get nerfed at some point. With Babylon's UA I can tear through the tech tree to Acoustics and unlock Freedom branch (Renaissance only) for my second policy, to get my Specialist Economy working early. The slingshot potential is mind-boggling, but of course you lose out on their other abilities if you pop the tech. Combat is fantastic. I'm in North America on an Earth map and was defending a choke point near a lake in the NE and the Germans kept coming at me but my archers tore them apart en route. With the line of sight, 1UT and terrain bonuses it worked a treat. Archers not being able to shoot two tiles into the forest etc. Feels really strategic even in that small scale early war. <3<3<3<3 Well done Firaxis! Top job so far!