I agree that ALL analyses are biased; we are human after all. But, in order not to veer too far from the DEEP analysis presented by previous posters, I'll just present a few more numbers to support my position that CiV is "not bad". Metacritic Scores (Users, not paid reviewers): Civ IV: 7.9. Positive/negative ratio: 3.3 Civ V: 7.0. Positive/negative ratio: 1.7 Civ G&K: 7.4. Positive/negative ratio: 6.8 Diablo III: 3.8 Positive/negative ratio: 0.6 (Another highly anticipated sequel, for comparison only) In the end this is just an ad populum argument -- as are most of the posts above. But I can't see any other kind to make for such subjective things as popular entertainment. Finally, I think it is too simplistic to divide opinion on CiV (or anything) between two "sides". Clearly there is a wide range of opinion on the game, but the consensus seems to be positive, i.e. "good". Yet the tone of posts here seems to be that there are connoisseurs with "good taste", and the rest of us blathering idiots. That's a pretty condescending position to take.