Peng Qi -"Wait, how is this substantially different from the Civ IV culture win? Except I guess you didn't have to set a slider. " As I'm sure you know, the culture is accumulated in 3 Legendary cities. You have to make smart decisions about where to found those 3 cities. You have to make smart decisions about blocking off land from the other civs. You have to then decide will I have a 6 city empire or a 9 city empire? The answer will depend on a number of factors. You have to balance your production/economy while getting your minor cities to contribute as much as possible to GA's while really maximizing GA's from your main city. As an above poster mentioned you have to decide when to switch to full culture, there is only one right answer and it will depend on a number of factors. One turn less or more will result in you obtaining the win at a later date. You have do decide where to build the Hermitage, in which of my 3 cities? There is only ever one best answer, and it will depend on a number of factors. If a religion spreads to your empire relatively late you must decide if it's worth going for temples/cathedrals or if it will just slow you down. You have to be able to predict how many GA's you expect to produce for the rest of the game and that will affect what you do. You have to choose the best time to go into starvation, mega GA making mode in order to pop that last one or two GA's in order to get the earliest win possible. You have to manage all these things and you have to coordinate it so that all 3 of your Legendary cities reach the 50K (or whatever on other game lengths) on the exact same turn or you will have wasted culture and could have played the game better. These things I've talked about are how to win a culture victory as well as it can be done, not just how to win it eventually. Civ V does not provide this scope of decision making and monitoring and managing. In Civ V all culture sources just channel into one generic counter which ticks on up until you win, it is vastly and overtly less complicated and less difficult to do well.