Way better than AI mode, all civs span units, upgrade them. I have 2x time plus civics and playing fast, not online on Emperor. with Rome declaring war as soon as I met any civs. Declared war to Brasil, America. Germany and Russia. I got Legionares after a pretty while, onegard and eques. Brasil wiped out. Russia was at war with German also, and conquered Aachem, But I put three Russian cities under siege, so they turned badly on me. On the opposite the USA front, almost lost a city. In 300 AD of continuos war from turn 10-20, Rome was -6 amenitis cause lost also the Colesseo build. Rebel musketman flod my civ, I managed to conquer four Russian city before they asked fot mercy, But it was strenuous, Intense fight, both attaccking and defending. Try my savegame to see with your eyes. All civs evenly spread. It was fantastic gameplay to this point, may be better than Civ V already. Excellent unit spawn, tuffs all the way. I have this Mods enabled: 35% Eurekas and inspiration 50 turn counterspy Delnar AI cleanup DLC Aztec Ethnic units for city states Gold resource Kinetikam 3 Moar units Norway buff R.E.D. Real science pace Real tech tree Time x2 All in one Tomathec religions Unit improvement *UIM PS. This mod is in Steam workshop. I hope the Author can make this content in the Mod board, as it is not, I posted it in general discussion.