Here are my thoughts - a guy who plays a LOT, but only ever plays the "truly worthwhile" titles that give me hours upon hours of gameplay in an "open" world that can suck me in for a good while, games such as Oblivion, Skyrim, FO3 & NV, GTAV and obviously Civilization series, with a few exceptions, such as DAO... - or a "conservative ignorant A$$ who knows nothing of good games", as my over 500 games on steam owning gamer friend says. Anyway, I liked how they did the announcement. No year long hype and releases of tidbits of information, of which half is BS (like say with Skyrim), instead an announcement just half a year before release with a meaty showcasing of the game, what is it about, what to expect, with no BS that sounds too good to be true. Or at least I got such an impression. In short, the game seems to me like "Made a few not so significant improvements, but mainly we added loads of stuff", which is more often than not better than "We revolutionized/redesigned everything AKA dumbed down even more". Again I liked the fact that I didn't notice anything him telling or showing, that would be too good to be true. The whole build your village is completely unnecessary for me, I like having a shack where I can mod, upgrade and build weapons and such, but my own apocamansion? Planting seeds? I'll probably pass. BUT I can see it having a big audience with other players, nor will I complain about too much content. Same thing with companions, nothing I saw suggested it being so improved, that I would bother. Never liked it in FO3, NV, Skyrim nor will I like it in FO4. It's ugly, clumsy and awkward, plus I'm a loner, but again, I know people like it and demand it, nor will I complain. Didn't see any improvements with physics, characters still moving awkwardly etc etc. Same engine, however they abbreviate or "improve" it, and same bugs, limitations, problems will persist. Overall can't wait to play! You are so right.