Anyone looked at the global achievement numbers on Steam? http://steamcommunity.com/stats/CivV/achievements/ For all the hoopla about how easy the game is (I agree it is easier than previous versions by a wide margin) the stats are pretty neat to look at. Beat the game on warlord: 5.8% Beat the game on Prince: 4.1% Beat the game on King: .7% Beat the game on Emperor: .2% Beat the game on Immortal: .1% Beat the game on Diety: .1% Now i realize some people are against steam and likely play in offline mode constantly, but for all the complaining you hear on this forum, it seems there are exponentially more people out there playing and enjoying the game on the easier difficulty levels. Also, if you look at the % who have won on those levels, it isn't that high either (12-15%). As much as we love our civ fanatics community (I've lurked here for 5 or 6 years), the majority of players have likely never visited it and are blissfully enjoying a game on the easier difficulties I'm sure many players are like my wife, who loves to just keep starting over and playing the the first 250 turns over and over as they explore the different features of the game. Personally, I havent tried above King yet, but I have won a cultural and domination vicotory on king (and a science on prince for my first game). I'm enjoying the game alot even though I can see the holes in AI. I get the one more turn feeling for many many hours each night after work. I've got about 50 hours into the game according to steam (yes i play slow), and I havent been disappointed at all. I remember the AI was so easy to exploit in vanilla Civ IV as well, especially on the easier difficulty levels. Since it appears that even the vast majority of us on the forums are playing on Prince and lower (the < 1.5 % of the population who have beaten it higher than Prince shows that most of us have yet to beat it on king and up from a purely statistical standpoint, though if someone wants to actually do the math on that, please be my guest) I would say that the sky is definitely not falling at Firaxis HQ right now even though these forums would make you think it was. Just thought it was interesting to look at, as after reading hte forums here you'd think the entire player base has won on immortal or diety and decided the game was cake.