I have been playing around with the demo and have spent some time with all the playable civs. My initial thoughts are as follows: Its a lot of fun I haven't noticed much of a change in difficulty through the levels. I have played on chieften through to king (the second highest one I think its called king) and they all felt the same. I have just finished 100 turns on King difficulty and took all 3 capitals on my continent. For those with the full game has anyone else found its just not that hard? For those that are interested, I concentrated only on building companion cavalry. I built one worker. I pillaged for gold and farmed a few barbarians. I built no settlers. I built no roads. I stole workers. I had heaps of surplus gold due to focusing my citizens on gold. All gold was used to buy more units. I built no monuments but I built a granary. I made friends with Oslo who gave me food and then horses when I allied with it (achieved through attacking Egypt). Companion cavalry are lethal units capable of insane blitzkreigs across the map. I just used promotions to heal and move on and the ability to hit and run just seemed to make it all a walk in the park. Why can't my great general keep up with my forces? Aleander the great had a great horse...not a donkey! He should be able to attach himself to a unit. But I guess then it makes those cavalry units all the more fearsome. AI makes some strange tactical decisions. Like parking units within bombard range of 2 cities and not moving. Or attacking a city state, getting wiped out by me, then demanding that I cease relations with the city state and leaving the CS to their control! I would like some more feedback on what is going on under the hood. Ignoring the demands etc of other civs doesn't feel like it has any impact on anything. The AI is too reluctant to make trade deals. For no discernable reason they have turned down deals for 2 equal luxury resources + gpt sweetner on my part. That is a good deal I'm offering you Bismark! Overall diplomacy feels a bit light on unfortunately. Especially when you have a strong, mobile and invincible force of cavalry at your fingertips Immortals also seem to work really well in taking cities. Elizabeth had no answer to my insta heal packs of immortals and taking her capital seemed equally easy. What do pacts of secrecy or cooperation do? I have no idea and it seems to make no difference if I take them, politely refuse or tell them to go away. I actually like the look of the rivers. Most organic. Anyway, hopefully others with the full game can offer some feedback? I don't think I ever wiped out 3 civs within 100 turns on Immortal in Civ 4 and im no elite player here. Is it just that the companion cavalry are overpowered? Or does the AI just have no answer to the strategy of rushing units at it?