Initially my system wasn't handling the game, but after putting in the omega driver in place of the standard on for my nvidia geforce4 420, it worked like a charm. Then gameplay began. I have read a lot of smack talk saying all the things bad about the game none of which did I find to be of any truth or weight. Gameplay is great, interactivity is so cool. Its challenging and realistic, its fun, its fun and its a blast. Only reason I'm here right now is because I'm at work and can't be home still playing the game. So to the critics of civ 4 i say the same I said to critics of 3, you don't get it, you can't get it, just give up and go play max payne or some other 1st person shooter. The mother of all strategy games is clearly not your style.