I can't quite put my finger on this game. When Civ IV came out, it was so different (for the better) from Civ III that it blew me away. The annoying things about Civ III were finally gone, and the game play didn't stagnate and felt fresh. Civ V, though, man, I just don't know how to express this. The game seems to be almost "boring." I'll probably get flamed for this, but this is the opinion of a hardcore Civ fan. I feel that the game just bogs down too much with tedium or its so fanatically insane with the AI's that you don't know which way to look. The happiness system doesn't seem intuitive to me anymore. In the past, I knew exactly what I needed to do in order to make my cities happy. Now, it's a mixture of things, and maybe this is my fault for not understanding it completely. Civ III, you knew your marketplace would provide extra . In Civ IV, you had other buildings that increased your by what resources you had, which I thought was a great addition. I'm not sure why this has been devalued. Food and gold seem to be in abundance to most nations regardless of what you have and where you are; production is an issue though. Too often there is just little you can do because your cities are basically over-glorified farms. I miss religions and their absence just screams that people are more worried about offending people than offering a true picture of actual human civilization. I'm still playing this game, but once I get to the industrail age, it just feels like I've been doing my "job" as opposed to playing a game for several hours. It just doesn't seem "fun" so far. I'm by no means giving up; as I said, I can't quite put my finger on why I feel this way; Civ IV was just relaxing and fun to play and I lost so many hours playing the game. With Civ V, I find myself trying not to nod off from boredom. Maybe I'm just getting old. Flame away.