So far I am loving Civ V. I was really hoping it would be a "different" game than Civ IV as was Civ IV was to Civ III, and it delivered. Instead of me endlessly babbling, I'll post my pros/cons, and let me know if you agree/disagree! Pros: No more road spamming Only connect roads to connect your cities and leave the beautiful countryside alone. Tactical combat Not only no stacks of doom, but unit movement/logistics is very important in war - finally! No technology trading Slows the pace a bit but I love no longer having the AI spam techs to each other. Limited border popping Very nice/realistic that the entire continent isn't civilized anymore by 500 BC. Buying tiles is a nice new element to the game which really adds to the "interesting decision" arena. Resource limitations Not being able to construct 1,000 swordsman from one iron is finally here, and works great. Leader art Amazing! Excellent leaders, animations, music, and I love the native tongue of their dialogue with you. Overall graphics DX11 water, shadows, terrain, units - all gorgeous! MUSIC WOW - the mood it delivers (especially war time) and the scores with leaders is far ahead of previous Civ series. Cons: River art needs work Deltas look like blobs of blue goo in the otherwise gorgeous ocean. Too easy? I played my first game on Prince (neutral) and could go to war with anyone with ease and no fear for my cities. A tad worried about this, but maybe I just need to up the difficulty. Slow city production By 300 AD my capital still didn't have a granary, barracks, etc, and this was on standard game speed. I've read you can buy buildings instead - maybe that is the new Civ V way? Some graphical glitches These will be worked out over time. I finally got my 5870 now running in DX11 @ 1920x1080 with 8xMSAA and 16x AF and it is simply perfect. Can't wait to play this game for the next 5+ years and all the expansion packs. Sleepless nights and angry wife ahead.