As long as they don't make us wait for Hotseat like the did for Civ V, I am quite excited. I have played Civ for a long time, including spin offs, etc. My wife and I have played Civ together since Civ IV (not counting FreeCiv), and it is one of those games we can play together on the couch (on the television via a HDMI Cable) after the kids goto bed. This is a big reason I want to make sure there is Hotseat (at launch) before I pre-order because, frankly that's something that I think is a must have feature. As for the game itself, many of the new features are things that either my wife or myself have commented on wishing existed in the game. I've often wanted smarter barbarians, which this seems to fit the bill. There are other things, but I did like 1UPT, although the hybrid of the Army System from Civ III is a nice touch. With a hopefully much smarter AI as well, I expect to clock a lot of hours into this one. Of course, that all depends on Hotseat being available, because I will skip it until it's bargain bin otherwise.