My site's review: http://www.onrpg.com/articles/editorial/civilization-beyond-earth-launch-review/ 4/5. Fun factor initially outweighs the balance issues and their past track record leaves us assured that the initial building blocks of this game are going to come together as something masterful before too long. Except for AI, diplomacy, and storytelling which all hold the game back a bit. Roleplayers beware. Only an epic modding community has a chance of saving the game there. Still looking forward to re-reviewing it when the first expansion arrives.