For a bunch of (what I'm assuming are) relatively history conscious people, I am shocked at the fact that nobody here remembers the past enough to try to avoid repeating it. When Civ IV came out, it was called the worst in the franchise, ripped apart left and right, etc etc. The fact of the matter remains that I loved Civ IV even before BTS, and I loved it right up until today when Civ V unlocked. Now, I read everyone saying the same and worse things about Civ V. I sincerely don't understand what people were thinking - clearly, with 1upt and hexes this was going to be a VASTLY different game from Civ Iv, and yet alot of people are upset by that very fact. The fact for me is that Civ V feels exactly like how a new civ game should feel on release day. You can't stop playing it and when you are done you sit there and try and compare it to the previous game before you finally just realize that you can't because you aren't meant to, and it makes you even happier knowing that now you have two iterations of Civ that at any moment you could play if you really wanted to. Since everyone else was so quick to judge, I will as well: I love this game. And I can tell that I will for years to come.