Have to wonder if maybe Sid is just burnt out of making new games? I loved Railroad Tycoon I (yip the original), was disappointed with RT2 and RT3 as both got close but failed to capture the enjoyment of RT1. Hence I was totally blown away when I first heard that Sid would be making a true new version of RT. But it seems ALL the effort went into graphics graphics graphics, not actual functionality. In RT1 you actually have MORE features than Railroads; a game made ages ok actually has more functionality. It seems the only thing placed into Railroads was graphics at the cost of real gameplay / challenge and sophistication. Similar story with Pirates, the original was well original and I clocked out many hours playing that one, and again was looking forward to Sids sequel released last year. But then again functionality was nearly identical to the original, no new thinking at all, all that was done was graphics graphics graphics. Similar to Civ4 as well, really what was made better from Civ3 than graphics? Realistically Sid is now catering for the mass market = has to look pretty, has to be simple, and cannot be sophisticated as confuses the punters. This is such a shame, as either Sid has burnt himself out making new games, or simply sold himself out. The later look we cannot criticize him for, as end of day he has made some great games and deserves to rest up; but really this is such as shame. I personally would love to see a game made where it was functionality challenge intelligence first, then graphics. Not graphics first then if there is time maybe some functionality, or which seems to be the norm now graphics, release, then patch in functionality. All that seems to be missing is some canned laughter and maybe a cute fluffy animal. Sid, I would always salute you, but when are you going to challenge yourself and some of your fans to a real intellectual fun game.