My gripe with this unit is mainly the silliness involved. Most of the arguments in favor seem to rest on two points. 1. "This is cool." That's a matter of taste, so I won't comment other than to say that I (and, it seems, others) disagree. None of us will convince anybody else on this point. 2. "This is more realistic than FTL drives or Leonardo's Workshop or some other game mechanic I can mention." If you replace "realistic" with "conceivable," then I can get behind that statement. But for something to be realistic, it also has to be plausible, and this unit as presented isn't. Giant bipedal war robots are militarily ridiculous. If legs were better than wheels, our cars would have them. Why would you build something that's huge, slow, and a massive target when you could instead build things with equivalent firepower that are small, fast, more adaptable, and more easily mass-produced? (What's more, colonizing Alpha Centauri within the scope of the game would not require FTL drives.) The problem I have with this isn't balance or gameplay, it's all in tone. If they had called the unit Ultra-Modern Armor and given it an icon that doesn't look like something out of Robotech, then I'd be totally fine with it. Instead they opted for the silly/trivializing route, which I think takes away from the scope and grandeur of a game that spans the history of human civilization. To me it's similar to the way I'd feel if they had replaced the Knight unit with Knights Who Say Ni, or Spearmen with Pointy Stick Guys. There are plenty of games out there that go for that kind of goofy humor, and the Civ series, with a few very easily ignorable exceptions, has not been one of them. This exception is harder to ignore, in particular because it comes at the late game. It's like playing this massive, grave game only to be presented with Homey the Clown as the final unit, the pinnacle of your civilization's climb from scattered tribes to future greatness. Hopefully this game is as moddable or more moddable than Civ4 was. I have no doubt that a tasteful mod will appear soon after release.