I have Play the World and everything, and I've played at least 3 games... all with new Civs (the Spanish, the Scandinavians and the Carthaginians)... and I must say, Carthage is not only the best civ I played so far, but one of the greatest ancient age military powers I've played yet. The Numidian Mercenary is just ungodly. It's stats are tremendous, and when sent out with swordsmen and a few dozen catapaults, they are just superior to just about anything. I mowed down the Roman's without them being able to do anything, even with legions. With diety mode, even. The Greeks declared war on me but their hoplite failed to match the Numidian Mercenary's power. I settled with them, but they were not able to defeat me. All in all, I think Carthage is the greatest civ to use in the game, especially in the ancient age. Plus, unlike Rome where they have to try to dominate early on and then hold on to a large overextended empire with crappy civ attributes like militaristic when others have their unique units, carthage has commercial and industrial strength, so it can last a little better. Anyway, this is just my opinion. But who else appreciates the Carthaginians more than they thought they would?