Absolutely, and by all means keep making a fuss. But don't be surprised when your comrades finish tapping out a post which essentially says "Civ V is dumb and if you like it, you're a ******** monkey" that a terrible battle breaks out. I maintain Civ V is a better release than Civ IV, and that's all I really expected from it. It has not disappointed me and I look forward to quality expansions and mods. It has been said that buying Civ V with a desire to play mods and expansions, if not just the vanilla, is enough to make somebody a sheep who is enabling the developers to pull crap where they release a half-finished product and put off the finishing touches for a few years. Those who say this fail to remember that this is basically how it works with the Civ series. It gets expansions, and it gets updated. Age of Empires certainly works like that - in fact, so do Blizzard games, which are lauded for their quality. Civ III was not complete until, well, the Complete edition came out. Neither was Civ IV. Civ IV was woefully incomplete, and Warlords didn't really appease it. Beyond the Sword was the blessing that made it a great game. In the meantime, however, why did so many play Civilization IV? A good bet is that they played it for Kael's Fall from Heaven series. I know that's why I still play Civ IV, and you can't say FfH2 isn't one hell of a big-deal. This could make me a strategy noob, and individuals who can see nothing else to criticize may freely call me such. However, we have come to the point, people, where Civ games are no longer just about the product. It's about what ramifications are involved, and it seems abundantly clear to me that Civ V has so many of those. And this is because it's a really great foundation. Some people have compunctions about paying $50 for a foundation, which is fine. You don't have to buy it, after all, and you may wait. But I thought that Civ V looked good, and I played it, and felt that it was a thoughtful take on the series - the same way I felt when I first booted up Civ IV, and Civ III years before that. I don't regret any of those purchases because playing a Civ game for the first time is a magical experience. And if I maybe have to skip out on seeing two movies this fall to pay for it, well, hell, there's nothing that great in the theaters this fall anyway.