I pretty much agree with what most people have already said, and I think Sullla did a great job analyzing Civ V's faults. Although I'm hopeful this game can be saved, I haven't played it for some time. One thing that has been mentioned (and really annoys me) is that the designers specifically said they wanted a game where the player would not build a large empire. Fine, but in the game itself, that is the exact opposite of what you want to do unless you want to have a cultural victory. The idea of the conquest victory (take over all the capitals) is extremely annoying and maybe even close to impossible, because you can't raze the capitals.