Thanks for the kind words, guys. But dexters does bring up a pretty good point. The best way to review a Civ is simply to play with it, even if only for a little bit. You might find some surprises. These reviews are meant to help formulate strategies to win with your chosen Civ, not to discourage people from playing Civs that are rated lower. France, Germany, Korea, America- they're not really first tier civs, but you can have just as much fun playing with them as with the Celts or Iroquois. Sometimes more. Isn't the game all about challenging yourself? If you feel like you need a bit more of a challenge but you don't feel ready to move up in level, just try playing a game as a Civ you wouldn't normally choose.