Yes. It was released too early of course -- it always is. But the pay-off came in 2007 with Beyond the Sword, which is a truly fantastic game. I can't think of much that could be done to improve it, game-play wise. I wish it were as easy to Mod as Civ II, but the complexity of the graphics has made that something that requires a high degree of technical skill. Otherwise I think just about every aspect of it is an improvement over previous versions.