Seriously, that was the single most unique thing I'd ever seen because of the investment system where they built up. They made sense because they made the countryside littered with small towns that weren't "Major" cities like the named ones which is true to real life. I loved civ4 and after each expansion pack I was drooling to see what they would add next. Why the heck did it feel like I paid $50 for something that removed features from Civ4 and upgraded graphics and combat? Where are corporations? Where are spies? Where are all those new things that were going to improve the game? I swear if they nickle and dime me all these features in DLC I will boycott Fraxis, because they won't be any different from EA and the sims cash cow. I can't believe I wasted money on spore.... Oh and whoever gets the title quote I'll give a E-Cookie. PS: The combat is great btw, and it isn't all bad, I can't say I'm not having fun, I just thought I'd be having as much fun as when I first heard the main menu music in civ4 and loaded up my first game. Sorry to be another ranter in the mob. I feel bad a little.