Since I really avoid religion like plague in this iteration of Civ, only Netherlands, Rome and Korea are playable for me. All very versatile and can adapt to almost any terrain (terrain = lack of meaningful mountains).
All the flavor that other civ gives are ranging from "fun" to "okay", but they get old really quickly, especially if you play like me, where I pick certain maps and re-play them until I'm satisfied with the victory turn #. A goog example is Qin. Early wonders – nice. But there are just a few that I actually want, even in a culture game.