I'm new to 4X games, I've always been more of an RTS and MOBA player. But I just wanted to give these type of games a go. I've heard many things about the CIV franchise, how 5 is supposedly the best and BE was dissapointing. So you'd think I'd go buy the game that has the biggest fanbase and better reception from the 4X games community. But I didn't, why? The setting enticed me, the idea of colonizing an alien planet to me just sounded so much cooler than nuking ghandi. Do I regret it? No. Is CIV 5 better in everyway? Probably , I don't know since I haven't played it and probably never will since I'm kinda of tired of history/Fantasy based games ( Coming off of games like Age of Empires and Dota) But nevertheless, I'm having a blast playing BE , maybe it's cause i'm a flithy 4X casual. Yes the game has some glaring flaws but I still love it and really hope Firaxis give's the game one final chance and release a second expansion and fix most of the games problems. TLDR: I love BERT mostly cause I'm a 4X noob who loves SCI FI settings. So why do you still play this game, when there's supposedly better options out there? PS: I have tried another 4X games after BERT called Endless Legend but the fantasy setting just bored me.