Posted 20 February 2009 - 06:38 AM
It's a fun game, worth the price ... but I do have to agree with one of the above posters that it doesn't hold up particularly well over time if you're playing the single player game. Unfortunately, by eliminating most of Civ's diplomatic options, the AI begins to wear thin and will inevitably go back and forth between loving and hating you on a whim, determined by what you have and what they need. If you get too big ... they'll hate you and attack ... if you get too small, they'll want to conquer you. There's no way to balance the AI as games go on to have a realistic, diplomatic end game, at least in my experience. Unfortunately, it's akin to the U.S. constantly being attacked by Mexico because we're bigger and China coming over to demand money due to our smaller population ... not quite "real-world" as far as civilization development goes.
None the less, a great game for awhile and fun (but long in multiplayer ... god forbid your opponent quits half way through). Bottom line, you could do alot worse for $36.99 and it will keep you entertained for awhile.
Edit: Don't get me wrong, you can achieve a diplomatic end game but the AI is very spazzy when it comes to your relations ... it's just not as deep as Civ IV ... faster and fun none the less