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What's with the complaints?
on April 25, 2012
I played both Civ3 and Civ4 before this. Civ5 is just as addicting as the others in its series, and I welcomed the new additions such as the combat system and social policy tree. Taking away unit stacking made combat much more realistic and rewards players in using strategic savvy in their unit placement. And its just epic being able to hold off a larger AI army by holding a single mountain pass. Unlike most fans, I actually found Civ4 to be the most horrendous of the Civs (did not like the religion system among other things), and I felt Civ5 was something of a reconciliation for me. One thing I didn't like about Civ4 was the drastic overhaul from Civ3. Civ5 isn't necessary less different from Civ3, but for me it had a closer feel of "grandeur" that I was use to in Civ3.
Problems I have with Civ 5 is the reduced pace of unit/building production, which took away the large armies and fully-furnished megacities I was use to in Civ3. It forces you to manage and watch your economy and city growth. The new tile stats and bonuses are also drastically reduced, add the new road maintenance and it makes it much harder to make money. In that respect, Civ5 offers a more challenging gameplay, which for me is a good thing. Civilization bonuses are really much out of balance in Civ5, some of them are pretty useless, while others have overpowered bonuses that might make players more incline to play the same civs over and over again.
At 25 bucks, yes I would definitely recommend you purchase this game. Beautiful graphics, amazing music soundtrack, and DAYS of addicting fun. I played through maps for 18 hours without sleep before (you really need to be careful with any Civ game for that matter :P).