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38. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 25, 2012, 13:56 theyarecomingforyou
Verno wrote on Jun 25, 2012, 08:49:
When people talk about Civ 5 being less than its predecessors, I think of poor AI, less cultural options, no religion/espionage, a greater focus on war, less diplomatic options and so on.
There's nothing wrong with the AI; it has its issues but that's true of the previous games too. There certainly isn't a greater focus on war, not when Civ4 dramatically favoured military victories with obscene unit stacks - I'd say the exact opposite, as cities are able to fend off any but a serious assault. As for cultural options they are a lot more varied, especially with the great units which can build enhancements, steal land, etc. And the implementation of religion and espionage in G&K is dramatically better than in Civ4, which is highlighted in virtually every review I've read.
Verno wrote on Jun 25, 2012, 08:49:
I haven't played the expansion and don't really plan on getting it since the reviews seem to paint them as afterthoughts that don't really fix the underlying problems.
The reviews I've read have called it an essential expansion that is worth purchasing. If you didn't like the core game then obviously you're not going to find much to like in an expansion but your characterisation isn't fair or accurate.

Civilization 5 isn't a remake of the previous game, nor was it trying to be. The core concepts are the same but they tried to address the issues people had with the game. As I said, although I very much like the game I was never a fan of the city states but the expansion does a lot to address that and now I find them much more interesting and less annoying. It's still impressive that Civ5 is one of the most played games on Steam and has been since release - clearly not everybody is of the same opinion as you.
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