One of the Best Titles
This game, for someone who first played Civ II back when it won best game award, represents one of the best titles in strategic gameplay. Everything about the game makes it among the best games available even today, from the smooth, relatively intuitive gameplay (point and click) and complex algorithms controlling AI, population, and economy to the fantastic artwork completely overhauled in a brilliant break from the previous games. For the first time, as the gamer pondered their next move it was also a joy to scroll in and out, the graphics no longer an eyesore! With the expansion packs, the game simply ballooned into the future and to a level of control and breadth of experience simply unavailable in just about any other franchise ever made.
Finally the World builder, and modding tool (somewhat exemplified with Colonization, a full game in its own right) gives gamers the easy capability to sieze essentially the same artwork and precept to the game and create anything from a turn-based RPG (VERY SIMILAR TO XCOM: EU btw) to a strategy nation building game of their own, or anything in between!