If you have ever played a Civilization game you would seriously have to be out of your mind to have not pick this game up before now. It comes with so much game play and you will be able to lead a civilization through the beginning of time to the space age. It comes with Civilization IV, The Warlords, Beyond the Sword, and also a Colonization game, all packed into one funky box.
So it should make perfect sense that since it was the game of the year in 2005 that you will be a getting a game that seriously packs a punch. There are three ways in which you can win the game, and I have found each one to be very challenging. In fact, one of the great things about the Civilization series is you can play it over and over again because no two games are a like which keeps me entertained.
So any of you that are new out there and don't really know what you are going to be getting with this game, please allow me to explain. It is a TBG (turn based game) and you are going to start from a absolutely nothing, a settler, in which you must start your own civilization. You will be controlling everything from your economy, diplomacy, religion, ect. Other civilizations will come in contact with you and you can either be their friend or foe, each civilization has their own pros and cons as well. You can decide how many cities you want, where you want your cities, ect.
You can build a variety of buildings in various towns which will give you more food, gold, cultural influence and you can create units in which are fully upgradable. As an example you can make a unit that is good at defending a city or attacking a town. All fully customizable so their are a million ways to play. Of course you are going to upgrade them throughout the ages to get an upper hand on your opponent.
There are a ton of maps to play on, which are also fully customizable as well. What I mean by that is if you don't like to play on islands, deserts you can just uncheck that option and you won't have too. Now, another exciting thing is you can win by conquest, cultural achievements, or even, science (sending a space ship to a new galaxy). Let’s say for instance you don't want to play the cultural victory, all you have to do is uncheck that and you don't have to worry about winning or losing from a cultural victory.
I don’t have the greatest graphic card, actually it was one that just came with the computer way back when but I imagine that with today’s technology and this game being a classic older title that you should have no problems with the game playability.
To sum up this game, very well presented and good story overall, game play is lengthy, what more could you ask of a game, especially given the date of release.