Summary: Strategy gaming at it's finest. People may argue that the graphical development has taken precedence over gameplay in Civ 4 (the culture system a bit hit and miss, and the end game can end up a bit of a quagmire) but for me the game play is still exceptionally addictive.
Summary: Quick explanation of my rating: 4 out of 5 Stars because it is fun to play and can be addicting. Not 5 stars because of limited number of ways to win; it's not an "every game is different" type of game like Civ 3 & 4. Therefore, I think the long-term playability of this game is limited.
Summary: Whatever people say about the game being bad is likely because in all honesty it's not just insanely tough, it's also hard to get into. But i give this game a 9 because once you do get into it, it is one of the best strategy games i play to date, the indepth of the culture aspect of the game leads...
Summary: I like most of the Civ. Series, which I easily get addicted to and waste (enjoy) countless hours of game play. Not so with SMC4: Colonization... It started out with a pretty good concept but comes abruptly frustrating once "declaring independence".