Amazing improvements saddled with severe bugs
Cerowyn wrote this review on .
I love the flexibility of the custom game generation options, the stunning graphics and the remarkable improvements in playability. A lot of the micro-management has gone away, although better build queues would be appreciated. The dependance on certain strategies (such as rapid expansion) has lessened, and combat is far more realistic. And, the barbarians are far more developed than previous generations of the game!
Several critical bugs seem to plague this release. Aside from what I've read from other players, I have frequently had the game simply crash out to the desktop, with nary a warning or hint of impending trouble. Luckily the auto-save feature makes it a little less painful to bear, but one wonders if that feature was added simply because of the instability of the executable.