I have tried to like Civilization IV. I have played many games and I have played the tutorial...and I have even read the manual.
I have a few problems with the game that kill the experience for me:
1. Too Much Information! - The Research tree is so large, and each action has so many implications that I never know what to do. So many choices are opened up to me, but in order to know what they actually do, I need to look in the manual which really makes the game a grind. Even then the amount of choice is staggering. If I just decide to just choose the "Recomended" research, I feel like I don't know what the heck is going on.
2. Random Combat - When I send a helicopter to assault a city, it should not be taken out by an archer. I do not even know how to decipher what is going on during the battles, and whether or not assaulting the city will be a good idea or not. With so much information out there, they can't seem to make the important info obvious.
3. Too much downtime - There are many points in the game where I am moving units and researching things that take a RIDULOUSLY long time to complete. During these times I am just hitting the enter key a ton of times. The game drags along during these moments, and this happens quite frequently.
Those are my major gripes with the games. I'm sure I could come up with more if I tried.
So, if you like the Civ games, why do you like them? What things about game are fun to you? Am I playing it wrong and is there a certain way to play the game to make it fun?
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