For those of you that have never played a Civilization game, you truly do not know what you have been missing. The whole idea of the Civilization franchise is you start off with a single settler and with that one person you develop your own civilization to rule the world. You can do this in several ways. For example, you can start off by crushing all other empires with your military might, or you can go about it with your brains and become one of the smartest empires in the world. Those are my (the reviews) favorite two. You can also win with culture or even by just becoming extremely rich. The key thing is you build your civilization your way, not the way the computer tells you. You tell your people what you want them to make, develop, learn, build–everything is up to you. It's that point that has made the Civilization franchise what it is, they give you the tools and knowledge and it's up to you to decide what you want to do with it.