Chad writes, "I’ve been playing the Civilization games religiously since the very first iteration of the franchise, and with each new release things change typically for the better. Why do I enjoy the franchise so much? You can do what you want and build a monstrosity of an empire any way you want. What puts Civilization separate from many other real-time or turn-based strategy titles is that freedom. That freedom of choice and innovative design changes absolutely does not change with Civilization V. In fact, I think this iteration is probably one of the largest jumps in terms of mechanics and design overall that the franchise has ever seen."