Editors Liked

  • Addictive strategy
  • Polished, complete Civilization experience
  • Alien landscapes strike a balance between the familiar and the foreign, and look great

Editors Didn't Like

  • Annoying aliens
  • New "favors" system unpredictable
  • AI leaders are still erratic, petulant children
  • Pared-back culture system results in excessive focus on military conquest