I got Civ 5 last month, and it is a VERY good game! I took a little break from it to play some more Minecraft, but the break is over, and I have started again! Its very easy to start playing if you never played a Civ game before, like me. My first empire was with Britain. (As its the closest thing to Canada) I played it on the settler level, as it was my first time. I won that game by domination. My second game was with India, which was also on settler. I won that by the Utopia project. My third game was with Germany on Warlord. I LOST this game. Egypt won by the Utopia project, which was NOT a shock. My current game is with a empire that I don't know the name of. (Its the one that can embark on water from the very start.) This game is also on warlord, and I am planning on winning it with science. I am WAY ahead of everyone. (Only one in the modern era, and some just left the Renaissance a few years ago in the game.) I have had two wars in the game so far, both with Inca. The first one was with the Siamese against the Inca. I made peace with them. The second one was over land. They settled to close to my place, and simply took that city to get the rest of the island. This war is ongoing. The game is GREAT, and I suggest the you should get it.