A carefully crafted masterpiece that rivals the original Civilization.
Unprecedented sense of place and story within the confines of a strategy game--backed with plausible, speculative science fiction.
Mostly sharp, but units and improvements blur in densely packed areas.
A more dramatic soundtrack and more terrifying weapon effects would have added to the mood and tension.
It has a cleaner, more refined design than the previous games, but it's also more flexible and so gives the gamer more choices and control.
Lasting Appeal (8/10)
Strong, due to the game's open-ended nature; should improve with expansions/customizations.