Civ's one of the few 4X games i can tolerate, since at least by four, a lot of the options can be automated. Yes, I obsessively micromanage things when i only have like three towns, but once I have 40... I want to stick to mainly macro-concerns. This is a model I can't find many 4X games that follow
Essentially I like games that let you first start out by obsessively tweaking your homeworld/city, but let you delegate more and more as things go on so you can take play in the bigger game. It seems like a lot of games either have the OMG depth but no way to manage it, or avoid the problem by having very simple management controls.
But yes. I will be watching this thread to see how you guys like Civ V. I am interested. I am also poor