In my opinion this game is a must have for anyone who is a fan of strategy games. Of course I was one of those Heros of Might and Magic geeks back in the day as well. Graphics are a lil cartoony but to me thats one of the best parts. Land masses change every time, you can adjust your difficuly to a certain extent, and it seems like everytime you play it you are facing diffrent civilizations and leaders. Online play is great if you can ever get a game started just be prepared to sit back a few hours of your time to complete a game. Hey, its at least worth a rental, if you don't like it then send it back. If your like me, you will be headed to Wally world to buy a copy as soon as u drop it back in the mail box.
This game had the potential to be a great fall back game to kill time with. With a few modifications it would have long legs that would make repeat play fun for a long time. In and effort to gear the game toward faster play they removed many of the options that games like Alpha Centauri had. The ability to customize the size of the world, the number of opponents and the rate of tech advancement are gone. What is left is an ok game that is fun to play a few times but certainly not worth buying. The kind of game that gamefly is made for.