I'm new to the civ. world, and I'd like a little advice. Now, I've played Starcraft and Warcraft, but they just aren't as much fun as Civ. 3. Since Civ. 3 is the only one I've played, I sense I may be missing out on some good civing. So, what I'd like to find out is this:
Which civ.-style game is the best overall? Why?
I've read some of the posts regarding ideas for Civ. 4, which I'll check out when it's released, so I've got a good idea of some of the concepts that are being debated. Recently, I got rid of my copy of Civ. 3 after playing it a while, but I kind of miss it, now. The reasons for its dismissal are mainly these: too many units, too many towns (ICS), too many roads, too little time during each age, and long stretches when nothing seemed to happen. However, I did enjoy the game on the whole, and I'm interested in others. Please, don't let my objections to Civ. 3 influence your reasoning. And, lengthy responses are welcomed (as are short ones).