I'm a long time fan of the computer game and have enjoyed every board game based on it so far. However, this latest attempt does seem to capture the feeling of the original the best - while still keeping the game fast moving and interesting for all players until the end.
This is quite a good civilization building game loosely... LOOSELY related/descended from Sid Meyer's classic video games such as Civ II. Its only downfall in sheer length of gameplay, but for many purchasers this won't be seen as a negative whatsoever.
Holy cow! If you are looking for an immersive, deep, almost-painfully strategic game, this could be your fix! I enjoy the game, but I should add that I also enjoy doing my taxes and solving multi-variable complex math equations. If you don't mind a brain-burner and need a deep strategic game to fill half of your day, please do yourself a favor and pick this game up immediately!