The opening movie is AWESOME. Most of the visuals were from the trailers, but the frame story was great. Best intro thus far. I decided not to play the tutorial first since it appeared to be for those new to the Civ franchise. I chose Wu Zetian of China since I’ve been playing the Chinese almost my entire time with Civ IV. She has the “Art of War” which makes Great Generals spawn more often. Also the Cho-Ku-Nu unit (like Civ 4) and Paper Maker. I did a small continents map. And I made myself Settler, marked “for learning the game” so I figure it’ll be tutorial enough. And a standard game pace. I REALLY like the new menu system. It’s very well done. Sounds like Leonard Nimoy is still the narrator. I love how it describes my ruler and China in history. Pretty awesome. I let the wonderful narration read out before I “begin my journey”. I take a while to look for the screenshots and it comes up with hints. Pretty awesome. The Chinese music is great. Here are some screenshots. Another post later. Right now I want to play and the game gets annoying (freezes cpu) if I alt-tab out of it to get the screenshots.