Nice to know it's not just me, I was just quite disappointed with it. Having said that, i've played a fair bit more of it now (40 hours)... and I can see that it kinda does have that "one more turn" feeling.... it can definitely get a bit addictive, but I don't think in a super fun kind way. It's like... next turn, next turn... just a few more turns and i'll have that wonder, or next turn, next turn, just a few more turns and I might be strong enough to make that assault. Just takes forever to do anything.
Some of the ages seem to flash by so quick though, seems like as soon as I could get swordsmen they became obsolete. I was like, cool we're into the medieval period... but then by the time I was getting into building some knights and crossbowmen we were moving onto the next era. All a bit strange for me.... I think i'd prefer and option where the tech moves slower but I guess that doesn't make sense in Civ.
So to me, still kinda boring... but yeah it definitely has some good points it's not all bad:
- Excellent diplomacy, really like it
- Trade is really cool
- City States are kinda fun
- Really good UI, easy and fast... but loads of information available if you want it
- Great help/tutorial stuff in game for newbies like me
(Interesting those points which I think are the games strengths are all probably considered weaknesses in FE:LH)
The whole game is polished like I have never seen before in a game, it's amazingly slick. The design is in so many ways just spot on, the model and mechanics are really solid...... but it just lacks charm and personally.
FE:LH is way less polished, but just oozes character me thinks.
Personnally, I think FE:LH has better Explore, worse Expand/Exploit, and different but equal Exterminate. Maybe a slight edge to FE:LH on that last one.
I think the Exploite is quite strong in Civ because the diplomacy and trade is so good, there's ways to exploit other than war that FE:LH doesn't have so much.... but yeah other than that I agree.
Interesting anyways. Now if we could get a b*stard FE:LH/Civ lovechild with the best bits of both games......