I have been an avid supporter of Civ since its humble beginning! I understand the game was stream lined for a wider variety of consumers in order to increase revenue. Its against my preferences but i understand at the end of the day 2k is a business and has to increase profits. But What you must understand the multiplayer aspect is massive, i am not talking about just the online side but of the lan side. Every now and then when my friends and i have a bit of time after work we meet up with our laptops and play some turns. But you have made this impossible in the latest installment! People constantly get disconnected and trying to figure out if they have re connected is crazy. At some stage we were all playing our own separate game and we didn't know. The crashing, bugs and freezing of the game in multiplayer is unbelievable, after you reach round 300 turns from start of game. The Game becomes unplayable. Literally we had to quit and begin a new game.
We understand the issues of the amount of units in the game and how the current structure leads to problems when people have big armies etc because the tile of doom has been removed. But we are talking about a time where ppl dont have much of an army. So instead of playing civilization 5 and having more of our friends buy the game we are playing good old civilization 4 and either waiting for some major fix for civilization 5 or writing civilization 5 off and waiting for 6. Seriously just think about the bad publicity we give about civ 5. We feel the multiplayer is an after thought, something just to have "just because" There is an entire community that plays multiplayer, personally after one single player game we dont really want to play it just by our selves anymore. The fun is with friends and other humans, who u can trick and make deals with.
Please fix this problem, as for the moment we have written off civ 5 as you guys have killed it for us... I mean look at the forums they are riddled with compliants and we havent heard a peep out of the company since the last patch.
I am sure many agree with me...