Been playing Civ5 all morning so far and really enjoying it...
BUT... Elemental is still a wicked game.
For me these two games are about even... some might laugh at me for sayign this, but its my personal opinion.
CIV5 = better graphics, better music, optimized alot better and is very addicting
Elemental = More ambitious, much mroe custimization, better mod tools and is very addicting
Civ5 you can learn quicker, it is more user friendly as far as the UI goes, holds your hand so to speak.
Elemental to me does somethings better, but somethings worse.
Overall? I love both games and will be playing them for years to come Im sure.
Civ5 wont stop me from playign Elemental though, love em both!
If Elemental was released as 1.08 instead of how it was on release day I think reviews would be alot better for Elemental. Civ5 was definatly released in a much better state then Elemental but ya know what? I think both Civ5 and Elemental can learn a few thigns from each other, both do some htings better then the other.
Anyways, just my two cents