Am I alone is thinking this game would have been better if they just blatantly ripped the best parts out of Gal Civ / Age of Wonders / MoM / Master of Orion and just compiled it and streamlined it into the new engine?
I for one, would have been a happier bunny.
I couldn't agree more. I always thought that to make a great game, you take the best parts/ideas from other great games, add your own ideas and innovations and combine them for a fantastic result (hopefully).
I would love for this game to be great but my concern is that in order to make the changes that could accomplish that (diversity in magic, factions, units, usefull heroes, tons of special abilities that can be applied to heros and units alike to name a few), it won't just take a little tweaking but a total re-design. Hopefully the people who make these decisions now have the objectivity to admit that they were on the wrong track with thier original system/ideas and have the courage to make whatever changes are necessary, no matter how drastic, or no matter how much they don't agree with the original "lore". It seems they are responding positively to critism so far and admitting thier failures so I am going to remain hopefull. I also hope they take thier time and get it right.