I'm curious about this statement. What AI level you playing Civ 4 in? You do know that any level above Noble the AI is getting significant bonuses right?
I wouldn't talk about the cheating AI in other games anymore, Frogboy, you are adding in MORE CHEATS to the AI at higher levels. Not less cheats, MORE CHEATS. And don't give me this, it's a bonus not a cheat junk: if I got a big econ boost in addition to my normal stats, you'd flag my metaverse game for cheating.
Oh yeah and all your Civ4 bashers, Strategist never said the AI in Civ4 was better, he just he's going back to Civ4. I don't know which AI is actually better, but you can easily say that Civ4 is the more balanced game and since it is so balanced, it is extremely hard to overcome AI bonuses. GC2 on the hand hand has massive exploits (like evil weapons and good armor, I mean they are working as intended, but I am just godly when I use them properly)
Btw, I just got an Influence victory yesterday on Crippling beta4 on a medium sized galaxy in just 2 years and a few months. I culturally overtook the freaking Yor, I lost 0 ships and fought 0 wars and traded 0 techs and built 0 influence starbases had a lousy starting position. So yeah, I am still not impressed with the AI.
Nice touch, Frogboy, just making up a statistic out of thin air. Hey I can do it too: More people like apples than they do strawberries. Fun, huh!
P.S. Yeah I do try to piss people off so they will get so mad at me that they'll say "F this guy, I'm gonna make an AI that'll crush him!"