A little background:
I never got a chance to play the orignal Civ (I didn't have my own PC at the time, so my gaming universe was dictated by what my uncle bought and he wasn't into strategy games). When I finally got my own system I picked up Civ 2 and was enamored of it for a very long time. I bought Civ 3 when it came out, excited to reignite that same feeling that Civ 2 gave me, and was disappointed to find it suprisingly dull. I never could put my finger on what was wrong with it, exactly, it just never grabbed me. Shortly thereafter I found Europa Universalis 2 and never looked back at Civ 3 because it was so much better at capturing that historical/alternate history feel that I really enjoy. Sometime later I finally found SMAC, which has to be the best Civ-type game I've ever played.
Anyway, with EU3 essentially having stripped everything I loved about EU2, I'm back to looking for a good, fun historical strategy game. I adore GC2:DA, mind you, it's probably my favorite 4X TBS game of all time, but sometimes I want a change of venue. I'm curious as to what others think of Civ 4, and what I might think of it based on my history with these games. Any thoughts?