In regards to being able to select your race...
You can play as any race, true, but what separates Humas from Drengin other than fur and some awesome background music?
If I play as the Drengin, will I find that other races are predisposed to give in to my bullying tactics? If I play as the Altarians, will I start off as "good"?
Will choosing a race be more like choosing a political party in Galciv 1?
Will the fixed races allow any customization (choose a race, take the racial abilities, and then augment them with 10 skill points ala Galciv1), or will they be set in stone?
Not that this matters... I'll play my "custom race" option every time...
Race Name: Canister Vacs
Leader Name: Sucky Sucky