I deem Civ 5 as the best turn based strategy game and Cossacks as the best real time strategy game. In the last years I played a lot more CIV 4 and 5 simply because Cossacks didn't run on my system anymore ... and also because it aged badly. I'm looking forward to play 3. Although CIV has a different approach than Cossacks I expect many CiV players here. What makes a good strategy game in general? Do you prefer Real Time or Turn Based games (or do you just don't want to compare them)? How important is an historical context for you?