The original Black and White really was a revolutionary game. This on the other hand, is not. Building on the original concept, the designers at EA have somehow taken something away from the game. Now sharing more features of a stock RTS, the game just wasn't as much fun. The process of persuading other towns to join you becomes very much a rinse and repeat exercise, and I rarely if ever used my creature. Skirmish mode was also removed, taking with it a lot of the gameplay hours. For a real 'god-sim' go and visit the original. I got tired of this after the 3rd 'level'.