Civilization I and II were some of my favorite games from when I was a kid, and I still play the latter occassionally nowadays. It was great to be able to build an empire without the pressure and twitchiness of a RTS system. By being turn based, you could take as long as you wanted to plan out each move you wanted to make. It also allowed for more depth to the game since speed was never an issue.
So I installed the game and after going through the tutorial, I feel overwhelmed. I want my old Civ back. State religions? Civic improvements? Culture? WTF?! Everything seems complicated beyond belief now with more options than you can shake a stick at. I'm apprehensive about even trying to start a game and flipping through a 224 page rulebook has not assuaged my concerns any. Whatever happened to the good old days when there was just a joystick and one button for shooting lasers? Hell, whatever happened to those days when Civ II was about as complicated as it got?
I feel decrepit.