Hmm.. I'm not sure lol, I like Civilization game, but I'm not really such a hardcore fan. Maybe when it's on sale. The whole religion looks kinda confusing, might have to check more on that later.
Also, I just realize something, you can purchase buildings and units using GOLD in the game! I've been playing Civilization for awhile and just realized that! I could've beaten multiple game easily have I know about this.
Just wondering since you are in your computer a lot and you mentioned studying so wondered what course you were taking. Computer Science, a useful course, but I hear its a bit hard, so good luck on that one.