This is a great addition to the Civilization sereis. Any gamer who had great fun with Civ IV will definitely lose even more hours with this game. Your education will definitely plummet down the drain, guaranteed, because you will not stop playing! YOU CAN'T! Also, the special edition came with 5 little figurines, the appropriate size if you wanted to even play Monopoly with them. There's also a soundtrack (which sounds incredible by the way, absolutely incredible. No Baba Yetu from Civ IV, but still just as good, if not BETTER!), behind the scenes DVD, and an incredible art book which covers all the civilizations in the game, as well as displaying the games beautiful graphics and covering game play mechanics. All of those things bundled in a great looking box, which is about twice as big as the Special Edition of Civilization IV. Trust me, it is WORTH IT!