Re: Civ games virgin: Where to start?
Civ IV is my favorite game from any genre, and definitely the best entry in the series. I highly recommend picking it up. Civ II was where I started the series and it too is a great game, though by now it's pretty outdated, both graphically and in terms of some comparatively (to more recent strategy games) simplistic gameplay. Civ III I found to be INCREDIBLY annoying due to a few tweaks they made to the system (i.e. corruption) but all of that game's problems have been taken care of in Civ IV.
Do re mi, do re mi, fa mi re do.