yeah I don’t get the hate for Civilization VI. is it perfect? nope. But it’s not “Goat Simulator”. I don’t recall the AI in any version of Civ ever being any good, tbh. It has certainly been worse in earlier iterations of the game. (They all blend together at this point but I think it was Civ 2 where the AI would attack your cities with a single unprotected canon every three turns; completely ridiculous, their whole economy cranking out kamikaze units and all you had to do is stay home and let them keep it up while you built up an actual army to wipe them off the face of the Earth.)
I like Planetfall. It is pretty and slick and it has a ton of good ideas in it. It’s also ridiculously complicated to keep up with all the technologies and races and stuff. My current game I’m playing as the Assembly and so far I’ve met Amazons (in space! it’s like a Russ Meyer movie!) and two different Dvor nations on my planet. What’s that about? Do the Dvor like each other, are they on the same team, or is it like the Union and the Confederacy, out to kill each other?
The great thing about Civilization is when I meet the Japanese I know who they are. It’s just the Japanese. I know what they’re about. I don’t have any anxiety that “I need to read the manual to figure out what Japanese are…”
 the new Civ VI update that just dropped has the best improvement they have made in, I dunno, 20 years? “Barbarian” camps will now turn into City-States if you leave them alone long enough. You can interact with them in various ways besides killing them (crazy, right?), including doing things to help them along to city-statehood quicker… which of course one does if they happen to be located near your enemy’s territory.