Retail disc is handy if your not into downloading large amounts of files. Not so good if you lose the disc though.
Steam is vice versa. You cant technically lose your game, but requires lots of downloading.
Just curious bearing in mind i bought Civ v already. Is there a retail version which doesn't require a steam download? Cos that's what I got.
On the retail vs steam argument i would go for retail just about every time but they do some good deals so its better to play both sides of the fence. The auto patch function is its best redeeming quality but you have no control over their servers and some games are so short its hardly worth the download time esp when their servers are chocker. Take homefront for me it honestly took longer to download than to play
[Edited by Mezzed, 5/11/2011 5:01:41 PM]
Only retail if you can. Steam has the worst online support in the world