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Release Date: Dec 2, 2011

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"GalCiv2 is often said to be the best 4X game ever made. A bit dated by now but still very good if you can overcome that."

About This Game

Get the complete Galactic Civilizations II saga including the acclaimed PC strategy game of the year Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords, the award winning expansion pack Dark Avatar, and the newest expansion pack Twilight of the Arnor!

Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords: Galactic Civilizations II is the sequel to 2003's hit turn-based strategy game of the same name. The player takes on the role of the leader of a space-faring civilization and must guide its expansion in a hostile galaxy. Gamers must balance their economic, technological, diplomatic, cultural, and military power to forge alliances, fight wars, and ultimately dominate the galaxy. The game is single-player and allows the player to play randomly generated galactic maps or play through a multi-mission campaign that tells the story of an ancient enemy called the Dread Lords.

Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar: The expansion pack for Stardock's award-winning hit strategy game, Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords. This expansion pack not only adds the usual content that expansion packs tend to do such as new opponents, new units and a new campaign. It also greatly expands the game play of Galactic Civilizations II. New features include asteroid belts on the map that can be mined for resources, unique planets that require special technologies to colonize, spies to conduct sabotage and destabilization (or used to protect your worlds from the same), new types of diplomatic treaties, an enhanced artificial intelligence engine, and much more!

Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor: The year is 2227 and the fire of war is consuming the galaxy thanks to the manipulations of the evil Dread Lords. But the remaining factions, led by the humans, have a plan to rid the galaxy of the Dread Lords once and for all.

Expand the Galactic Civilizations II universe with Terror Stars, unique technology trees per civilization, Map editors, Custom Scenario makers, campaign editors, new types of ships, new planetary improvements, and much more!

Key features:

  • Beautiful 3D engine brings planets, stars, asteroids and ship battles to life.
  • Create custom 3D ships piece-by-piece with your Shipyard.
  • Play as any of a dozen unique civilizations or create your own.
  • Multiple paths to victory: Military conquest, cultural domination, political alliance, technological supremacy or ascension.
  • Addictive gameplay: Dynamic galaxies ranging from tiny to gigantic.
  • Superior multi-threaded artificial intelligence enables computer players to provide a challenge without having to cheat.
  • Put your scores online via the Metaverse and compete with players from around the world.
  • Fully moddable design enables players to create unique opponents, graphics and scenarios.
  • Advanced diplomacy enables players to trade, make treaties, alliances and more.

System Requirements

    • Operating system:Windows® XP SP3 / Vista™ SP2 / Windows® 7
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® III 1 GHz (or AMD equivalent)
    • Memory: 512 MB (1 GB for Windows 7 / Vista)
    • Hard disk space: 2 GB
    • Video:64 MB DirectX 9.0c Compatible Video Card
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c

    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection, also to activate this game you must create a Stardock account while launching the game on Steam.
Helpful customer reviews
27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
37.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Galactic Civilzation takes a different spin with "civ" games.

This game offers so much content in terms of making decisions, upgrading your ships and such. upgrading technology which impacts how the game is played. You can even create your own Civilization, however the downside is that you have to use template portraits of galactic leaders both big and small.

The AI is very well done, you can really see the differences between the lowest diffculty setting to the highest. However, the downside is that it will either handicap them or the player. depending upon what setting you want to go with. The combat system is pretty straight forward "The more capable you are, the better results".

Also this game offers an indirect warning to players "don't expand too early or quickly" sure it will help your civilization get resources and such. But however you have to constantly manage the planets you colonize and later on, as the game progresses it will become incresingly diffcult to do anything.

Events in the game are usually recycled or "important" events but they either happen once or not at all. The story mode is pretty good for a space game, but by the end of it all, you just want to play the game itself and not any story

Lastly, there are no mods for this game, no matter what anyone tells you.

I would recommend this game for players who love civilzation games and love space games
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
191.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
this game isn't bad for a 4x game, i enjoyed playing it quite a bit, but after you learn how to win, it becomes actually fairly easy to win. basically there are certain dominant strategies that take a long time to figure out, but once you've figured them out, you can reliably win every single game, even on the hardest setting. for instance, there is a certain overpowered laser in the 'evil' branch that if you rush you can defeat anyone for the rest of the game with minimal effort. there are also strategies of mass population growth early on leading to mass cash later on. this is kind of unavoidable in a game this complex, but i feel like there should be more varied choices rather than so many specific dominant strategies. still i got 200 hours out of it before i learned enough of those strategies to get bored with teh game, which is more than i can say for most games. the only 4x game i'd consider clearly superior to this game is sid meier's alpha centauri.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
As someone who has never really enjoyed the 4x genre, I've been pleasantly surprised by Galactic Civilizations II. The learning curve isn't too steep, but the game has an obvious depth. The ship creation is a fun little toy that I would liken to Spore's creature creation, but an entire game can be played without using it even once.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1,143.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
If you love Civ games , you are going to like this too since it is basically just Civ in a space suit/skin. My only real beef with GC2 is that it is another space game on a 2-D map. Sure I know that the map tries to create the illusion that it is in space and at least the battle viewer and the really fun ship designer are 3-D but what I really want is a spherical or cubic strategic map, you know like a map of space :D This is the main reason that I am not going to buy GC III. Maybe I will get my wish in GC4.
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19 of 29 people (66%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
For now I have to dislike. Initially, I thought it would be an excellent alternative to the much more expensive galactic civilization 3. Little did I know that once downloaded I would have to sign up for their crappy website in order to play. So i spent my time registering. Of course, when I attempted to play the game, I couldnt play it as their website login wasnt working. So now whenever i feel the urge to play, i have to run it in administrator mode. I get no achievements for the game, it doesnt even show that i actually have over 20 hours in this game. Its fun, but not worth the hassle it puts me through to play. You are better off saving you money for the 3rd game and playing something that isnt frustrating to launch.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
one of my favorite series. This game has one of the smartest ai ive ever seen in any game. You will actually watch your opponents in order what to figure what to do yourself, and they have done some interesting things with the skill/tech trees and ship designs. The factions are pretty cool, and you can tweek them around to your playstyle fairly well too.

the graphics are pretty simple as this is a pretty small company, but the game has got an extreme amount of depth to it. I actually prefer this game to endless space or the sid meiers civ's both much newer and more expensive games.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
74.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Galactic Civilizations is by far one of my favorite games of all time. This game drew me in from the very start with it's immense levels of customization, almost every thing about the game can be changed without the use of mods. Don't like any of the races and factions in the vanilla game? Fine, you can make your own customizing even theit AI behavior. Once you get in the game the universe is open to you will you become a ruthless Imperium of xenophobes or race of pacifists and scientists the chioce is yours. The game really opens up once you meet another race, because that is when the UN of the universe is formed where everything is voted on, though this isystem is sometimes unfair as races with population bonuses will dominate the council forcing their agenda upon the rest of the members, though the choice is yours to leave, but if you do you lose the ability to trade meaning you'll have to new sources of income. The combat in this game is lacking as it is practically non-existent, in this game combat is usually a short scene of your ships engaging your enemies' and in the end revolves on who brought the biggest weapon. In the end though this game still draws me in regularly and keeps me in it for hours at a time and I'd recomend it to anyone who is looking for a good 4X game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Don't let the old UI or Graphics fool you this game is probably one of the best 4x game there is. I got this game during during the Humble Bundle and was very skeptical about this game at first glance. The first time I played this game I played it for 6 hours straight, it's like the Civilization franchise but in space (No not like Civilization: Beyond Earth kind of space).instead of just one planet. The main reason I got so into this game is probably because I loved Civilization V so much and this game reminded me of it but in a much grander scale. I reccommend 20 times over.


I rate 8/8.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Great turn-based strategic game combining not only combat strategy but also economic planning and social interactions, never ceases to prove a great play.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
This game felt shallow. Despite all the buzz about it, it didn't feel like any choice that I made mattered in the slightest. The interaction between various resource types was lackluster compared to other 4X games. The early game was fun, but the middle just felt like a long slog where I would just hit the next turn button over and over again. The victor felt like it was determined in the early game, but there was a long slog to the end.


Pros: Pretty, interesting setting and variety of races

Cons: Dull, shallow, and pointless. Had to create a Stardock account to install, which is kind of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Requires email+password registration before letting you play the game. This isn't mentioned in the game description, and an extremely sleazy and unnecessary tie-in. I am unlikely to play this game under these conditions. Other reviews (which I failed to read before buying) point out that signing into this account-within-an-account is buggy, and steam achievements appear to not work.

Big bummer. Don't buy this game until this mini-EA developer stops this ♥♥♥♥.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Galactic Civilizations 2 is one of the best 4x games ever made. If you enjoy Sid Meier's Civlilzation series, you MUST get this game. Gal Civ allows you to create your own ships, use diplomacy in a meaningful way (almost overpowering way in some cases), and even create your own custom civilization. I highly recommend this game to anyone who loves turn-based strategic games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I spent an insane amount of hours in this game before owning it on Steam.

It's an awesome strategy game. Pretty much what you would expect for a Sid Meier's Civilization game where the world is a whole galaxy... only that I play GalCiv before Civ :D

Totally recommended. This game is IMO way too underrated
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
This is a well balanced game. It is varried and complicated but not so overwhelming that an average person would feel frustrated. After taking a few obligatory minutes to muddle through activation and learn the mechanics, this game should pose no issues.

Weather you like this game or not, the content matches its price. It is totally fair. This may not be an important feature, but its one that I appreciate!

If you like 4x, this game should be a no-brainer.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
For me this has been the most interesting 4X TBS game I have found. The visuals are great, their are a lot of races that actually are different from each other ( not just a different look ). No multiplayer but the AI plays well and mostly provides a good challenge - and without cheating!.

It's a long game if you choose a large galaxy but the play will suck you in - some really interesting minor races as well such as the demented evil squirrels that want to conquer the galaxy - as soon as they are through collecting nuts. Some really good humour such as that throughout. This game plays well with 32 bit computers unlike the upcoming sequel as well.

I own several versions of this game and have played 100's of hours all together. As a bonus it is almost completely bug free by the way.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Although it has a horrid activation system, the game itself is quite nice.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Fun game with incredibly intelligent AI. Unlike most games if you put the AI to a hard difficulty they don't cheat for resources or manpower they are just really cunning. Would of been great if they add a multiplayer or coop system but none-the-less I would recommend this game to any strategist.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Do I like this game? possibly. Why? It was hard to pickup as it appeared to be complex and difficult but once probed for an hour or so it became fun and slightly easier to understand. However there was one thing that was holding it back in my eyes; the waiting time for something to be built. It was frustrating to repedetly click the next turn button just waiting for a settlement ship. Apart from this it is a fun game if you have a lot of time. I would not buy it full price but wait for a sale.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Everyone worth their salt knows that in the space-heavy 4x games the titles Masters of Orion 1 and 2 are a fundamental part of the genre's the foundation. Galactic Civilizations II manages to continue on those footsteps with it's own twist.

I remember playing this one back in the days, a lot. The hours I have on this title here in Steam aren't actually truthful in that regard. However just recently I started playing GalCiv II again, and it still hooks me in like a happy salmon. Even after all these years the graphics are still "ok", as at least I didn't feel distracted by it from the gameplay. And oh boy what gameplay it is.

It's your basic space empire simulator with managing colonies, building space stations, trading and diplomacy with other empires, building fleets of spaceships and watching them explode in hails of über-deadly weapons fire of the future. There are a lot of little twists around this main concept though. You can design your own ships, not just the loadouts but also their outlook to a surprisingly great detail. The technology tree and decisions you take incorporates some rudimentary ethics, and you can steer your empire towards good, neutrality or evil and receive technological advances accordingly.

There's a storyline campaign which I haven't managed to ever finish, I guess it's a nice attempt of creating content. However free-for-all type random play is what this game excels in my opinion.

There have been quite a few mentions of bugs and crashes in the reviews, but I haven't noticed any such behavior except when alt-tabbing to windows from the game.

A minor point is also that you will need to register your game at some Stardock service - give them your email address and game key - to be able to play the game. I know this can upset some potential players, and I agree it's a stupid remant of ages past. However at least for myself the registration process took less than a minute and I've never received a singly spam message from Stardock.

All in all, well worth it if you're into the 4x genre and can see past the slightly dated graphics and UI.
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19 of 37 people (51%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Read lots of positive reviews about this one, and given the high metascore, I thought I'd give it a try. However the game lost all appeal once I realized that the tech progress is completely linear. You are presented with a huge tech tree, lots of different buildings and other improvements, but they're all completely boring. It's just like, +1 armor, +2 armor, +3 armor. 1+ economy, +2 economy, and so forth. NO nonlinearities, NO interesting synergies to be seen whatsoever, but these are what makes 4X games complex and interesting! The game mechanics really lack imagination, which is a problem I see with lots of Stardock titles. With Legendary Heroes, the lack of complex R&D mechanics is mitigated by the roleplaying system which manages to keep the game interesting. In Sins of a Solar Empire, the linear mechanics are fine because it's an action- and speed-oriented RTS title. But GalCiv, that's just as dull as it gets.
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