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Get the complete GalCiv II saga including Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords, the expansion pack Dark Avatar, and the newest expansion pack Twilight of the Arnor!
Release Date: Dec 2, 2011

Buy Galactic Civilizations II

$19.99

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Buy Galactic Civilizations Complete Pack

Includes 2 items: Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition, Galactic Civilizations I: Ultimate Edition

Buy Stardock Pack 2014

Includes 6 items: Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition, Demigod, Sins of a Solar Empire®: Rebellion, The Political Machine 2012, Galactic Civilizations I: Ultimate Edition, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes

About the 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
154 of 166 people (93%) found this review helpful
103 products in account
8 reviews
118.5 hrs on record
Ok listen if you're a strategy game fan you need to own this game no questions asked. This is about as good as you're going to get when it comes to the 4x genre and is pretty much Civilization 5 in space but better and with its own ship designer. There is an extremely large amount of techs, buildings, weapons and so on so yeah a lot of variety. Even the ship builder is well developed as you can build a ship anyway you like and equip it anyway you like based on the technology you have availible. With Galactic Cvilizations 3 announced recently and the low price this game is at there is no reason why you should not pick this one up and give it a go if you like strategy at all I promise you won't regret it.
Posted: October 19th, 2013
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53 of 59 people (90%) found this review helpful
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39.5 hrs on record
If you like Civ IV/Civ V, epic, long games, and space, then GCII is definitely for you. It strikes an incredible balance between providing large-scale epicness and surprisingly robust micromanager's playgrounds.

**While micromanager's playgrounds are not uncommon in modern games, it's exceedingly uncommon for a game to include them sporadically enough that they don't become tedious obligations and yet give them enough weight to make them worthwhile and rewarding. You can go an entire game without ever creating your own ship if that's not your cup of tea--but boy is it ever satisfying to wreck other civilizations with ships you designed.**

GCII is such a vast, epic game it'd be a bargain at twice the price. It's got a bit of a learning curve, but dive right in with a custom scenario and learn by doing until you master the incredible depth and number of facets to it--it's way easier than doing the tutorials. Then, like Civ games, sit in stunned silence when you look up and realize that you've been playing for 13 straight hours. It's that good.
Posted: December 16th, 2013
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59 of 71 people (83%) found this review helpful
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12 reviews
11.4 hrs on record
Imagine Sid Mier's Civilization in Space!
Despite being classical, this is still one of the best turn-based 4X space strategy, developed by Stardock known for established reputation of developing great strategy games.
There're no other games with the same variety of strategic options as this game has.
You choose your race from 10 preset ones or create your own custom race, pick your political party with various bonuses and aim for victory on randomly generated galaxy through negotiations or wars with other races, you can also choose which victory condition so it's replayability is quite high!

There're so many options you can choose while playing, such as alignment of your civilization (good, neutral, evil), form of your government, and you can adjust your tax rate, the ratio of your government spending and its distribution to 3 categories : ship, building, research.
The most fun part is ship design, this allows you to create your own ship by combining various components!
You can also choose what type and how many of weapons or shields or engines to mount on your ship.

This game needs many requirements to declare war compared to other 4x games, which makes the game progress slower than other 4X titles, crush of civilizations begin around 100th turn.
The range your ship can travel from your friendly planets is determined by the amount and efficiency of life-support modules on your ship, which means you need to research better ones to colonize or invade further planets.
Turning citizens to colonists or soldiers for invasion means less workers and tax payers on your planet so you need enough population and your people's approval which affects planet's population growth rate for maintaining your economy.
Espiionage is also important to know which type of weapons and shields your enemies use.
Yes, interplanetary warfare costs so many resources including manpower...

The only annoying drawback is that it needs a Stardock account before activation...its old menu, interface and graphic aren't much concern for playing.
This is definitely a great strategy worthy playing.
Thanks to its tutorial and many players' guide, getting the rule isn't difficult.

(Japanese translation below)

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古い作品ながら宇宙が舞台のターン制4Xゲームの中では今でも傑作、ストラテジー系ゲームの製作に定評のあるStardock製で他作品に無い戦略性の高さが売りです。
既存の10種族か自作のカスタム種族を使い、ランダム生成される銀河を舞台に他種族との交渉や戦争を通して勝利を目指す、要はシド星の宇宙版です。
複数の勝利条件からどれを選ぶかも自由で、何度でも遊べます。

プレイ中も自種族の属性(善・中立・悪)や政治形態など様々な選択肢が用意され、また税率や政府支出額と造船・建設・研究の3分野への配分率も調節できます。
最も楽しいのは船の設計、部品を組み合わせ自分だけの宇宙船を作成可能、搭載する兵器の種類や量も調整できます。

他の作品に比べ戦争の条件が厳しく、ゲームの進行は他の同ジャンル作品に比べ遅めです、戦争には100ターン前後かかります。
宇宙船の行動可能範囲は生命維持装置の搭載量と性能で決まるため、遠くの星への入植や侵攻には高性能のものを開発しないといけません。
また徴兵や入植により惑星の人口=労働力と納税額が減るので、人口と人口増加率に関わる支持率を一定に保つ必要があります。
更に敵種族の装備を知るため諜報活動も重要です。

難点はStardockのアカウントが必要なこと、一昔前のインターフェース周りとグラフィックはプレイに支障をきたす程ではありません。
チュートリアルと多くのユーザーが書いたガイドがあり定石を覚えるのは簡単です。
間違いなくプレイする価値がある作品です。
Posted: October 21st, 2013
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41 of 44 people (93%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
147.6 hrs on record
Ah, GalCiv2... Memories...
I sank so, so many hours into this game. I owned it on CD before losing them and having to buy it again on Steam. And then sank in some more hours, for good measure.

So, what makes this game awesome? It's often compared to Civilization, but in space. Yeah, that sounds about right... but it's not totally true either. See, GalCiv has many things Civilization does not. Unique tech trees for every race: check. Unique gameplay for every race: check. Being able to customize every single ship: check. That's right, no Warrior vs Warrior here. You can build your ships however you like with the ship builder and put whatever weapons, armour, modules and engines you damn well like.

The political system is also well tought-out and doesn't feel out of place. Want a bigger economic bonus? Go Star Democracy! But what's that? Oh yeah, we're a democracy now, I can't just declare war on a whim... Alright then, let's ask what the parliament thinks. They approve? Oh yeah, let's kick some alien butt, baby! (If your approval is too low, good luck getting your people to follow you into war. They have other priorities you know.)

Okay, enough talk. You're a strategy fan? Need another 4x game to sink time into? Get this game and thank me later!
Posted: January 31st, 2014
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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
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41 reviews
33.8 hrs on record
A very refined version of the 4X game, it's biggest weakness is it's AI. If you play enough you get to the point where you can work with the AI so you can gain ever greater amounts of money and technology simply through trade.

But until you reach that point, the game is enjoyable, challenging and engaging, with a lot of neat ships you can design and have to redesign every 10 turns because your new technology makes it entirely obsolete.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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