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!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (744 reviews) - 73% of the 744 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 2, 2011

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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 / 8.1 / 10
    • 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
279 of 315 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
72.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
A great game, of which I am angry I cannot play anymore because of the stupid "Stardock Account" that is now required to run this game . I have registered for this dumb account proccess and the game errors after launch every time. why this is now part of this game I do not care but i feel it is now becoming a "process" for running some steam games. If i go through steam for games and multiplayer content why is there another middle man for playing the game?? it makes no sense.
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124 of 149 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
This game is yet another one of those stupid ones where companies require you to create yet another account with them and use it.

I'm sick and tired of this kind of rubbish. Being forced to create numerous game accounts completely defeats the whole purpose of having a steam account in the first place.

I don't care how good you think you are, you aren't so good that you can afford to screw people around needlessly.

Unrecommened and Uninstalled.
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50 of 59 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Really bad for of DRM that reminds of Rockstar Social Club or Games for Windows Live...
This game requires you to create a Stardock Account in order to connect to the game servers and be able to play the game. I am not the only one who can't create an account and therefore not play the game!
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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Bought the game a year ago. Now I can't use it because I can't remember my registration information for my new PC. Permently imprinting on my brain that this is a bad company, never buy games from them again.
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41 of 55 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
123.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Before Windows 8 and before GalCiv3 came out, this was a pretty epic.. singleplayer only game that seriously should have been re-worked for multiplayer.

But more to the point, it requires a massive amount of very tedius micromanagement.
your probably thinking.. oh that can be so bad...
Per.. Turn..
Oh crap.. Yea exactly.. and each game can literally go hundreds of turns before its conclusion.

But hey, its one of the VERY few games you can actually customize your own units to how you actually want them.

Would I recommend buying it? well sadly.. not anymore. Its unstability makes it very un-desirable to continue playing it, not to mention the complete lack of support for any other OS other then windows.

To be fair, if you asked me a few years ago when this title was newer, I'd have said yes, get it, its a glorious turn based strategy game.
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