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 (704 reviews)
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
125 of 144 people (87%) found this review helpful
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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46 of 54 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Create an empire. Swear to uphold all that is good and holy. Exterminate other races you deem unworthy or as threats. Become the most powerful race in the glaxy. Realize, in the ashes of a billion souls, that you've become what you've sworn to destroy.
11/10, would go Imperium of Mankind again
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39 of 63 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
741.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Its like civilization, bu for advance and experience players with Turn-Based games. Its a very good classic game that has many of the elements Civilization Starships was lacking.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
50.8 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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