You take the part of the military and political leadership, trying to lead your nation to victory, in the midst of some of the toughest operations of the Civil War. You will build, organize and command your armies over one of the largest maps of the USA ever made for a Civil War game.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (83 reviews) - 73% of the 83 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 17, 2013

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“For all armchair generals with an interest in the American Civil War, Civil War II is a game that you cannot pass up.”

About This Game

Civil War 2 is the definitive grand strategy game of the period. It is a turn based regional game with an emphasis on playability and historical accuracy. It is built on the renowned AGE game engine, with a modern and intuitive interface that makes it easy to learn yet hard to master.

This historical operational strategy game with a simultaneous turn-based engine (WEGO system) that places players at the head of the USA or CSA during the American Civil War (1861-1865).

You take the part of the military and political leadership, trying to lead your nation to victory, in the midst of some of the toughest operations of the Civil War. You will build, organize and command your armies over one of the largest maps of the USA ever made for a Civil War game. There are a host of real military leaders to appoint with their own strengths and weaknesses and choosing the right man for the job is crucial. However you are not just a military leader and must make vital economics and political decisions. These can have far reaching effects and you can even influence foreign intervention from the French & British who were constantly intervening in America for power and prestige.

Each turn lasts 2 weeks and you must issue your orders in advance, planning on where the enemy will be, not where they are now – which is called a WEGO system (We Go at the same time). Orders are executed simultaneously in 14 phases – 1 per day. Battles are resolved on the day they occur so scheduling the arrival of your forces and planning the logistics or your army are key to success. You can send a massive force to assault an enemy position but if you do not carefully plan the attack you can have you troops arriving piecemeal and being easily dispatched. The WEGO system adds excitement and suspense and is far more realistic than traditional turn based games.

This is must have game for anyone interested in the period or grand strategy games in general.


  • Setting: the game covers all of the USA, from the Eastern seaboard to the Rockies, from 1861 to 1865. Mexico and the Northern Caribbean are also in
  • Game map is divided into more than 3,000 regions, with a variety of terrain, climates and development level.
  • Scenarios: 2 tutorial and 5 main scenarios from Shiloh all the way up to the Grand Campaign.
  • Historical leaders: Over 400 historical leaders each rated on their abilities and over 1,000 different types of units from sharpshooters to cavalry and artillery and even Ironclads!
  • Production: Control your nations spending on the military without worrying about micro managing the economy.
  • Regional Decision Cards: The game has an innovative card system that lets you trigger events such as Indian raids and partisans attacks, which used wisely can affect the flow of a campaign.
  • Detailed game model includes features such as Weather, Attrition, Supply and Fog of War
  • Historical Event are triggered throughout the game giving the player crucial decision points. These cover anything from local uprising to foreign intervention.
  • Battlefield Tactics allow the player to make decisions that can turn the tide of battle.
  • Sieges and Naval warfare are all covered in detail in the game.
  • Chain of Command allows units to be organized in to brigades, division, corps and armies and leaders put in command of them.
  • Navigable rivers which played a crucial role during the Civil War are represented.

    Scenario list

  • Two Tutorials scenarios
  • 1861 First Manassas (Battle of Bull Run)
  • 1862 Shiloh
  • 1862 Sibley (New Mexico Campaign)
  • 1861-1865 Our Hearts were Touched with Fire April 1861 scenario (THE multi-theater Grand Campaign)
  • 1861-1865 The Blue and the Gray July 1861 scenario (accelerated start campaign)

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024Mb video card
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
46 of 47 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
81.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2015
The bad reviews almost stopped me from getting this...This is why I am writting this review. I ended up getting the game and was very very happy with it. It has a tremendous amount of depth, features and choice options on how to manage your side of the conflict. I really enjoy the strategic and regional level choices, while coordinating supply and unit command formations.

I hate bugs and I hate crashes, when i read that in the reviews it was very dissapointing and I almost didn't purchase the game. If you are experience crashes, there are several suggestions in the forum as to fixes. For me personally I used the userpath.ini delete fix and thought that worked very well cutting down on crashes. Also something to note, you can get the game to auto save between 3-12 crashes or tech issues shouldn't stop anyone from playing as you can easily recover, and sometimes just reprocess the turn.

Immersion, This game via its strategic and regional level options combimed with supply, unit production and army configurations is defintely a deep, rich and immersive experience. The map is huge, has many fiters and the wego system is by far the best system to be used on this kind of game. I want to really reiterate that, some games I don't think its great for and this is the first game I've truly been able to say, is better off for having the wego system as it provides the best gaming experience for this war/era.

This is not for the light hearted gamer nor the total war style of gamer. This is actually more realistic because in a grand strategy sense you are not some godlike presence that can order every individual unit on the battlefield. You do choose who commands your bde, division, corps or armies, you do get to build up these types of units and combine them to make your composition of forces, and if you pay attention to the ground your fighting on, supply, unit cohesion and all the other factors the game takes into account, you will do well. However, if you take 20k men into a seige, tell them to assault the walls with no arty support, guess what, ur men are gonna get slaughtered.

I personally spend 1-2 hours per turn, the game does 2 week time frames, early in the month for the first two weeks and late in the month. This works great because the game using the wego system processes each turn into 15 days. So coordination of forces matter a lot and in reality u have every single day of the war being played.

I had never been a fan of the ageod battle system, I personally dont think its right for the american rev period, nor do i think its right the for world war one era, for the civil war and the napoleonic era though its really is the most realistic and superior system for those time periods. I encourage you if you are a grand strategy fan, to try it and give yourself a few days of playing to get used to it. I believe like myself you will see the benefit and the beauty of the system in this time period for this title.

You will absoutely get your monies worth if you put in the time to learn the features and options. The Grand strategy genre is my absolutely favorite and those are the games I really excell at because of all the different things you have to manage. I know this isn't billed as grand strategy because you can only play two sides, but the amount of choice, different options and features in the game make it a grand strategy title to me. Indeed, I wish they came out with a game like this that allowed u to be any country in the world like a lot of the paradox titles allow you to do.

All in all i highly recommend this game if you love history, the civil war, and grand strategy games.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
97.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
If you are a Paradox fan like me, this game will please you. The detailed representation of the Civil War that is packed into this game is shock and awe from everything to dipictions of officers to the variety of units.

Now, I have been eyeing this game for some time now and picked it up on sale with the dlc for 25 bucks and I can't stop playing it. Not sure what the negative reviews are about with stability, I have had no issues at all and I have a good, not great rig running it.

If you love historical simulation like me, get this game. There is no other like it for the USCW.

Only con I find for this game and it is nothing major is scrolling with the map. It is nowhere as smooth as a Paradox game. At the same time the map is extremely detailed, more detailed than any other simulator I have played.

I fully endorse this game and plead to anyone who loves the Civil War and Historical Simulation to buy and play this game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
135.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2015
This game has a lot to offer. It is complex and has a steep learning curve, but there really isn't anything else like it as far as grand strategy war games on the US Civil War. It isn't a mod onto some other system. This game is stable for me, unlike some other reviewers. I have played maybe 60 hours with 2 crashes. Both came 3+ hours into a long session.

Very fun. A little ahistorical in a few ways, but in a 120 turn game where each turn is 2 weeks, you can't script a conflict like this to unfold historically. But great fun to see the problems the real USA/CSA had to face and how to deal with those problems.

Not a game you'll learn in 10 minutes, but its one you will play for hours and hours and get a ton out of it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
53.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2015
Steep learning curve that pays off greatly once you understand the game. Make no mistake this one is most likely going to appeal the most to hardcore wargamers, that said I think if you have interest in the genre this is an excellent place to start.
Stick with it and you will get hooked!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
193.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
This is an excellently designed game which brought hundreds of hours fun for me. It is not for the light hearted as you will spend hundreds of hours engulfed in the game. Not as complex as some but has tons of options and historical detail. It was a perfect mix of options and complexity for me. For those old enough to remember, the game play and options are very similiar to the old boardgame Civil War by Victory Games.

One of the best Grand Strategy Civil War games made to date. If this is what your are into, consider it a must buy.
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