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.
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Release Date: Sep 17, 2013

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July 3

Civil War II Available on Steam!

Some of you may have already spotted the game in Steam’s ‘Coming Soon’ section, but for those who are not yet aware we are pleased to announce that Ageod’s latest and greatest Civil War game is releasing on Steam today! In order to celebrate this joyous occasion, we are offering you a 25% discount on Civil War II, as well as a great bundle deal.

In a couple of hours, you will be able to grab Civil War II and the Bloody Road South expansion on the world’s most popular digital platform. Those of you who already own Civil War II will be able to register your key with us to get a free Steam key!

Now is your chance to get immersed in one of the most historically accurate and in-depth games of the period. In Civil War II 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.

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“...is the best simulation of the entire war on the market”
4/5 – Critically Sane

“Civil War II is an undeniable success”
Gazette du wargamer

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

Features

  • 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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024Mb video card
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.8 hrs on record
Initially I was disappointed, as the game crashed a few times at end of turn processing on turns two and three; then the crashes ceased and I found myself drawn into the game.

This is one of the best and deepest strategy games I've ever played.
I'm spending hours and hours discovering some of the depth of this game and I'm only at February 1862, playing as the Confederates.
The learning curve might be a little steep for casual gamers; e.g. getting a grasp of regiments, brigades, divisions, corps and armies and how to create and manipulate the fundamental military organizations.
The map, music and attention to detail in the unit graphics and historical events are beautiful.
The random event and tactical cards that can be played on various map locations are a very nice feature.

Sad to see this game doesn't have a bigger following.
Civil War 2 is a gem, imo.



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Posted: October 20
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
168.0 hrs on record
steam has let us down on this it only plays a few turns than it crashes.
You would think steam would make sure the game plays before they sell it!!!!
Posted: September 27
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
79.1 hrs on record
Its a fun game but it crashes a lot.... If there were not so many bugs it would be great though.
Posted: September 27
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45 of 46 people (98%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Very complex game, not as complex as Paradox's Victoria 2 but in this game its complex because it has so much you can do, unlike Vic 2 which is complex because the mechanics are not very well explained anywhere.

I like this game. I am British so I don't have any real feeling of immersion playing the American Civil War but like any strategy game its the act of fighting a strategic war, with historical troops, and finding out about things you didnt know about that makes this game really interesting.

The mechanics in this game are spot on. For example you dont move alone you move at the same time as the enemy does, so you have to predict where they are going to be and often you can get surprised. So thats very realistic. Far more realistic than attacking a paused enemy. Also you have very detailed heirarchy of troops including armies and corps, a lot like Paradox's Hearts of Iron 3 in fact. You get bonuses to things like supply and attack coordination for being well supported and organised which is good.

You can use gunboats to support your attacks, You can syncronise your attacks, You can even have neighbouring friendly armies 'march to the sound of guns' and automatically move to support you in a battle.

Pretty much everything you feel should be in the game is actually in the game, and yet this game is far more polished than the first game.

The only downsides are that the game might not be all that stable - many crashes have been reported and I had a critical error crash in the first tutorial, five minutes into the game on my first turn's generation, but none since. Also the GUI is rather bland looking compared to the lovely period one in the first game but its far easier to see whats going on and there are mods to add cosmetic improvements to it.

Overall I would say this is probably the best satrategic game I have ever played, I like it better than any of my Paradox games which are generally a bit simplistic in terms of game mechanics you have available to you. The Civil War is an interesting period of history as well in that both sides had it tough, the war was a long brutal one, with much movement and innovation. So its an interesting conflict to play.

So for playing an overall grand strategy wargame, where you can play through a whole war at strategic level whilst retaining the historical flavour of the period, and having some complexity where you always having a lot to think about both inside and outside the game, this probably is the best game you can play. It will certainly enourage you to find out more about the Civil War as well.

Whilst you are on I would also take a look at Ultimate General: Gettysberg, which is a fantastic tactical representation of the largest and most important Civil War battle, made by Darth Vader of Total War modding fame. It complements this game really well.
Posted: July 9
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48 of 59 people (81%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Civil War buff? Like grand strategy? Like spending hours thinking if your next move? Then this game is for you. If you are impatient, then stay far away from this game.
Posted: July 3
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
26.7 hrs on record
a unique game of its genre , lots of popular grand strategy out there but few who got the true essence of grand strategy ,this one got it for sure, a well made micromangment - army organization - seniority system ,also a great battle system ...etc ,of course i only recommend it to those who really like deep thinking games , 10/10 :)
Posted: July 6
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
57.9 hrs on record
This is an excellent grand strategy and Civil War game. It is for people who enjoy taking the time to plan their actions, to include both short and long term goals. Playing as the CSA in the gam'es largest campaign is quite difficult and you will develop an appreciation for the strategic and logistical problems the South faced during the War of Northern Aggression. The AI is quite good at exploiting your weaknesses and, playing as the CSA, I have often fallen afoul of Federal raids into the relatively undefended regions of Louisiana and it's important industrial center of New Orleans. The AI has also done a good job of reacting to my offenses and will quickly trade a weakened force for a stronger one. I highly recommend this game.
Posted: July 7
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Do you often wonder if Lee was over-rated because of the actual outcomes of battles. Do you think that Jefferson davis did well with the resources available to him. Do you get angry when you read about the battle of Cold Harbor? Does the name John bell Hood cause you to let out a deep sigh. Do you often question the effectiveness of Shermans march to the see based on Georgia's rail line capacity to recover from the damage done.

If you ask yourself these questions please buy this game, you will enjoy it. This game was designed with the Civil ware enthusist in mind and really provides the "Commander" with a good overview of the grand Campaign. Currently I am using Ky's neutrality to my Advantage and marching my entire northen army down the southern east coast. I'm bleeding them and using my capacity to rest and resuply one army while keeping their main force engaged. I'm already at the gates of Richmond in 1861, and will soon out flank the city and cut it off. All this while slowly building up a an Army in southern Ill to march down the Mississipi to secure NO and Vicksburg. These are the kind of things I imagine you would like to try as a CIVIL WAR buff and honestly it is great.
Posted: July 8
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.3 hrs on record
PROS
This game, as far as seeking what i call a tactical, (4x) is probobally the most fun and entertaining i have played. Theres not too much micromanagement which can be overdone and get tedious in other tacticals. They say theres tons of units, ive only played a month game time. Oh the map is pretty huge in 2 of the campaigns, alot of cities. A good feature to add historical realism and new style is you can only recruit certain units in certain areas, which is neat if you are the organized type of tactical player and like cities to have seperate functions. The games totally customizable, terrain effects. fairly easy to learn and configure, but still a deep tactical game. if you have asd or have to think and the type that craves a 4x game then this will give you a fix. If you are a rebel you can also fight indians and mexicans, spaniards and cubans and if you are lookin good France or Britain can help. I would say this game is worth about $20 to the general game player, only $40 if you are a civil war nut or if 4x is all you breathe.

CONS
The giant problem i found as soon as i bought the game, and shocked i was not told in other reviews, was this is the type of game that after so many turns the whole game just ends. I didnt like hearing that. Two of the campaigns are really long though, and turns take a really long time as theres so much content on the map. i wasnt extatic about this but still found the game fun enough to play since its a good game. Another thing I didnt agree with is funds from cities were automatically transfered, this may be a pro for some but i like my cities to have seperate funds so i can assign cities into seperate tasks, areas, or commanders to get even finances. As far as being biased its really not but it was obviously written by yankees, with a yankee point of view, who went by yankee textbooks, i think uk yanks, but thats ok because they did pretty ok, wasnt as insulting as most everything else like school, wasnt much story anyway and made a pretty ok game. Just if you are some southern historian type or somethin the heros and story of the other angle but it was pretty standard and fair enough and fun cause it seems the south is a bit under powered and in the game, playing the south gives you a real feeling of being the underdog.

In conclusion I would say this is a great tactical game, but overpriced. considering theres only about half the campaigns as most games, and no skirmish or multiplayer mode. If you really love 4x style tactical games and thats the meaning of life to you then get it. Otherwise I would say for $40 I would expect a game to come with a skirmish and multiplayer mode. Current multiplayer on local and by email is possible but I mean set up by the game.
Posted: July 13
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
158.4 hrs on record
I tried AGEOD's first Civil War title and did not like it. So it was with skepticism that I bought CW2. Im glad i did, CW2 hooked me and then some. If you are looking for a Total War type experience with tactical battles, then this game is not for you. If you like classic Grand Strategy wargames, then this should be right up your alley. To me, the test of a good strategy game is one that has you wanting to finish that one more turn before going to bed and one that keeps you thinking about the game after you left the computer. This game will do that.

Be forewarned...you must spend the time reading the manual, doing the tutorials and watching some "lets play" vids on youtube to learn how to play this game...the interface is a bit clunky at first, but not bad once you get used to it. The game unit cards and map are well done. This game reeks of civil war flavor...

I have had only 2 CTD crashes in the many hours that I have played...both of these were at the start of new turn processing and were easily recoverable without any issues in proceeding with the next turn.

Lots of strategic choices that allow for special actions, unit building, etc..

CW2 rates a thumbs up in my book!
Posted: August 8
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.8 hrs on record
One of the best TB-wargaming titles I've ever seen.
Posted: August 1
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
184.4 hrs on record
A good game, easier to pick up and more playable than Forge of Freedom
Posted: July 25
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Really well executed Civil War grand strategy game! Hope next version has some sort of tactical interpretation to make the perfect game but otherwise the look and feel of this incarnation is brilliant.
Posted: July 4
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
31.9 hrs on record
game is great ....but annoyed with steam....advertised this morning as including the bloody road south for £22.49 but having download it tonight only got the core game
Posted: July 4
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Awesome game !!! Civil War strategy at its best. If you are a fan of grand strategy games you will like this. If you also have an interest in the Civil War you love this. A definite 10/10.
Posted: July 13
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
I personally like this game. However it's not for everyone and would recommend seeing a gameplay video before you buy the game.
Posted: July 16
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
59.0 hrs on record
I love this game, really in depth on many things, they should make DLC's like what if the north secede instead or what if the European powers help the C.S.A to gain independce and the North needed to face both U,K and France. Great game 9.5/10
Posted: July 7
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
If you have played any other AGEOD games and you have an interest in this period, this game is a must have. If you're an American Civil War buff, this game is a must have. If you want to learn about the American Civil War or the War of Northern Agression, this is a must have. I guess what I'm getting at is that you should seriously consider this title.

Pros: extremely detailed (army leaders, units, army organisation, you name it), appealing graphics, advanced AI, historical events (e.g. suspend habeas corpus) and extremely detailed

Cons: extremely detailed - a history book and online video tutorials will help you here :), the manual (version 1.04) is missing information on national decisions (very small con, because you can just refer to the tooltips instead), and some stability issues (experienced a couple of crashes) - however there's dedicated support by email and forums (not on steam, on developer's website) full of people who can guide you through any issues

Buyer beware - you may become extremely addicted. Seek professional help if you connect a caffeine drip and play non-stop for 7 days. :)
Posted: September 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
I have been studying this game for awhile now.... wondering if it was going to be too complicated to play. I finally decided to take the plunge and buy it. I haven't been disappointed. I have wanted a good Civil War game for a long time, and I think I have found it.
You won't jump right in because it does take some reading and studying.... but it's like I am reading a cool history book about the Civil War as I learn to play it. I find it very interesting. I am taking my time learning the mechanics of the game, and watching lots of videos about it. I seem to be catching on pretty quickly.
This game isn't about graphics... they are pretty simple. This is about the strategy of the CIvil War.
I usually turn the music down, but I couldn't find a way to turn it off.... only a control on how often the music plays. I found myself turning that up so that it plays the music more often, because it fits so perfectly to the theme.
My only complaint so far... I wish there was an undo button... especially as I learn the game.
Posted: September 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Tough learning curve, but getting through that was well worth it.
Posted: September 11
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