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

“Civil War II is an undeniable success”
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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.”
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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
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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mobileterror666
( 265.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
If you're a Civil War nerd who loves turn-based strategy games with an immensely steep learning curve, then this game might be for you. While the game developers did take some historical liberties creating game, they did accurately demonstrate the complexities, nuances, and difficulties of single-handedly commanding an entire war - let alone the American Civil War - which I have yet to see repeated. So, if you're a die-hard Civil War or turn-based strategy games, you might want to check this game out.

On the other hand, the game can be buggy, the AI intelligence can be slow at times, and you essentially need a massive adderall prescription to comprehend the manual in a single reading. Furthermore, the game is offers a strictly *top-down" all supreme commander's perspective of the war. Probably for various reasons, the game developers decided to omit tactical enagements (much to my, and others, chagrin). Also, the game's price tag is pretty steep; the only reason why I purchased the game is because I think there are a dearth of great Civil War video games for me to nerd out on in lieu of my social life. Yet, price is a matter of perspective I suppose.

Finally, I know my review is rather cursory: I didn't delve too deeply into the mechanics of the game, its graphics, its GUI, and so on. I suspect anyone with a deep interest in the Civil War will probably overlook their qualms with these elements of the game just to enjoy burning Atlanta to the freaking ground (I sure did, anyway). I'm sure there are other reviews which offer a more detailed account about the game and its mechanical flaws anyway. So, in conclusion, if you're hardcore Civil War nerd, then by all means - buy the game. If not, you'll most likely want to save your money for other titles that've been tickling your fancy lately. Thanks for reading!
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Tuan Jim
( 43.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
The game is extremely complex and I'm happy that they gave a lot of attention to the naval and riverine operations of the civil war. I would give the game a 9/10 except for the fact that it crashes constantly. The best of the Ageod games.
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Burgers are best
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
Too many bugs, can't believe they're actually selling a product with this many issues.
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fallacy4all
( 436.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
I bought this game because I've been fascinated by the Civil War for years and I'm always looking for a game that depicts the war realistically. Most fall short but maybe this game succeeds too much. Its got everything, including a very long manual you will need to read and understand if you want to learn how to set up armies and how to train them, feed them, and lead them to victory. If you don't understand the logistics, it's going to be a frustrating, losing endeavor. You won't find a lot of help on the internet either. On the plus side, it does have EVERYTHING: surveilance balloons, train transport, gatling guns, monitors and blockade ships, cavalry, artillery, spies, possible foreign intervention and much, much more. I've had this game for months and I still haven't mastered it, but I'm working on it.
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whitehawkfalling
( 352.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
Great game. Good historical accuracy for the most part, but let's you change history. Best American Civil War game yet for sure. On the downside it took me about 10 hours to learn the game, and I assume there is more to learn. It is buggy and will crash after an hour or two of play. I have never lost any data, just had to restart the game.
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Dadaan
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
Very fun and time consuming. Take the time to skim through the manual as well as learn the shortcut keys. This will greatly improve your play experience.
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kuraharri
( 47.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
One of the best grand strategies about American civil war. It's a bit arduous process to get to know your stuff before you can get the most out of the game. Yet still i find it to be forth it. Looking forward to spengin many hours with this game. If you are in for grand strategies I highly recommend this title. But read the manual. It will all be easier after that :)
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arg_106
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
It is a step backwards for AGEOD. The new engine they created is ugly, conusing even for veteran players, and on top of everything it adds little to nothing from the original Civil War's engine and gameplay. I highly recommend purchasing the original Civil War as it's engine is more appealing to the eye and much more easy to get into.
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Tyrannical Tyler
( 634.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
One of the best strategy game I have ever played.
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B1G_DAWG
( 32.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
This game is totally junk. Don't waste your time because it is a sure waste of money.
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krashkart
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
crash simulator
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Manbearpig
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
There are many things to love about this detailed Civil War simulator. While the learning curve may be steep, anyone with a familiarity with Paradox Interactive titles should be able to adapt pretty easily. I'm trulely impressed with all of the options and depth given to this game. It really shows that this is a passion project for the developer, there are so many little tips and tricks and ways to tweak your units to be just that much more powerful with the right experience and knowhow.

This is exactly the type of game I love to play to death, which is why it pains me to say that you should stay away from this title. While wonderfully deep, this strategy game is almost unplayable due to the amount of time the AI takes to make a turn. While you're itching to get in that one more turn you'll be sitting there waiting for the computer to finally make their move. Most of the game will be spent sitting and waiting to go again. If you still really want to try the title out wait until a sale like I did, but be prepared to wait and wait and wait.
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oracle1001
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 5
Very well thought out game. Takes a half hour to learn but years to develop different strategies. Easy to play but detailed as well. Definitely for the wargamer/ history lover/ Civil War buff. Anyone who loves strategy games.
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jagular
( 418.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 19
This is my first review on Steam, but I had to leave a review for this game because of how strongly I feel about it. You can see by the hours I have put in that I like this game. It was my first AGEOD experience and at first I admit I was rather confused at what to do. But after reading the AGEOD forums I found that not only is this game amazing and the best American Civil War game available, but that the developers are very interactive with their gamers and have numerous other games for different time periods while they contantly improve on their methods.

You have to like the game board turn based style. If that is not your thing, maybe its not right for you, but you never know until you try. I am now a huge AGEOD fan and it all started with this game which I bought on a whim and despite other negative reviews from people who probably prefer to play Assasin's Creed or a similar game.

My opinion? 100% recomended. Right now it is by far my favorite game. Once you figure it out you can literally forget to eat all day, it is that good.
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vikti
( 59.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3
Civil War II has the makings of bing one of the best strategy game available -- especially on the Civil War, definitely an underserved topic. It's extremely complex, but that translates into a realistic feeling: war is complex.

Unfortunately, AGEOD has dropped the ball in 2 major areas:

First, the bugs. Almost all players have commented on them, so it's the game, not individual computers. In a campaign, the game crashes about every 3rd turn. Fortunately, reloading the game with a previous save allows the war to go on. Except I reached March 1863 and encountered a hard crash that's unrecoverable, recurs after reboots & reloads.

That's hundreds of hours down the tubes. (I'm running an i7-3770 w/ 64 GB RAM & 4GB VRAM, Windows 10). The game's been out almost a year -- 6 months since the last patch. Obviously AGEOD has taken what money suckers gave them and gone on to other projects.

The 2nd problem is balance. In my games, whenever the USS Monitor meets the CSS Virginia, the Confederate ironclad is obliterated in a single battle, leaving the Monitor unscratched -- and able to navigate the Atlantic in winter to reach the Florida keys without refueling.

It's impossible for the South to capture Washington. There are over 1000 points locked into the city, ready to be released any time a Southern unit steps foot in Montgomery County (even if the unit is retreating from a minor skirmish in Frederick MD). Not only that, a union army of about 500 points suddenly appears in Fairfax VA out of nowhere.

Don't capture and then exit a union town. A unit suddenly appears out of nowhere and retakes the town. Though only 17-points strong, it can withstand seige by a 200-point division for more than 5 turns.

Sigh. CW II would be such an interesting game, if only AGEOD could invest just a little more time to fix the remaining problems.
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LC
( 358.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2015
steep learning curve but fantastic game! This game has so many varialbles and alternative options--it's excellent. Realize that you must spend a significant chunk of start-up time to L2P.
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GuileMike
( 125.4 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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genovanhook
( 66.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 25, 2015
great game
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reinselc
( 135.8 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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Reklin
( 224.7 hrs on record )
Posted: October 11, 2015
I cannot tell you how much I wanted to give this game a rave review. I love the subject matter. I love their attention to detail, and the depth and the sheer possibility of intrigue and drama. That all said.. this game is criminally flawed.

1. This game has NO MULTIPLAYER. The description details it as a multiplayer game.. any experienced gamer would expect to to be a multiplayer game.. but no.. they call it multiplayer because you can PBEM thats.. play by email. MULTIPLAYER!

2. This game eats itself in only a matter of turns.. and anytime I have anything interesting about to happen I get a flurry of fail messages in french. Some can be skipped by and you get to go back to a dying game that you know can go no farther. In this state its often unable to create a new save game. So it reverts on the next resume. I have never been able to finish a game because of this.

3. The South feels over-powered.. or the North feels under-powered.

So there is the review.. if you love Civil War era games.. you may still want to buy this game. I am sticking it out hoping to change this review in the near future as I love the game.. and want to see them succeed. That said.. its critically flawed.. and it basically lies about it's capabilities. This is a single player game of great depth and potential.. that cannot advance more than four turns without exploding into a ball of fire.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
436.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
I bought this game because I've been fascinated by the Civil War for years and I'm always looking for a game that depicts the war realistically. Most fall short but maybe this game succeeds too much. Its got everything, including a very long manual you will need to read and understand if you want to learn how to set up armies and how to train them, feed them, and lead them to victory. If you don't understand the logistics, it's going to be a frustrating, losing endeavor. You won't find a lot of help on the internet either. On the plus side, it does have EVERYTHING: surveilance balloons, train transport, gatling guns, monitors and blockade ships, cavalry, artillery, spies, possible foreign intervention and much, much more. I've had this game for months and I still haven't mastered it, but I'm working on it.
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7.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Very fun and time consuming. Take the time to skim through the manual as well as learn the shortcut keys. This will greatly improve your play experience.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
One of the best grand strategies about American civil war. It's a bit arduous process to get to know your stuff before you can get the most out of the game. Yet still i find it to be forth it. Looking forward to spengin many hours with this game. If you are in for grand strategies I highly recommend this title. But read the manual. It will all be easier after that :)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
352.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Great game. Good historical accuracy for the most part, but let's you change history. Best American Civil War game yet for sure. On the downside it took me about 10 hours to learn the game, and I assume there is more to learn. It is buggy and will crash after an hour or two of play. I have never lost any data, just had to restart the game.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Very well thought out game. Takes a half hour to learn but years to develop different strategies. Easy to play but detailed as well. Definitely for the wargamer/ history lover/ Civil War buff. Anyone who loves strategy games.
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634.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
One of the best strategy game I have ever played.
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Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
There are many things to love about this detailed Civil War simulator. While the learning curve may be steep, anyone with a familiarity with Paradox Interactive titles should be able to adapt pretty easily. I'm trulely impressed with all of the options and depth given to this game. It really shows that this is a passion project for the developer, there are so many little tips and tricks and ways to tweak your units to be just that much more powerful with the right experience and knowhow.

This is exactly the type of game I love to play to death, which is why it pains me to say that you should stay away from this title. While wonderfully deep, this strategy game is almost unplayable due to the amount of time the AI takes to make a turn. While you're itching to get in that one more turn you'll be sitting there waiting for the computer to finally make their move. Most of the game will be spent sitting and waiting to go again. If you still really want to try the title out wait until a sale like I did, but be prepared to wait and wait and wait.
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Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Too many bugs, can't believe they're actually selling a product with this many issues.
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Recommended
125.4 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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Not Recommended
59.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Civil War II has the makings of bing one of the best strategy game available -- especially on the Civil War, definitely an underserved topic. It's extremely complex, but that translates into a realistic feeling: war is complex.

Unfortunately, AGEOD has dropped the ball in 2 major areas:

First, the bugs. Almost all players have commented on them, so it's the game, not individual computers. In a campaign, the game crashes about every 3rd turn. Fortunately, reloading the game with a previous save allows the war to go on. Except I reached March 1863 and encountered a hard crash that's unrecoverable, recurs after reboots & reloads.

That's hundreds of hours down the tubes. (I'm running an i7-3770 w/ 64 GB RAM & 4GB VRAM, Windows 10). The game's been out almost a year -- 6 months since the last patch. Obviously AGEOD has taken what money suckers gave them and gone on to other projects.

The 2nd problem is balance. In my games, whenever the USS Monitor meets the CSS Virginia, the Confederate ironclad is obliterated in a single battle, leaving the Monitor unscratched -- and able to navigate the Atlantic in winter to reach the Florida keys without refueling.

It's impossible for the South to capture Washington. There are over 1000 points locked into the city, ready to be released any time a Southern unit steps foot in Montgomery County (even if the unit is retreating from a minor skirmish in Frederick MD). Not only that, a union army of about 500 points suddenly appears in Fairfax VA out of nowhere.

Don't capture and then exit a union town. A unit suddenly appears out of nowhere and retakes the town. Though only 17-points strong, it can withstand seige by a 200-point division for more than 5 turns.

Sigh. CW II would be such an interesting game, if only AGEOD could invest just a little more time to fix the remaining problems.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
418.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
This is my first review on Steam, but I had to leave a review for this game because of how strongly I feel about it. You can see by the hours I have put in that I like this game. It was my first AGEOD experience and at first I admit I was rather confused at what to do. But after reading the AGEOD forums I found that not only is this game amazing and the best American Civil War game available, but that the developers are very interactive with their gamers and have numerous other games for different time periods while they contantly improve on their methods.

You have to like the game board turn based style. If that is not your thing, maybe its not right for you, but you never know until you try. I am now a huge AGEOD fan and it all started with this game which I bought on a whim and despite other negative reviews from people who probably prefer to play Assasin's Creed or a similar game.

My opinion? 100% recomended. Right now it is by far my favorite game. Once you figure it out you can literally forget to eat all day, it is that good.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
358.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
steep learning curve but fantastic game! This game has so many varialbles and alternative options--it's excellent. Realize that you must spend a significant chunk of start-up time to L2P.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
66.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
great game
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113 of 116 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2014
Very complex game but 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 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.

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 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 in the actual game 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 most complex strategic game I have ever played. The complexity does put you off playing it unless you have a bit of time and brain power to spare, but for those who love very deep strategy games this is about as deep as they get.
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66 of 68 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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 turns...so 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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50 of 52 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
62.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
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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68 of 81 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2014
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.
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37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
ENG:
Ah, had to write short review of AGEod's Civil War II, but always forgot to do this :)

Civil War II is a hard to start if you're not familiar with American Civil War, but that's a good side of every AGEod game, if it's hard to start and don't know exactly game's subject history - you start to dig for it, visiting subject's theme web pages, reading history books and etc.
Then, when you understand how this Civil War was fought, you start to goin' deeper and deeper in the game and thanks to AGEod development team you always feel the spirit of their game, this time it's American Civil War.

Before To End All Wars(latest AGEod game) Civil War II was their grandest historical wargame - from my point of view.
Every time AGEod creates their new title, they always add game's subject flavor - Events, map design, battle system, communication systems, army hierarchy and what's most important - transport system, this time we're not using only roads, we have railroads and river transport which gives player a lot of space to maneuver leading his troops to victory.

Small scenarios(Battles) and probably the most detailed tutorial could be a good start for newcomers, but Civil War II still is challenging to play, especially if you're trying to win in 2 Theater Grand Campaign as Confederacy.

If you're intersted in American Civil War or you think that it could be interesting for you, Civil War II is a good start, but keep in mind, that every AGEod game ask players for patience(while learning game mechanics and while waiting for AI turn :D).

RUS:

Всегда забывал написать небольшое ревью на Civil War II :)

В Civil War II довольно тяжело начать играть если вы не знакомы с Гражданской Войнов в США, но это хорошая сторона каждого варгейма от AGEod, если трудно начать и не имеешь детального представления о сабже, то начинаешь посещять тематические сайты, ищешь книги по данным событиям и т.д.
Затем, когда вы понимаете, как велась эта гражданская война, вы проникаться игрой, и благодаря команде разработчиков AGEod вы всегда будете чувствовать дух периода, которому посвящена игра, на этот раз это Гражданская война в США.

Прежде чем To End All Wars (последнее AGEod игра) вышла, Civil War II была прорывов в варгеймах от AGEod - во всяком случае с моей точки зрения.
Каждый раз, когда AGEod создает свой новый варгейм, они всегда добавляют игре дух того времени - эвенты, дизайн карты, боевая система, системы связи, ОШС и, что самое главное(в данном случае) - транспортная система, на этот раз мы перемещаем свои армии по дорогам, у нас есть железные дороги и речной транспорт, который дает игроку достаточно много места для маневра своих войск.

Маленькие сценарии(Битвы) и, вероятно, наиболее подробное руководство может быть хорошим стартом для новичков, но Civil War II от этого не перестаёт быть сложной игрой, особенно если вы пытаетесь выиграть в Гранд кампании ведя войну на два фронта за Конфедерацию.

Если вы интересуетесь Гражданской Войной в США или вы думаете, что этот период и/или эти события могут быть интересно для вас, Civil War II - хорошее начало, но имейте в виду, что каждая игра AGEod требудет от игроков терпение (во время обучения игровой механики и во время ходов AI :D).
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44 of 52 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
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.
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
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 :)
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