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”
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
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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25 of 36 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
419.5 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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