Excerpt: Date: 3/13/2007 If you’re reading this review, chances are that you’re already a big fan of the excellent space strategy game Galactic Civilizations II (GC2). After all, Dark Avatar is an expansion for the original GC2. I’m therefore going to assume that you’re already familiar with GC2 and if you’re not I direct you to our GC2 review to see what the game’s all about.
Excerpt: Date: 3/19/2006 Let me start off by telling you right up front that Galactic Civilizations II is a great game. If that’s all you were looking to find out, then there you have it. Go right out and buy the game because you’ll probably love it. Go on, it’s OK.
Excerpt: Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords is a “4X” game, where your goal is to explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate. It’s also the sequel to 2003’s Galactic Civilizations . I didn’t play that earlier game, but from what I can tell people seemed to like it, and so developer Stardock Entertainment decided not to play with fire.
Excerpt: All I can say about this game is, “Wow, what a game it is!” Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar doesn’t disappoint in any way shape or form. This game , I don’t even call this a expansion pack its way beyond that, is all about quality gameplay.
Excerpt: When Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords came out, our reviewer was pretty impressed. Given that it was possibly the most in-depth turn based strategy game ever created, and given that it takes place in space which by its very nature is infinite, you end up with a game with endless replay ability. You can see our review of it here .
PC Review - 'Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar'
21 March 2007
Summary: Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar features an expanded feature list such as new units, new maps, a new story-based campaign, user-created opponents, an epic generator, espionage agents, asteroid fields, new diplomatic treaties, unique planet environments and others based on fan feedback and suggestions.
Summary: Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords was on most strategy-game-of-the-year awards lists in 2006, garnering praise from many as the best space-based "4X" (exploring, expanding, exploiting, exterminating) game ever released for the PC. That's a tough act to follow, yet somehow Stardock has managed to produce an add-on package that elevates the game to an even higher level of strategy gaming excellence.
Pros: New features provide even more strategic breadth and depth, excellent artificial intelligence has been tuned to be even better, easy ability to mod and customize provides a plethora of user-made add-ons, dramatic new campaign
Cons: No multiplayer, diplomacy could use a little more depth
Conclusion: If you’re a fan of Dread Lords, then this expansion should absolutely be on your list to pick up as soon as possible. Go download it, I’ll wait… And if you’re just looking into strategy games in general it’s well worth getting the gold package which includes both Dread Lords and Dark Avatar. Hours of very satisfying game play to be had. Now you’ll have to excuse me. My miners are rioting.