Excerpt: The Civilisation series has dominated the turn-based strategy scene for over a decade. I spent years of my own life stomping around a virtual globe pretending to be Byzantine and hitting things with sticks.
Excerpt: In 2006, Stardock released a strategy title that flew under the radar of many people.
Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords
carved its way into strategy gaming’s hierarchy through solid reviews, critical acclaim, and word-of-mouth.
Excerpt: As the nights draw in and the weather gets cold and wet, there's nothing we like better here at VideoGamer.com than to cuddle up with a hot water bottle, a laptop, a duvet and turn-based strategy game, and Galactic Civilizations II: Endless Universe fits the bill perfectly.
Excerpt: When you hear the phrase " four X ", what's the first thing that leaps into your mind's eye? Australians loading up a pick-up truck with crates of canned lager until the rear wheels fall off from the sheer weight, or the ruthless rape of the natural world and the extermination of indigenous...
Conclusion: All that being said, here's the bottom line. If you like strategy, you will mostly likely love this game. If you especially like 4x space strategy games then you might as well take a week off from work and dig in. Either that or skip that morning meeting.
Pros: Best 4x Strategy game out there. Once your get hooked, this game will stay on your computer for a long time. Lots of detail and nothing is there without a reason. Enormous amount of replay;
Cons: Lots of depth so it is initially overwhelming. Reading the manual is practically a requirement to fully grasp all the game has to offer. No real multiplayer. This won't be for everyone, RTS/action fans might want to think twice before picking this one up.
Excerpt: If you think you are a pretty good strategist on land, then you might want to try your luck in space. Galactic Civilizations II is probably the most complex empire-building simulation you will ever play.