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. Endless Universe is not technically a new entry in the Galactic Civilizations pantheon, but instead is a retail release of the Dark Avatar and Twilight of the Arnor standalone expansion packs, which,...
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 populations, all in the name of 'civilization'? If it's the former of the two, then I suggest you go to the pub and buy a pint of the old amber nectar.
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. The title brought 4X strategy titles (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) back to an area they’ve wrongfully ignored for far too long: space.
Excerpt: I remember playing some of the earlier 4X (explore, expand, exploit, exterminate) style games - Master of Orion 2 was one that, while I got into it late, was a really fun one to play for me. However, Master of Orion 3 was very disappointing. I heard good things about the first Galactic Civilizations game but simply didn't have time to play it.
Summary: Galactic Civilizations II is a strategy gamer's dream, boasting a rare mix of depth, customizability, humor, and replayability.
Pros: Extremely customizable gameplay provides superb replayability, The best AI in strategy gaming, Very cool ship designer that significantly contributes to gameplay, Truly viable variable victory conditions, Will keep you up all night playing "just one more turn"
Cons: No multiplayer, Tech tree could use more information on new techs
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