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Galactic Civilization II: Dread Lords Review

Galactic Civilization II

Galactic Civilization took the PC gaming scene by surprise. The game generated such a strong following that fans were rabid for more. Earlier this year, Stardock answered the call and released Galactic Civilization II: Dread Lords. The result is a game that not only attempts to improve on the formula set forth by the original, but also introduces new and unique features that will surely revolutionize the genre.

For those not familiar with the series, Galactic Civilization is a 4x turn-based strategy game. The genre basically means that a player can successfully complete a game by cultural domination, military conquest, technological supremacy or by universal alliance. Four different ways to achieve your goal.

The A.I. in Galactic Civilization II is quite advanced, maybe too advanced for its own good. The exceptional A.I. means that the game has a pretty steep learning curve. Luckily, there are several difficulty settings, but even at the lowest denomination, the game remains pretty hard. A little suggestion to you all would be to revisit the tutorial levels on more than one occasion, mastering those tutorials would be beneficial in the long run as you’ll be familiar with the game’s basic gameplay elements. All in all, the game’s overall difficulty is what makes Galactic Civilization II fun and exciting.

Not only does Galactic Civilization II features 10 playable races, but it’s also possible to create your own custom race. Eight of those races are groups that appeared in the original game, they include: the Altarian Republic, the Arcean Empire, the Drath Legion, the Dominion of the Korx , the Drengin Empire, the Terran Alliance, the Torian Confederation and the Yor Collective. The last two races are exclusive to the sequel, these races are the Iconian Refuge and the Thalan Empire. As noted previously, one can design his own race to cater to his specific needs.

In comparison to other games in the genre, the game’s graphics are a tad disappointing. What you get is a game powered by a custom 3D game engine. The engine enables gamers to pan and zoom through Dread Lords’ detailed surroundings. The amount of detail given to these surroundings makes Galactic Civilization II aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. Sure, this might not be the nicest game in its genre, but the game’s overall presentation makes it all worthwhile in the end.

Another nice thing about the game is that it doesn’t come with any sort of copy protection. You can install Galactic Civilization II on any machine without even using the provided CD-key. The only down side to not using the serial number is that you won’t be eligible for future patches and updates. Stardock promises that registered owners will be able to re-download the game from their servers at any time, which is a nice feature for those people who have a knack of either loosing their CDs or damaging them.

My main gripe with this game is that it doesn’t have any multiplayer component. The thought of being able to play Galactic Civilization II with others is just too hard to resist. The interesting thing about this is that developer Stardock is hinting on the game’s official site that it’s considering implementing the functionality to the game through an expansion pack or update.

Galactic Civilization II: Dread Lords is available to purchase via digital download through Stardock or get a boxed retail copy through your favorite PC game vendor. No matter how you acquire the game, you’re bound to have a great time with one of the year’s best strategy games. Galactic Civilization II: Dread Lords gets a near-perfect 4.8 star review (out of five) from this editor. Get your Galactic Civilization II fix by visiting http://www.galciv2.com.

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