We have previously covered this awesome game and
now Auran releases the gold edition of the title, which includes the
Dark Avatar expansion pack which allows a host of new features,
worlds and creatures to engage in interstellar strategy that is sure
to keep you on the edge of your seat. Not only that but many of the
“faults” in the first game have been significantly enhanced graphics
and other gameplay elements.
This entire package is one that makes one of the
best space strats of all time even better so make sure you get out
there and enjoy.
For your ease of navigation, we include our
original review of Dread Lords. Enjoy!
The year is 2225. The
reckless humans have joined the other galactic powers who now race
for control and domination in the galaxy. The evil Drengin Empire
has plans to wipe out the humans and their allies but as they will
all discover, there is something far worse in the universe than each
Civilizations takes place in the 23rd century and mankind has just
begun its leap into the stars and encountered a wide variety of
alien civilizations who are also attempting to expand their empires.
These races were once subdued by the ancient Dread Lords who
mysteriously vanished centuries ago, allowing the lesser races a
chance to explore the cosmos.
The game takes this
plotline and incorporates it into a turn based strategy where
players must interact with several other civilizations all vying for
control of the galaxy. Galactic Civilizations is essentially a
galaxy sized game of Risk where players must manage their
territories and attempt to gain control of all other civilizations.
Play as the Terran Alliance or as one of 9 alien
races -- or create your own
Design your own ships both in how they look and
how they function
Sophisticated diplomatic engine makes sure politics
takes a center stage as well
Watch your designed ships and fleets do battle in
GalCiv II's state of the art 3D engine
Play stand-alone games with randomly generated
galaxies, preset scenarios, or a multi-mission campaign that
provides the back story for the game
Advanced governors and empire management ensure that
the late game won't bog down, even on gigantic maps.
No CD copy protection. Once you install, you never
need your CD again. You can even use the included serial # to
re-download the entire game from us years from now.
are several different ways to actually beat Galactic Civilizations
which allows players to achieve military, diplomatic, technological,
and cultural victories. Military victories are achieved by either
wiping out the other civilizations or forcing them to surrender.
Diplomatic victories occur when players are able to establish good
relations and communications across the galaxy while cultural
victories are obtained by exporting a civilization’s culture to
other races and becoming the envy of the galaxy.
victories are achieved by advancing so far in the game’s technology
tree that a race actually achieves a higher state of existence and
leaves temporal existence entirely. Each of these victories requires
a different strategy to win and choosing which victory to strive for
at any part of the game is the most important decision players will
The graphics in
Galactic Civilizations won’t win any awards, but certainly don’t
detract from the game in any way. The galaxy is rendered in full 3D,
with moons rotating around planets and impressive looking stellar
clouds in the background. Players are able to zoom the camera out
until the galaxy looks like a chessboard, or zoom in on a particular
ship they are interested in.
Combat also looks
impressive with laser beams shooting across the screen using
appropriate lighting effects. The cutscenes in the game are fully
rendered in 3D using the game’s engine and are quite impressive.
Galactic Civilizations II is an impressive title that featuers some
extraordinary realistic A.I that offers gamers hours and hours upon
of gameplay value as each turn is randomly generated. The only
downside to the title is the lacklustre tutorial that features
several videos of how to master the game but apart from that, check