Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition - Initial Thoughts

About the Game (From the Steam Store Page)

Get the complete Galactic Civilizations II saga including the acclaimed PC strategy game of the year Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords, the award winning expansion pack Dark Avatar, and the newest expansion pack Twilight of the Arnor!

Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords: Galactic Civilizations II is the sequel to 2003's hit turn-based strategy game of the same name. The player takes on the role of the leader of a space-faring civilization and must guide its expansion in a hostile galaxy. Gamers must balance their economic, technological, diplomatic, cultural, and military power to forge alliances, fight wars, and ultimately dominate the galaxy. The game is single-player and allows the player to play randomly generated galactic maps or play through a multi-mission campaign that tells the story of an ancient enemy called the Dread Lords.

Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar: The expansion pack for Stardock's award-winning hit strategy game, Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords. This expansion pack not only adds the usual content that expansion packs tend to do such as new opponents, new units and a new campaign. It also greatly expands the game play of Galactic Civilizations II. New features include asteroid belts on the map that can be mined for resources, unique planets that require special technologies to colonize, spies to conduct sabotage and destabilization (or used to protect your worlds from the same), new types of diplomatic treaties, an enhanced artificial intelligence engine, and much more!

Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor: The year is 2227 and the fire of war is consuming the galaxy thanks to the manipulations of the evil Dread Lords. But the remaining factions, led by the humans, have a plan to rid the galaxy of the Dread Lords once and for all.

Expand the Galactic Civilizations II universe with Terror Stars, unique technology trees per civilization, Map editors, Custom Scenario makers, campaign editors, new types of ships, new planetary improvements, and much more!
Previous Playtime

61 hours

What Was I Thinking When I Bought This

Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition is a historical game for me - it's the first time I bought the digital version of a game I already owned on disc just to get the DLC. The only real difference between this and my later, more nakedly impulsive acquisitions is that I paid full price for it. At the ime, I regarded this as a pretty safe purchase, because I'd already played the base game off and on for years and I always enjoyed myself.

Expectations and Prior Experience

Honestly, I'm expecting this to be quick to play and dull to blog about. It's been years since I last played Galactic Civilizations II, but I remember it being a competently-executed, but middle-of-the-road space 4X. I would be very surprised if it took me more than 3-4 days to get through.

That being said, I can't really remember anything particularly distinctive about the game, in either the positive or negative sense of the word. The ship-builder was one of the best in the genre when it came to cosmetic customization. And . . .

Well, I guess it will be a good opportunity to rediscover a game I used to love, but haven't thought about in years.

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