Civilization II

Civilization II

Civilization II

Just a quickie (oooo er) about Civilization II. After much twittering about this game the other day I decided to dust off my old PC copy and play it again. I found the disc in amongst a few other classics neatly stored away in a disc holder. Afraid it wouldn’t work (the disc looks pretty beaten up) I proceeded to install, it worked fine. First thing I noticed was that it was quite refreshing to install such a playable game that quickly, less than a minute from install to loading up (and not a sign of a game update required). I dove straight in to the action.

Civilization II

I made a custom world, medium map, played at prince level and stupidly selected the raging hordes for barbarians, I played against 4 other civilizations. I selected to be the Romans myself, so I could employ the unfunny name of ‘Naughtius Jamesius’, some things never change. The game started well until I realized I’d completely forgotten how to play, tactics and strategies were absent from the beginning and soon the 4 other civilizations were ploughing ahead with warfare, advancing technology and building wonders of the world. My only saving grace was the fact my people seemed to like me, therefore I could address my fellow leaders from a throne instead of a rock.

Civilization II

30 minutes into the game and the other civilizations knew I was weak (I didn’t need the pop up report to tell me that – puny Romans), it was time to make alliances and play dirty, let’s just say the Persians and Greeks had no idea what was coming and would pay for their earlier mockery. Triumphs however were short-lived, 2 hours later I was destroyed by the Vikings, Mongols and eh, barbarians. The score I reached really isn’t worth mentioning here. Still, the time playing this flew by and it is still an amazing amount of fun, I’ll be playing again over the weekend (now I’ve had a warm up game), so hopefully it’ll go a bit better next time.

Definitely one of my all time favorite turn based strategy games, I still prefer this version than some of the later Civilization games, just as addictive as it was back then too.

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James Hare

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6 thoughts on “Civilization II

  • I used to play Civilization 2 Gold Multiplayer (the gold box) a lot in hotseat with my friends, sometimes on 2-3 computers at a time, while playing Magic The Gathering. -Ig-

  • I started my adventure with Civilization with the first one but Civilization II in all of its forms was probably the one that I spent most time at and it was the main driving force behind me falling in love with the series. It may not be as good as Civ 4 or Civ 5 (with all the DLC) but it’s a well aged gem that everyone should play at least once in their life time.

  • “One more turn” – for me I would say that every day 24 hours a day

  • Civ 2 was my favorite for many years until Civilization 4 came out in its final form.

  • Ah, ‘one more turn’ would definitely turn into at least 3 more hours of game play 😉 still play this one a lot, I may have dipped a toe into Civ 5 more recently too.

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