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Civilization II is a must-have game. Sales are already astonishing MacSoft. The old version was terrific; this is even better. Remember, though, that it is so engrossing that you may find yourself doing nothing else.
This is a great game, probably one of the best out there today. If you're into world-building sims, you must try this one.
Civilization II really is a great game for a personal computer. First-person perspectives can be had on any platform, while console machines lend themselves well to games on a track (think Wipeout or Sonic). It takes a big hard drive and more RAM than your average PlayStation to manage and store the complex model of an entire world, and it take lots of keys to direct your minions. It's this complexity that gives Civilization II its legs—you'll be playing it for years to come.
Civilization is one of the few turn-based strategy games (in which each participant–human or computer–takes turns) that we recommend. But in this case, you'll be thankful for the extra time to contemplate your moves. Civilization II is immense, offering you the chance to build an entire civilization up from almost nothing. You begin with some settlers and fertile land, and start to build cities. If you're skillful, you can "win" at Civilization II without even firing a shot. But after thousands of years of pacifying your citizens and bluffing aggressive competing civilizations, you'll still feel as if you've been through a war.