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Sid Meier's Civilization II (Windows)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

The best Pc Game ever made. Hands down William Shawn McDonie (1088) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Caution: May Be Habit-Forming!!! Aaron of Minneapolis (4) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A Good Strategy Game AstroNerdBoy (40) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Beyond any doubt or question the best video game ever created, for any platform. Rick Jones (108) unrated
Probably, the most addictive game in the world. Craig Tanswell (18) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
Better than the first one Yeah Right (57) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
One of the best strategy games ever. Vincent Valentine (25) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Addictive is not always good. Ran Prieur (19) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
Jumped the shark B Jones (14) unrated
Its was good, but RTS beats it hands down Peter Clark (10) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall User Score (264 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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The DOS Spirit
Styrken til Civilization II er alle de forskjellige mulighetene man har til å påvirke sin sivilisasjon. Disse valgmulighetene bidrar derfor til at man får stor spillglede og hundrevis av timer med underholdning. Vi i dosspirit.net kan derfor ikke gjøre annet enn å anbefale Civilization 2 på det sterkeste!
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
The biggest problem for me was the lack of a multiplayer engine of any kind, particularly given that CIVNET is already up and functioning. Also, it's too bad the computer can't just concede defeat when you've amassed an insurmountable lead, so you don't have to slog through hours of uncompetitive play just to see the victory screen. Still, this is a minor quibble. On the whole, CIV II is a spectacularly addictive and time-consuming sequel worthy of its predecessor. I had to delete CIVILIZATION from my hard drive to fit this game on, and I suspect that CIV II will stay on my hard drive until (if) CIV III comes along.
All Game Guide
You will want to play Civilization II over and over, as every game is different. Also included are a couple of pre-set scenarios to play out and a map editor, allowing you to build the perfect world.
Entertainment Weekly
Like the original Civ, this enhanced version lets aspiring despots rule a kingdom of their own, starting in 4000 b.c. and working up to the modern era. Along the way you build new cities (in my case, Benburg and Benadelphia) and battle such historical figures as Catherine the Great and Mao Zedong. The cheat switch isn't the only cool new feature; Civ 2 offers graphics, live-action film clips, and an arsenal of advanced weapons. Today Benburg, tomorrow the world.
High Score
Civilization II är så komplett och mångfasetterat att det är omöjligt att beskriva i ord. Varje beslut du fattar betyder stora förändringar för framtiden, och varje missat beslut kan innebära ett snöpligt slut för dina storslagna drömmar.
Jag antar att det är just det episka som tilltalade mig då och som gjort så sedan dess. Jag är en stor fan av spel som är rejält genomarbetade och anpassade för att kunna spelas många timmar om dygnet i en lång tid framöver, utan att upprepa sig självt allt för ofta. Jag tror slutligen att jag kan konstatera att det är dessa anledningar som gör att jag fortfarande älskar Civilization II. Jag råder er som har spelet liggandes hemma att plocka upp det och starta installationen. Skillnaden mellan Civ II och Civ IV är trots allt inte enorm, men som bonus i det förra får man den där underbara känslan av nostalgi.
PC Player (Germany)
Für Freizeitstrategen auf der Suche nach langfristiger Unterhaltung ist Civiliazion 2 ein Muß: Nirgends findet man einen ähnlich epischen Spielverlauf und kann so viele verschiedene Strategien anwenden.
While those looking for a revolutionary new game may not be entirely satisfied, any serious gamer who can even imagine enjoying this game probably will. While Microprose did not build an entirely new beast with this game, I feel that they kept the best of the original and changed weaker points in regards to user input. If you find yourself still playing Civilization every once in a while, or even if you want to, get this game. It may not be perfect, but it's pretty darn good. In fact, if this were an original release (not a sequel), I think it would be given immediate enshrinement. It's a great game, and I give it a 94. It could be a little better, but I'm so busy looking at the things I like that it's hard to remember the things I don't. If only the Civ II Net Pack is a patch and not an entirely separate product, I'll be in heaven. And if I do hear that nasty Cyberdemon calling again, there's always the Aegis cruiser ...
Gameplay (Benelux)
Civilization 2 heeft al het goede overgenomen van zijn reeds bejaarde broer. Je vindt alle verslavende elementen uit de eerste versie terug. Dat slaat natuurlijk borg voor uren speelplezier. Voor diegenen die niet tegen hun verlies kunnen, heeft Sid zelfs een volledig cheat-menu ingebouwd. Gewoon op de menu-balk, de cheat-optie aanzetten. Daarna kan je vrijwel alles wijzigen: de hele wereldkaart tonen en eventueel aanpassen, geld in kassa veranderen, bepaalde uitvindingen bezorgen, het jaartal vooruit zetten tot en met een hele natie uitroeien. Maar ja, wie gaat daar nu gebruik van maken. Alhoewel, die optie om het geld in de kassa aan te passen zou mij toch wel van pas komen. Dan kan ik stoppen met die geldtransporten te overvallen.
After the disappointing example set by X-COM 2, many gamers expected Civilization II to be nothing more than Sid Meier's original game with a few new graphics tacked on. Others were worried that the game's designers would stray too far from the path, and would ruin the spectacular play balance that made Civilization such a hit. In the end, the design team at Microprose managed to add a score of new play elements that help the aging strategy classic evolve - without sacrificing the game's addictive qualities.

Online Gaming Review (OGR)
My main disappointment in the game was the learning curve. In my opinion, a fist time player has a better start with this game than an old time Civ 1 player like myself, mostly because of the similarities between the two games. One would expect an ad vantage to lie with the old time player, but because of the extensive remodeling of the game, the similarities tend to lead you down the garden path to extinction. However, it is easily a game worth buying, and will probably get my vote for best game of the year, unless Master of Orion 2 is absolutely amazing. It's fun, engrossing, and you will get your money's worth several times over out of the game. Kudos to Microprose for this release.
Despite the title’s general excellence, there are, of course, dozens more things the designers could have done with Civilization 2 (a complex UN option would have been good, as would the ability to make lots of money quickly, in illegal ways), but they had to draw the line somewhere. Luckily they’ve drawn it at the point where the game isn’t a pointlessly radicle departure from the original, but is still a significant improvement. For a long-term challenge which changes every time a game is begun, Civ 2 cannot be more highly recommended. Even for those who can finish Civ on its highest skill level, there will be enough here to rekindle their interest.
Also, ihr Möchtegern-Eroberer und Feldherren, die ihr irgendwann einmal davon geträumt habt, die Welt zu beherrschen, hier ist euer Spiel. Und alle anderen, die das ursprüngliche Civilization kennen ( ihr werdet nicht enttäuscht sein. Dieses Spiel ist eine solide Investition und wird in eurer Kollektion einen Ehrenplatz einnehmen. Kauft es, oder ihr werdet es bedauern.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Civilization 2 is awesome and addicting in everyway, it’s also only the second game for Windows 95 that was worth playing at all (the other being Ultima Online). If you loved the original, then set aside a few weeks to play out one of the large games on a high level. Civilization 2 is definitely one of the best games of the year!
PC Zone
There aren't too many games that offer such a wide variety of confrontations, especially those such as this, without any multiplayer options tagged on the side. Turn-based strategy has rarely been so well-handled. Even the graphics retain their original charm, and the atmosphere, guided by a suitably tribal soundtrack, still manages to cloud you in an epic battle for survival.
PC Games (Germany)
Obwohl sich nicht viel geändert hat, ist Civ 2 sehr viel "abgerundeter" als der Vorgänger. Fragen, die früher nur durch die Anleitung oder diverse Lösungsbücher geklärt werden konnte, werden jetzt vom Programm selbst beantwortet. Will man beispielsweise nur genau die Technologien entwickeln, die schnellstmöglich zur Erfindung der Eisenbahn führen, so kann man die Hilfe-Funktion um zuverlässigen Rat bemühen. Die Neuerungen machen das Programm komplexer und lassen vor allem die Endphase des Spiels noch spannender werden als bisher. Fans von Civ 1 sollten auf jeden Fall zuschlagen, für alle anderen ist der Einstieg in das Spielprinzip jetzt bedeutend einfacher geworden.
Power Play
Erste Befürchtungen, Civ 2 sei nichts weiter als ein erneuter Aufguß in „Gold“ oder „Deluxe“-Tradition, erwiesen sich bald als nichtig. Sei es der Karteneditor, die (zu wenigen) Szenarien oder die runderneuerte Grafik, der Kauf lohnt sich auch für Besitzer des Vorgängers. Alleine die Renovierung des Kampfsystems sorgt auch bei der zweiten Auflage für monatelangen Spielspaß. Daß die sowieso sehr reichliche Anzahl an Erfindungen, Weltwundern, Bauwerken, Stämmen, Ressourcen und Einheiten erneut gewachsen ist, mag zwar auf Anhieb gar nicht auffallen, verfeinert aber die ohnehin unvergleichliche Vielschichtigkeit von „Civilization 2“. Man merkt dem Programm einfach an, daß es bis ins kleinste Detail ausgeklügelt ist,. Das einzige größere Manko ist der Bedienkomfort, bei den Civilization 2 nicht ganz mit der vergleichbaren Konkurrenz mithalten kann.
GameStar (Germany)
Warum ist Civilization 2 so berühmt? Nicht fragen, kaufen! Inzwischen können Sie Ihr persönliches Imperium für eine Handvoll Mark erwerben. ^Sid Meiers Meisterwerk hat mich nächtelang um den Schlaf gebracht, während ich mein Volk gehätschelt und Kriege vom Zaun gebrochen habe. Und weil die Erfindung der Schrift naheliegender ist als transzendente Technologien, schlägt das gute alte Civ 2 für mich sogar Alpha Centauri.
Coming Soon Magazine
If there was a title that could best represent each genre of game category, I would choose "Civilization" for strategy. Although several games based on the same concept were released since its creation, "Civilization" is still considered by many as a classic that has never been threatened by another title. However, what was a success some years ago might not appeal for the masses nowadays, and MicroProse had to come up with a sequel that would not only change the old-fashion style graphics, but would also feature what the five years between the release of the two titles brought to the gaming industry.
Civilization a mis cinq ans à revenir sur le devant de la scène. Même si les fans du jeu de Sid Meier ont patienté sur Colonization, force est de constater que ce que l'on veut, c'est bel et bien balancer l'arme atomique sur le voisin qui vient tout juste de découvrir la roue. En cinq ans, aucun jeu de stratégie tour par tour n'a pu détrôner Civilization, aujourd'hui, voilà qui est fait.