User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

Sid Meier's Civilization II (Windows)

93
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.1
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.
Written by  :  Yeah Right (57)
Written on  :  Mar 09, 2000
Platform  :  Windows
Rating  :  3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful

write a review of this game
read more reviews by Yeah Right
read more reviews for this game

Summary

Better than the first one

The Good

The first Civilization was already a great game. The second is better in part because of a detectable upgrade in sound and graphics. More importantly, the game is richer as you have more units, technology, wonders, etc to play around with. Also, the introduction of damage bars (as opposed to an all or nothing combat resolution system) goes a long way in alleviating any residual fears from Civ I where you have found yourself exclaiming in surprise, "That cheezy phalanx sunk my BATTLESHIP!!!"

So relax, don't have your battleships run away from those spear throwing punks.

The Bad

Some of the same problems as the first. The AI didn't seemed to have improved. With more unit wonders and unit types, it is now easier to beat the game. Consequently, the Emporer level in Civ I is harder than the Deity level in Civ II. So if you are looking for a greater strategic challenge from Civ II, it will disappoint.

The Bottom Line

Best game of the genre I've ever played...I never quite appreciated Fundamentalism to its full extent until Civ II.