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Old Game Tuesday – Civilization II

Another game that needs no introduction, Civilization II is one of the most addictive games I’ve ever played.  I know friends whose college classes suffered at the foot of it, long before Everquest and WoW would do the same for the next generation.  Civ2 is still a go-to game for me when I want something slower-paced and engrossing.  Also, it can run on just about any PC still working nowadays, with some tweaking.

I played Civ2 for hours and hours.  My preferred method of play was trying to stay peaceful and build the spaceship, though wars could be fun.  I loved researching all the techs, seeing what I could build with them, and racing the computer to get them first.  You never knew what you’d find when exploring – you might find yourself on an island with one of your competitors, or miles away from everyone.  Because of that (and many other factors) you had to plan your advancement accordingly – maybe you needed better ships sooner, or you wanted to build up troops to take out that interloper on your continent.

As would happen in many other games, I always got so focused on building and exploring that I would get far behind on the ‘winning’ part of things, but I didn’t care.  I grinned whenever some stupid warlike Civ would come at me, and break their armies against the advanced troops I had stationed in my cities.  Actually taking one of my cities was the only way to rouse me from my diplomatic slumber and have me razing the offender to ashes.

If the graphics of Civ2 bother you, or you simply want to try a newer version of the game, Civ4 is my favorite of the more recent versions.  Civ5 has a few more departures from the classic, though I didn’t play it much – I need to rectify that.  Civ: Revolutions on the DS was actually fun as well, surprising to me because of the small screen size.

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3 replies on “Old Game Tuesday – Civilization II”

Civ is a great strategy game.

But letting troops stop around my cities, disrupting the citizenry? Never. Gotta squash those bugs!

I wind up playing CivRev a lot due to the convenience of the DS, but I’ve been finding that I prefer using it as more of a wargame than other Civ games. I’m not sure why that is, but I usually wind up conquering the world instead of going to Alpha Centauri.

Well, you have to be at war to be pillaging the land like that – most likely they’ve already angered me. It usually takes me a few turns to get a force ready to roll that is offensive minded but that’s minimal disruption.

I’ve gotta find my copy of CivRev.

Civ 2 is a classic. Civ 4 is great too, but I have mixed feelings (as many people do) about Civ 5. In some ways it’s a departure, but in a lot of ways it feels like it’s simply a rehash of previous versions with a few notable tweaks.

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