Very Late Review, Galactic Civ 2: Dread Lords
Yes, this game came out in 2006. I picked it up at Target for $10 from their PC section where all the puzzle games and other cheap games are. I don’t usually buy a game from that section, this is probably only the second time in my life I’ve done so, but I’m glad I did, even if it did take me a couple of months to finally get some solid game time. Hey, I waited 4 years to play it, I can wait longer. So, what did I think?
I think this is the first time I’ve played a turn based game set in space, I may be wrong, as my memory is fuzzy. I did have quite a bit of fun though, even if I did skip the whole “campaign” part of the game. Because it came in the jewel case only, I didn’t have any manual to go through. I’m a manual guy when it comes to my PC games. I like to read through them in their entirety so that I can have a grasp of the game. So, without that, and a real tutorial, I decided there was only one way to play and that was trial and error.
I can’t tell you how many times I got my ass handed to me, mind you, I don’t use the easy settings, I like a challenge. I set most of it to random when making a skirmish map, but kept the AI at a decent level. I had a ton of fun getting killed though. One of the appeals was making my own ships after I’d research some new techs. Toward the end, I had two ships, each of the biggest size possible. One was a defender that sat on my planets to keep them safe, the other my attach as many weapons as possible slaughter machines. Oh, and if I got a precursor Ranger ship? The computer was screwed.
Honestly for $10, you can’t go wrong, it’s about as dirt cheap as a game can get without buying it at a yard sale. And for the 20-30 hours I put into it, my money was made. The graphics aren’t great, (but neither is my PC, which was probably the factor) but the game mechanics are solid enough for alien killing enjoyment.
$10/$10 (At my local Target)