Galactic Civilizations II: The Dread Lords Review
Joe "OuTkAsT-1" Topolnisky
Moving right along, GameSpy has thrown together a review on Stardock's Turn-Based Strategy Title, Galactic Civilizations II: The Dread Lords. Bring on the eye-candy!
The most obvious upgrade from the original Galactic Civilizations is visual. Unlike the previous game (which used sprite-based graphics and still images), GalCivII is in full 3D and sports rendered cut-scenes. The game's playfield is filled with planets and moons rotating around their stars on the galactic map and polygonal modeled spaceships flying around. The game is also punctuated by brief cut-scenes whenever a truly significant galactic event happens. In terms of aesthetics, the game's graphics are good, but not brilliant. There are some lovely effects, such as the way many of the planets have moons orbiting them, and some of the larger battles involving the player's forces are illustrated with a 3D replay of the fight. However, anyone used to the graphic splendor that's par for the course in most other types of games will likely be disappointed in Galactic Civilizations II's offerings.
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