Galactic Civlizations II is a 4X game. Which is a term coined in the 90s when everyone was obsessed with changing words starting with the prefix ex- to just X. Xtreme, for instance. X games. That video game virtual reality movie that you’ve never heard of but should totally watch called eXistenZ. Well 4X is apparently a both a tasty Australian beer. And also it describes strategy games like these in which you “Xplore, Xpand, Xploit, and Xterminate.” Which really kind of explains a lot of different types of games but you have to admit, it’s pretty catchy. And it’s apt.
Did you play Civilization IV and find yourself wondering what this game would be like if Ghandi had a space jetpack? No? Do you wonder if Stalin and Montezuma would still try and screw you over even in another galaxy? No? Me neither. But somebody wondered that, and then they made this game. Only they changed Stalin and Montezuma to some strange horsefaced tentacle man. I don’t know what civ that is but I know I don’t want to be a part of it.
If you have never played a turn based strategy game before, I don’t know if this is the right place to start. It might be a little daunting. And it is. It isn’t confusing so much as there is just a lot of information and a lot of micromanaging. But that’s what makes this type of game fun. If you like 4x games, however, you will probably enjoy this one, and it’s one you could get hundreds of hours out of. There is no multiplayer, however, which is kind of a bummer.
Galactic Civilizations II is currently on sale 75% off for $4.99. So let’s decide based on whether you should purchase this game, or a Subway sandwich. I am currently looking at what the featured five dollar footlong is…and it is a Meatball Marinara. Which I simply cannot recommend. In that case, Galactic Civilizations II it is. Verdict: Buy it.