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- Setting: the game covers all of the USA, from the Eastern seaboard to the Rockies, from 1861 to 1865. Mexico and the Northern Caribbean are also in
- Game map is divided into more than 3,000 regions, with a variety of terrain, climates and development level.
- Scenarios: 2 tutorial and 5 main scenarios from Shiloh all the way up to the Grand Campaign.
- Historical leaders: Over 400 historical leaders each rated on their abilities and over 1,000 different types of units from sharpshooters to cavalry and artillery and even Ironclads!
- Regional Decision Cards: The game has an innovative card system that lets you trigger events such as Indian raids and partisans attacks, which used wisely can affect the flow of a campaign.
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Civil War 2 is the definitive grand strategy game of the period. It is a turn based regional game with an emphasis on playability and historical accuracy. It is built on the renowned AGE game engine, with a modern and intuitive interface that makes it easy to learn yet hard to master. This historical operational strategy game with a simultaneous turn-based engine (WEGO system) that places players at the head of the USA or CSA during the American Civil War (1861-1865). You take the part of the military and political leadership, trying to lead your nation to victory, in the midst of some of the toughest operations of the Civil War. You will build, organize and command your armies over one of the largest maps of the USA ever made for a Civil War game. There are a host of real military leaders to appoint with their own strengths and weaknesses and choosing the right man for the job is crucial. However you are not just a military leader and must make vital economics and political decisions. These can have far reaching effects and you can even influence foreign intervention from the French & British who were constantly intervening in America for power and prestige. Each turn lasts 2 weeks and you must issue your orders in advance, planning on where the enemy will be, not where they are now – which is called a WEGO system (We Go at the same time). Orders are executed simultaneously in 14 phases – 1 per day. Battles are resolved on the day they occur so scheduling the arrival of your forces and planning the logistics or your army are key to success. You can send a massive force to assault an enemy position but if you do not carefully plan the attack you can have you troops arriving piecemeal and being easily dispatched. The WEGO system adds excitement and suspense and is far more realistic than traditional turn based games. This is must have game for anyone interested in the period or grand strategy games in general.
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Having owned the game for some time now I want to revise my prior rating from 4 to 5 stars. I’ve played other games that call themselves similar even ones developed for other time periods and wars by AGEOD and they just aren’t the same (minus the original Civil War: 1861-1865). As you’ve provably read this game is difficult especially if you did not play the original. But if you read the manual it will give you many clues that’s will help. This game requires a lot of strategy and in an effort to make it more historically accurate you have mass dies organization in that Divisions and Corps cannot be created until essentially 1862, but the game warns you of this as you start and will list the exact months when you will gain access to these options. Until then you have to fight and manage your movements by essentially being at a command disadvantage. Once Divisions are available then you have 18 command points per general and then you can have an Army for every 3 Star (limits apply) a division will take up 4 command points so 2 stars can work independently or depending on your style be part of the armies. Corps can be lead by 2 or 3 Star generals and depending on leadership generally can hold from 2-5 divisions armies usually hold 3-5 on rare occasions 6.
The single issue (besides the cards I just don’t agree with as listed before) is that the game can only be run through compatibility mode if you are on Windows 10 once set it can work but you may have to run comparability mode every time you try to play which can be frustrating at times. My recommendation is to use the Vista and XP Version 2 for best results but it will run on windows 7 and 8 (my laptop just likes the older ones more often than not).
Game locks up a lot. I am running it on a fast gaming PC running Windows 10. It get a game lockup about once per hour. If you forgot to save, you lose all your progress.
What I really want is something like the old Avalon Hill game Gettysburg on a computer where I can set up my own scenarios.
The game is a strategic large scale representation of the entire Civil War -- from New England to south Texas and beyond. I have been enjoying the game [both versions] since 2007. While I do take breaks, it never gets old. The map is detailed and visually striking. There is a learning curve, but your patience is rewarded with a deeply immersive game that allows the player [or players - yes, there is a multi-player feature] to build divisions, corps, and Armies from scratch; consider terrain, weather, types of units, Generals' qualities, supply, fortifications, support units, raiders, naval fleets, blockades, sieges, and just about anything else you can think of related to the Civil War. You can play short scenarios, larger campaigns, and the full war from April 1861 - 1866! The AI is strong and challenging, and there are many in-game options to customize it to your liking and to reduce or increase micromanaging. Please note that the game is turn-based, much like a board game, with the unique enhancement that both sides decisions are processed simultaneously. You and your opponent raise money, call for volunteers, build your factories, send out navel runners, order up brigades with which to build divisions, organize your command structure, issue orders, set postures, and so much more ... and then let the game do the rest. If a large-scale battle occurs, you can further order the involved troops to follow an additional "battle plan". It's a "thinking" person's game.
Perhaps, though, the game's greatest feature is that the developers are constantly improving the product - not just bugs - but with game enhancements [currently, the game's official version is 1.4, but there is a much improved 1.5 beta version that is available on the Ageod Forums]. Let the kid in you loose again. If you love strategy games and this era of history, you will not be disappointed. Enjoy, Kids!!