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  • Summary: The battle for galactic supremacy continues in Endless Universe, a stand-alone add-on for the acclaimed strategy game Galactic Civilizations II. A stand-alone version, it requires no additional purchase and also includes the two previously released add-ons: Dark Avatar and Twilight Of the Arnor. Thanks to Dark Avatar the different races now have multiple characteristics which adds variety and fun during the game. Now, the races range from super-diplomatist to super-destroyer. Also, Dark Avatar provides the planets with environmental conditions. Thus, the player needs to decide whether he wants to invest into research and development or leave the planet to a hostile player. Furthermore, Dark Avatar presents new scenes, new challenges, asteroids which can be used as mines, new races, and a new version of the spy system. Further differences in characteristics between the races are provided by Twilight of the Arnor. Here, the player can experience new features, starting with individual developments to race-specific weapons, skills and buildings. In addition, there are sensational improvements to the planets, many new star ships, a much bigger galaxy, and a new soundtrack! On top of that, Twilight of the Arnor includes editors for the planets, scenario, and technological development. [Kalypso] Expand
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  1. Buy GCII, and you may never need another strategy game ever again. [Dec 2008, p.64]
  2. The lack of truly stellar presentation isn't a big deal though, as you won't be playing Galactic Civilizations II: Endless Universe for its aesthetic qualities, you'll play for the engrossing gameplay.
  3. Endless Universe is a terrific package, offering a staggering amount of gameplay for the price, and even after two years from its original release, Galactic Civilizations II has lost none of its charm, depth or playability.
  4. Impressive in size, but the lack of multiplayer might turn some strategists off. [Issue#14, p.60]
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