Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    It caps the mini-trilogy with a flourish and makes us very, very eager to see what the next proper release in the franchise will have to offer.
  2. 100
    The technology trees alone make it impossible for someone who's sampled Twilight of the Arnor to ever go back to just playing Dark Avatar. Add to that impressive customization tools, new gameplay dynamics, better AI, graphic upgrades, new ship-builder components and completely re-done flavor text and hundreds and hundreds of smaller tweaks, fixes and changes and what you have is an absolute triumph and a new standard for turn-based-strategy games.
  3. Galactic Civilizations 2: Twilight of the Arnor is one of the best expansions I have ever experienced in my many years of gaming.
  4. 100
    A marvelous addition to an already stellar turn-based strategy series and if you have even the slightest interest in this type of game, you need to own the entire series. This is the type of game, particularly with this final add-on, that will stay on your hard drive for a long, long time. We simply cannot make it any more plain than that.
  5. 100
    For better or worse, Arnor is an add-on that completes its parent game rather than simply expanding its scope.
  6. If you're looking for something to do with the rest of your life, you might want to check this game out. If this game had a dedicated multiplayer mode, I would want to live forever.
  7. If you love 4X games, this is the game to get. Due to all of the content, this game is the king of the hill in this genre.
  8. Aside from the small bugs and the controversial tech-tree redesign, Twilight of the Arnor delights us with lots and lots of new features, and I believe that even months from now I won’t discover all its secrets.
  9. 91
    There are no two ways about it: if you like space strategy games, you have to play Galactic Civilizations II. And if you play Gal Civ II, you have to play Twilight of the Arnor.
  10. Old school still rules. [Aug 2008, p.67]
  11. Guys from Stardock Interactive know very well what gamers want. Galactic Civilization II: Twilight of Arnor is the best choice in case of cast away. Endless playability and tremendous entertainment guaranteed for beginners and hard core players along. [Aug 2008]
  12. It’s more than just new content, it is a concerted effort to make Galactic Civilisations as polished and complete a product as possible. And you know what? Mission accomplished. [Sept 2008, p.58]
  13. Adding this much new life to what should be a very familiar game is an amazing achievement.
  14. This game just became elevated to my personal list of all-time PC favorites.
  15. After so many iterations it's impressive that Stardock has maintained their standard of quality in this series.
  16. A dramatic and ingenious rethink. [July 2008, p.78]
  17. This particular Twilight makes the GalCiv 2 strategy universe burn brighter than ever. A gme for vets and newcomers. [Aug 2008, p.102]
  18. The add-on is huge and packed to the brim with new shiny toys... I mean features. But it turns out that the world destroyers are not the biggest treat. They are hideously expensive and require escort. The best thing are the new technology trees, unique for each race. [July 2008]
  19. Twilight of the Arnor does an excellent job adding more meat to an already meaty game. It's a bit raw and bloody deep in the middle, but still quite satisfying.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 101 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 8 out of 30
  1. Mar 7, 2012
    great game and i dont understand some of the reviews here, saying 10 for graphics and 3 for turn based, why are people that dont like turn based games playing turn based game an giving them bad rating becaue of that??? the reason its turn based is the reason why m and many others like these kind of games, it gives you time to think and plan and they are supposed to take forever to play, not just jump in to play one game or something like that. if you like turn based strategy games then try this one out, you wont regret it Full Review »
  2. Jun 4, 2011
    Fantastic game. Stardock truly outdid themselves. Years of hard work from this middle market company have truly paid off. Can't wait for Gal CIv III which I am sure will come out in a couple of years. :) I'd give it a 9.5 if I could but there are no fractions so I'll round down to a 9. Full Review »
  3. Aug 28, 2012
    Maybe I just don't like 4x strategy games? I tried hard to get into this game, but it just all felt so pointless. There is a total lack of a compelling story in any of the game modes. Looking at the gameplay itself, everything felt like a tedious grind to me. Turn based strategy games can be a lot of fun (I've really enjoyed random stuff like Blood Bowl or the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series), but other than the enjoyable music, Galactic Civilizations II just didn't "grab" me at all. Full Review »