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  • Summary: Master the unknown before it masters you. The need for galactic expansion is critical. You must conquer alien star systems to secure the resources that will guarantee your supremacy. The ultimate goal is to defeat the evil Antarans.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. It's a high quality product that blends tactics, strategy and management into an accessible and playable game -- just watch out for the appearance of any latent megalomaniac tendencies.
  2. 90
    Great game, but a bit off from perfect. One of the things that irks me most is the race creation options. Getting to choose from only 4 similar governments is not enough.
  3. Master of Orion 2 is just INTENSE! I absolutely loved this game and if you liked the original Master of Orion I think you will too.
  4. PC Gamer
    86
    A great update of a classic game, even with the micromanaging. [Mar 1997, p.134]
  5. One of the coolest features in Master of Orion 2 is the ability to do research. There are over 200 different technologies that you can acquire by the use of scientists in your empire. You get to choose many different technologies to research at any point and time.
  6. While an excellent game, it just lacks that particular oomph the original had. Perhaps, being a sequel, it couldn't have the same impact as being something completely new.
  7. There is so much to do in this game that if you like space opera strategy, you’ll have to have it... One of the better strategy games of 1996, but one with significant flaws. Good, yes; a classic, no.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Sep 26, 2019
    10
    As the Heroes of Might and Magic was my first turn-based fantasy game, so this game was my first turn-based fantastic game. At one time, itAs the Heroes of Might and Magic was my first turn-based fantasy game, so this game was my first turn-based fantastic game. At one time, it was just a great strategy with interesting ideas and relatively good drawing. In my own way, I always really liked games that you can play with someone sitting at the same computer and discussing your game. For all this, I want to give this game such high rating. Expand
  2. ElderDragon
    Jun 30, 2004
    10
    Still play that game. Since 1998 !!!
  3. Mar 11, 2020
    10
    still playng it since 1996 was the first pc game i ever buy

    They tried to make moo3 and remake moo2 in 2016 in real time, but nothing can
    still playng it since 1996 was the first pc game i ever buy

    They tried to make moo3 and remake moo2 in 2016 in real time, but nothing can defeat the original moo2, its just better in everything, the combat is more tactical and deep the management is better.

    The onyl thing they need to do is remaster it in high res make map bigger, more techs more races. and keep everything how it work in the original.
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  4. JSmith
    Aug 12, 2009
    10
    An Excellent Game in its time. I've played this game hundreds of times.
    Someone needs to remake it as close to the original as
    An Excellent Game in its time. I've played this game hundreds of times.
    Someone needs to remake it as close to the original as possible, so, that the newer generations can try it. Occasionally, I can still get it to work on my Vista machine. Too complicated for most to find and use the DOS version and setup for curent internet use.
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  5. Kenshin
    Oct 24, 2005
    10
    One of the All time space strategy classics. More fun than MOO 3. I still play the game and have been on and off since 96.
  6. PaulW.
    Oct 1, 2003
    9
    Excellent 4X strategy game. Deep, customizable and intense. Would be a 10, except that as you increase your planet and population count, the Excellent 4X strategy game. Deep, customizable and intense. Would be a 10, except that as you increase your planet and population count, the micro-managing gets almost tedius. The built in AI designed to keep the micro-management level down is not reliable enough to trust, so you end up doing it all yourself. Expand
  7. TimmyB.
    Dec 26, 2006
    6
    When compared to the first Master of Orion this game loses sadly. I've tried very hard to enjoy this game because it has better graphics When compared to the first Master of Orion this game loses sadly. I've tried very hard to enjoy this game because it has better graphics and such. But some how this game lost what is MOO. I recommend just getting the first one. Actually its so old now you can download the disks for free and play it with DOSBOX. Expand

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