I have been playing Civil War Generals 2 since 1998. The game is still to this day my favorite! You can sit down and play out the entire civil war or just one of the many battles fought in the war. You also have the option of building your own fact or fiction battles with the editor.
Civil War Generals 2 is a turn based game. So each turn you get to move all of your units and do any attacking that you intend on. Then when you are done you turn and the AI or your opponent (multi-player) gets their turn. It is comparable to a game of Chess only on a much more complex scale.
A feel for the game play
There are many aspects of the game and at your disposal. Where do I set up my cannons for maximum effect? You must decide where to send out scouts, rest troops, dig in troops, build bridges, destroy bridges, built abatis and much more. At first you will have a hard time playing against the (AI) even if the settings are on novice. Before to long you begin to learn how to set up and coordinate attacks as well as retreats. If you fail to rout your opponent or you get routed your army morale will drop in a hurry! The designer (Doug Gonya) didn't leave out a detail when he built this one.
When your units have cover and concealment, the casualties aren't as high, also the higher ground gives the units better morale. There is also (LOS & LOF) Line Of Sight and Line Of Fire options. In other words you have to scout in order to find your enemy and set up your cannons where they have a clear line of fire.
Attack with units
Rest and re-supply units
Order Units to dig in
Order Of Battle
Infantry (The main strength in any Army)
Cavalry (For fast attacks and scouting)
Sharp Shooters (These are groups of snipers, very mobile & effective)
Engineers (These guys build bridges & abatis or take them out)
HQ (This is your general)
Scout (These units are extremely mobile and see farther)
Mortar Gun boats
The Entire Civil War
The Big East Campaign
The Big West Campaign
Bull Run Campaign
The Peninsula Campaign
The Wilderness Campaign
The Shiloh Campaign
The Vicksburg Campaign
The Tennessee Valley Campaign
The Atlanta Campaign
And many more...
There are literally hundreds of scenario that are player made. You can download them from several places on the Internet.
Civil War Generals 2, Editor
I believe any decent game comes with an editor! Some of the best scenarios that I have played on any given game was made by a player. These players are able to build these scenarios through a game editor. The Civil War Generals 2 editor offers everything you need to build a great scenario.
Multi-Player (SIGS: Sierra Internet Gaming System)
The Civil War Generals 2 multi-player room is plum full of guru's! The game has been out for sometime now. So if you decide to go play these guys be prepared to take a trip to the wood shed! On the other hand these guys are very polite and the room moderators are helpful. A game usually takes an hour or two to complete.
CWG2 Multi-Player Room Moderators
Warfare Strategy Center
GAME-PLAY [10 of 10]
Graphics [6 of 10]
Sound [8 of 10]
User Interface [9 0f 10]
Civil War Generals 2 is an awesome game! I was heart broke when I heard the news that work on Civil War Generals 3 had been stopped. I will always enjoy my copy of Civil War Generals 2 though. Anyone who enjoys war game should give this one a try! You can pick a game up for right around $11.00
My thanks to the games lead Slusy for adding this game.
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Version Played: Released
Operating System: Windows
CPU: Intel Pentium III
CPU Speed (MHz): over 600
RAM (MB): 64
Best Played With/Intended For: Single Player
Graphics Card Family: 3dfx Voodoo Banshee