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Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords

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Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords
Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords cover
Developers
Stardock
Publishers
Retail Paradox Interactive
Digital Stardock
Release dates
Windows February 21, 2006
Reception
Metacritic 86
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres 4X, TBS
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series Galactic Civilizations
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Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords on IGDB
Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords on MobyGames
Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords on Wikipedia
Galactic Civilizations
Galactic Civilizations 2003
Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords 2006
Galactic Civilizations III 2015
Galactic Civilizations IV 2022

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
CD key
Updates require a serial key and Stardock account.
Windows
Developer website
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Windows
GamersGate
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Ultimate Edition
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Ultimate Edition
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Ultimate Edition
Windows
Humble Store
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Ultimate Edition
Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Ultimate Edition
Windows
A free demo version of Dread Lords is available from Archive.org.

Version differences

Galactic Civilizations II: Endless Universe is a standalone retail-only version from 2008 which contains both expansion packs but not the base game content.
The Ultimate Edition includes the base game content and both expansions.

Monetization

Type Notes
Expansion pack The expansion packs include new features, technologies, campaigns, victory conditions, units, and more.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Dark Avatar
Windows
Twilight of the Arnor
Windows

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete or rename movie files[1]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies\.
  2. Delete or rename GC2_intro.bik.

Game data

Game settings.
Game settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\GalCiv2\Prefs.ini
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\GC2DarkAvatar\Prefs.ini
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\Prefs.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/202200/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\GalCiv2\*.sav
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\GC2DarkAvatar\*.sav
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\GC2TwilightArnor\*.sav
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/202200/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud

Video

Video settings.
Video settings.
Interface settings.
Interface settings.

Input

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, event music (includes main menu music), sound effects
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Russian
Fan translation, available here or alternative version here.

Issues unresolved

Dread Lords reports an old video card on a modern system

On Windows 10 and 11, possibly also with recent-enough drivers for other systems as well, Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords will report that it considers the video card to be too old to run upon launch. This warning can be ignored, but it will occur every time this version of the game is launched.

Neither expansion pack suffers from this issue, so it is best to run them instead.

Issues resolved

Flickering mouse issues on Windows 10 and 11

Use hardware cursor[3]
  1. Go to the game's options menu.
  2. In the Video tab, check the "Hardware mouse cursor" option.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or AMD equivalent
System memory (RAM) 256 MB (98/ME/2000)
512 MB (XP)
1 GB (Vista or newer)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/202200/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (202200) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Verified by User:Baronsmoki on 2019-04-09
  2. Verified by User:Nico 0 on 2020-06-08
    Seems to stutter between 110-120 FPS, capped at 120
  3. Problems with Win 10 and Win 11 :: Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition General Discussions - last accessed on 2022-07-31