Am I correct in saying the Galactic Civ II is more grognadish then Armada 2526? I hear terms like "Armada is less micromanagment.., etc..," I love economic micromanagment and I do not like real time. Should I go with Galactic Civ II?
Well since I've not played Armada yet (soon! soon!), I can't comment on which game is more "grognard-ish", much less as to which one you'd enjoy more.
I will say that I like GalCiv2 quite a lot, and has been the only space empire game other than Birth of the Federation I've spent any significant time playing the last few years. The game is especially good if you have both expansion packs, Dark Avatar and Twilight of the Arnor, as well. (The Ultimate Edition, which has been available since earlier this year, includes both the original game plus the two expansions). And if you do enjoy economic micromanagement as you claim, then this is probably one of the better titles out there for that.
That being said, there are two caveats about GalCiv2 that I feel are worth mentioning:
1.) There is no multiplayer; the game is singleplayer only.
2.) There is no tactical combat -- all battles are automatically resolved, although you can choose to watch them play out if you so desire (which I sometimes do).
I play strategy games almost exclusively in SP mode, so lack of multiplayer really doesn't bother me much. Personally, the second one is the only thing that really bothers me at all, and I find even that's forgivable when considering how well done the rest of the game is.
So which one should you get? Ask me again in a couple weeks after I've gotten my greedy little paws on Armada. I suspect even then I'll probably end up saying "both", but we shall see.
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