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Best way to run Civ II on Windows 7?

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What is the best way to run Civilization II on Windows 7?

From what I understand, Civilization II won't run on Windows 7 without some tweaks, one of which might be to use VirtualBox. I'm certainly not a techie, so I'm trying to find out if there's a fairly straight forward solution.

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I found a quick fix with Google depending on what version of the game you own. This guy bought the Multiplayer Gold Edition and found a patch created by these guys. http://forums.civfanatics.com/sho...p?t=193215

Might take some more googling if this wont work for you.
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I'd probably start with DOSBox, myself.
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How about some SMAC instead?

http://www.gog.com/gamecard/sid_m...a_centauri
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How about some SMAC instead?

http://www.gog.com/gamecard/sid_m...a_centauri
Thanks for the suggestion. It looks interesting.

How would you compare it to Civilization (any of them)? I haven't played any Civilization games nor Alpha Centauri.
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Wow, if you havent played any in the series, I dont know if I would go through any effort to get Civ2 to work.

Have you played any 4x style of game before? MOO, GalCiv, Crusader Kings, Total War?

If not, then Civilization Revolutions aka CivRev might be a better choice. Its available for PS3, 360, iOS and NDS. It is kind of a dumbed down version of Civ, but good to get your feet wet. Another option would be to just jump to Civ5. Of the games in the series, it would be second easiest after CivRev.

If you have played other strategy games then either Civ4 or Civ5 would be a good choice, and SMAC is realllllly dated but has a really awesome setting, unique flavor, and the unbelievable ability to abuse the AI and the rules to ridiculous extent.

Civ5 has a demo on Steam, you could always give it a whirl.
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Wow, if you havent played any in the series, I dont know if I would go through any effort to get Civ2 to work.

Have you played any 4x style of game before? MOO, GalCiv, Crusader Kings, Total War?

If not, then Civilization Revolutions aka CivRev might be a better choice. Its available for PS3, 360, iOS and NDS. It is kind of a dumbed down version of Civ, but good to get your feet wet. Another option would be to just jump to Civ5. Of the games in the series, it would be second easiest after CivRev.

If you have played other strategy games then either Civ4 or Civ5 would be a good choice, and SMAC is realllllly dated but has a really awesome setting, unique flavor, and the unbelievable ability to abuse the AI and the rules to ridiculous extent.

Civ5 has a demo on Steam, you could always give it a whirl.
Good information, thanks.

I've ready many people like Civ II the best of them all. I've also read that many people like Civ IV better than they do Civ V. What do you think is the best Civ?
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Good information, thanks.

I've ready many people like Civ II the best of them all. I've also read that many people like Civ IV better than they do Civ V. What do you think is the best Civ?
Personally, I like Civ5 best with Gods and Kings. It eliminates the stacks of doom and the game is very pretty. The AI isnt the best, but it can beat you on hard if you dont "game" it too much. I've always loved the PanzerGeneral style hex games though, so I biased.

If you've never played a Civ game, I really think you should try 4 or 5. I just dont see the reason to fight with dosbox or whatever to get Civ2 working. I think most would agree 4 is on par with 2, and 5 is good, but a different style(You cant stack units anymore).

Another benefit to 5, is Steam workshop has some cool stuff. Its also very easy to install and get the mods working.
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I never played the first Civ, but I like 2-4, haven't played 5 yet.
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The Civ2 love is pure nostalgia because it was such a huge improvement over Civ1, but compared to Civ4/5 it is horribly dated. SMAC is likewise dated, but it has more flavor and personality.

Civ5 would probably be my pick for a newbie, catch it on sale and you can get everything Civ5 related for <$20.
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Personally, I like Civ5 best with Gods and Kings. It eliminates the stacks of doom and the game is very pretty. The AI isnt the best, but it can beat you on hard if you dont "game" it too much. I've always loved the PanzerGeneral style hex games though, so I biased.

If you've never played a Civ game, I really think you should try 4 or 5. I just dont see the reason to fight with dosbox or whatever to get Civ2 working. I think most would agree 4 is on par with 2, and 5 is good, but a different style(You cant stack units anymore).

Another benefit to 5, is Steam workshop has some cool stuff. Its also very easy to install and get the mods working.
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I never played the first Civ, but I like 2-4, haven't played 5 yet.
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The Civ2 love is pure nostalgia because it was such a huge improvement over Civ1, but compared to Civ4/5 it is horribly dated. SMAC is likewise dated, but it has more flavor and personality.

Civ5 would probably be my pick for a newbie, catch it on sale and you can get everything Civ5 related for <$20.
Thanks for you guys' thoughts.

Should I get in on this deal or wait for a bundle with Gods and Kings and/or other expansions?
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Thanks for you guys' thoughts.

Should I get in on this deal or wait for a bundle with Gods and Kings and/or other expansions?
I'd get it for 6$. You'll be playing it today and you can get G&K at the next steam sale.
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I'd get it for 6$. You'll be playing it today and you can get G&K at the next steam sale.
OK, thanks.
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I'd look for the GOTY version, it includes a bunch of DLC and is typically only a couple bucks more.
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