As Activision, Inc.'s follow up to Civilization: Call to Power, Call to Power II carries on the tradition of empire building from civilization's primitive roots to the 24th century. Drawing on more than 6300 years worth of history, every aspect of human warfare including political stances, exploration, cultural evolution, weapons, tactics and strategy are available as tools to mold and shape empires into world-dominating forces.
Call to Power II expands, enhances, redefines and re-balances many of the aspects of gameplay seen in the original. To name just a few of the changes, borders are more clearly defined between nations, city influences grow exponentially over surrounding terrain as populations grow and diplomacy increases as a factor in decisions regarding nations' political and military posturing. Trade considerations are expanded and a historical timeline regarding a chosen civilization provides perspective of long-range achievement or failure.
Unit graphics are enhanced over the original game with new animations added. The AI is designed to recognize more fully the differences between diverse military units and their capabilities, thus creating a higher degree of realism when they meet. Strategic warfare is more encompassing, allowing for unconventional approaches, with the combat engine tweaked to ensure outcomes based on both numbers and capability.
The non-combative player can still concentrate on building an empire rich in law, technology, science and the pursuit of building great wonders of the world. Military might is a by-product of this type of civilization and will be developed as necessary to protect the population, defend the homeland and expand territories.
In response to consumer feedback, Activision's Call to Power II features an improved (simplified) interface and menu system and puts emphasis on gameplay. Administration of day-to-day operations can be turned over to automated mayors of the cities with the overall design of the "behind-the-scenes" infrastructure and building menus enhanced and expanded for ease of play.
Whether interested in building an empire based on military might or approaching civilization supremacy through the auspices of non-aggressive tactics, Call to Power II provides a vast array of options for those craving world domination. Do you have the staying power to hold on for 6000 years? ~ Michael L. House, All Game Guide