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Civilization II: Multiplayer Gold Edition builds upon the Civilization franchise originally conceived by Sid Meier and Brian Reynolds. This upgraded version contains everything in Civilization II and its expansion packs, Civilization II: Fantastic Worlds and Civilization II: Conflicts in Civilization, along with a few upgrades.
Still using a turn-based system, gameplay remains almost the same. Your main objective is to either conquer the complete world or be the first civilization to have your spaceship reach another planet. Changes in single-player mode made from Civilization II include minor adjustments to items, such as the attack and defense ratings of some of the military units, the governments and the terrain.
The main addition is the ability to play against human opponents as the title suggests. Up to seven people can compete via LAN, Internet or by alternating turns in the mode called "Hot Seat." During "Hot Seat" play, the computer controls the diplomatic functions of all of the players except for the player controlling the current turn. The game also contains some of the best scenarios created by game players as determined by the designers. ~ Jonathan Sutyak, All Game Guide