''There comes a time, somewhere around the third expansion, when a series needs to be reconsidered for all of those players who are thinking of getting into a series, but don't know if they really want to make the commitment to a three-plus game purchase. Do they need to buy them all? Are they all equally good? These questions have caused many a gamer to writhe foaming at the mouth during a dilemma caused seizure, only to be carted off to the curb by game store employees.
I was struck by a similar dilemma when assigned this game. Do you need to play them all? No you do not. Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor is not so terribly dissimilar from the previous Galactic Civilizations II games. In fact, it's simply more advanced graphically, units have been added, and other additional changes have been made that only seasoned GC fans will notice. A simple Wikipedia provided lesson on the storyline so far will have you up to speed in no time.''