CIV 2 was the best of the series. But for a game that just about captured the perfect blend of strategy and tactics, I'd easily recommend the Steel Panther series. I'm pretty sure there are emulation mods out there since the game more than an decade old. But Steel Panthers excelled over all others for 3 reasons: 1)Historical accuracy-You could start at just after WWI and progress all the way to the start of the Korean War. Later mods included Vietnam and Desert Storm. If you wanted a dose..er..slap in the face on the condition of UK, US, and ANZAC at the start of WW2, turn on the "historical accuracy" setting and watch the Nazis steam roll over everything. You were forced to develop tactics, as they were the only thing that stood between you and repeating the mantra of "But the Allied forces are supposed to win!" over and over....Later in the war, the situation is reversed, but it really puts into perspective had Hitler not been insane, how the Wehrmacht could have dominated over Europe, and how things like Dunkirk and Kasserine Pass actually came to pass. 2) Modification potential-If you got tired of being steamrolled by Nazi AI on the reality setting, the game also allowed all sorts of modifications. I always had Sgt Rock as my go to small unit leader..(how could you not) but if you wanted to create "Rat Patrol" style units that used jeeps with .50cals, you could. Or gun trucks that zipped around the battlefield mounted with a quad .50 cal mount that was particularly effective against infantry and light tanks...and so on. 3)The sheer amount of equipment/hardware available in the game. The developers of Steel Panthers must have been awarded a PhD in WWII studies after releasing this, because beyond the traditional US/UK/NAZI/RUSSIAN stuff that other sims had, Steel Panthers had just about everything used by all the participants in armed conflict. Curious to find out what India modified for use from the UK? it was in there. Interested in the differences between Italian, Romanian, Slovak, and Norwegian forces? All were detailed. Did you want to confirm your hunch that the New Zealanders preferred light tanks to the Aussies heavier tanks as part of ANZAC? Yep, it was there. And all progressed as the years went on... Good stuff that game was.