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Release Date: Oct 25, 2010

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Previously available exclusively as part of the Digital Deluxe Edition, the Babylonian Civilization Pack and their ruler, Nebuchadnezzar II (c. 630 – c. 561 B.C.), is now available as a separate download. As King of Babylon, gamers will be able to expand their empire with advanced Babylonian Bowmen to rightfully earn the title of Nebuchadnezzar the Great.

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    • OS: Windows® XP SP3/ Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB ATI HD2600 XT or better, 256 MB nVidia 7900 GS or better, or Core i3 or better integrated graphics
    • DirectX®: DirectX® version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB Free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB ATI 4800 series or better, 512 MB nVidia 9800 series or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX® version 11
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB Free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • OS: 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion), 10.9.5 (Mavericks), 10.10.5 (Yosemite), 10.11.1 (El Capitan)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core) CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB free disk space
    • Video Card: (ATI): Radeon HD 2600; (NVidia): GeForce 8600/Intel HD 4000
    • Video RAM: 256 MB
    • Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 8600, 8800, 9600, GT 120, 320M; ATI Radeon HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6490, and HD 6750.
    • Multiplayer: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported

    • NOTICE: Intel(r) integrated video chipsets are not supported.
    • NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
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    • Processor: Intel Quad Core
    • Memory: 4GB
    • CPU Speed: 2.6 GHz
    • Video RAM: 512MB
    Operating System: SteamOS
    CPU Processor: Intel Core i3, AMD A10
    CPU Speed: 2.4GHz
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Hard Disk Space: 10 GB
    Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 6450
    Video Card (NVidia): Geforce 640M
    Video Card (Intel): Iris Pro
    Video Memory (VRam): 1GB

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Don't meet the above requirements? Running on Ubuntu? That doesn't mean your configuration wont run Civ V, it just means we have not tested and vetted your configuration. Visit the Civilization V community page to share your experience with other Linux players and learn about how to send bugs to Aspyr. Your feedback will help us improve Civ V Linux and future AAA Linux releases![/list]
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145 of 149 people (97%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Posted: September 15, 2011
If you're the type to carve away one isolationist city as you put all your effort into a scientific win, Bablyon was custom made for you. Not only does Nebuchadnezzar have an impressive science bonus, but his country has the "Walls of Babylon" to shoot any neighbors that stray onto your lawn. Combine this with the Great Wall of China and a few other military defenses, and you'll have a shining city on the hill. Even if they do come knocking, your weaponry should be far more advanced. Then watch them offer peace with a smile, never stopping work on that rocket engine in the basement.
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45 of 46 people (98%) found this review helpful
42 people found this review funny
Posted: November 26, 2014
"yo what are you doing to that babylonian wall?"

"haha im making markings called writing"

it was at that moment that the vandal was aprehended and shot by a babylonian bowman. meanwhile, the one who questioned the vandal went off later to become the great scientist known as albert einstien

this civ is so overpowered you have no idea
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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Posted: May 17, 2015
Civilization V DLC - Babylonian Civilization

This is the highly powerful science turtle civ, apart from that other one.

Babylon focuses on science generation, as evidenced by its unique abilities:

* Receive free Great Scientist when you discover Writing
* Earn Great Scientists 50% faster

Babylon's science focus is geared towards having an early science advantage, which players must leverage going into the late game. These bonuses are more technical than Korea's (Korea being that other science civ) since you must earn and manage their Great Scientists efficiently - but that earlier science advantage can help you out, because science counts for a lot in Civilization. Just make sure you use your first free Great Scientist to build an Academy and you're off to a good start - in the right hands, Babylon is even more ridiculous than Korea.

Their unique unit and unique building are both available in the Ancient era, and both help defend fabled Babylon from aggressors. The Bowmen can be used to go on the offensive if you really need to - with less units than if you relied on Warriors/Archers - and the Walls of Babylon have utility throughout the entire game.

Babylon's aesthetic is pretty great, and for me it's a close winner over Korea's. Their AI behavior, or I should say Nebuchadnezzar II's, is usually kind of crazy. He's ornery and will likely build tall, although in my experience he can do this with a lot of cities in a small space as opposed to picking Tradition policies and only settling a handful. Attacking him can prove a headache with his uniques and his tech advantage. Nebuchadnezzar II was historically mentally ill for a duration of his reign, which goes a way towards explaining the leader scenes.

I'd recommend this for players who want to, in the words of one r/civ user, 's**t science and S**T Great Scientists'. You only get Babylon with this purchase, though - wait for a sale to get better value.

And don't spawn next to Assyria. That will only end in pain.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Posted: November 12, 2015
-Quick Review-
Babylon is a Scientific Nation, so their strong suit is to progressing scientifically, additionally they have particularly strong defensive units and buildings early on in the game.

-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: There's no direct change to the “story” with this DLC. Unless you end up meeting three men named “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego”, pro-tip; they're fireproof. Oh, and you might want to make Daniel one of your advisers, he's a wise-guy, and quite good with cats. (High-five if you understand my humor!)

Gameplay: Babylon is what you might call a “Defensive Scientific nation”, as you progress scientifically you build defensive units to keep your nation safe while you strive ahead of the competition by use of a free great scientist when you discover writing.
The Unique Unit to Babylon is the “Bowman”, the Bowman replaces the Archer. The Bowman is stronger then the Archer in offense and defense, in combination with the Walls of Babylon you have yourself a formidable defense.
The unique building to the Babylon nation is the “Walls of Babylon”, the Walls of Babylon replace the standard walls, Babylon walls provide more defense to a city, increase a city's HP, and even require less production to construct.
The last two features to talk about are the special abilities this nation has: Free great Scientist when you discover writing. (does there need to be any more explanation then that? Get all the science.) and you earn Great Scientists 50% faster.

Achievements: There is at least one achievement requiring the Babylon civilization: “By the Water of Babylon” which requires a victory on any difficulty playing as Nebuchadnezzar II.

Price: Sid Meier's Civilization V: Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II) is priced at $4.99. I picked up my DLC off a humblebundle deal, I suggest grabbing all the DLC in the Sig Meier's Civilization V: Complete Edition for $49.99. Standalone it's a bit expensive, on sale it's ideal for your Civilization gaming experience.

Conclusion: All in all, this was one of the nations I enjoyed playing the most! Although, it does feel weird to launch a space ship from Babylon city... but that's just one of the charming facets that Civilization V provide us.

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------Edits and updates------
Edit/Update November 23, 2015:
Corrected the URL link to Civ5. Thanks for the catch, Erawolf.
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Posted: October 19, 2014
As a major science player, I love Babylon, it conforms to a small isolated empire, and allows for defence from early rushes with its unique walls and bowmen, something I found lacking in Korea, the other science civ. Would recomend, one of my favorate civs.
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Posted: November 25, 2014
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Posted: April 2, 2015
Get +420 science in 0BC

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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Posted: November 4, 2014
Fun science Civilization.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Posted: January 29
Would Go into space in 1756 again 10/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: December 19, 2014
This mod for Civ V is quite expencive for one Civ, but surely, this civilization is a one-of-a-kind for anyone who wants to lead through Science, due to their massive advantages in Science.
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Posted: September 27
Best civ ever. Having artillery when the AI has knights and trebuchets

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Posted: September 17
I like it.
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Posted: August 26
#Babylon is too op 1111111111111111111111111111/1
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Nebuchadnezzar II
Posted: August 4
the chaldean king nebuchadnezzar's expansion is the best thing that happend to civ 5. if you would add in the empire of Chaldea as a playable faction with its leader the Chaldean king Naboplassar (father of nebuchadnezzar II) to civ 6 it would be great!
i am very proud of my chaldean forefathers :)
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The Watcher
Posted: July 21
Favorite CIV
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Posted: July 14
Babylon>All other civs
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Posted: July 3

In short, this Civ is science-focused, with an early game Archer unit and Wall replacement.

Detailed review:

Babylon is led bt Nebuchadnezzar II.

Babylon has the unique ability Ingenuity, which gives them a Great Scientist when Writing is researched. That is a very good early game science boost, and allows you to get alot of technologies alot faster. It also gives a 50% increase in Great Scientist generation, and it helps once you have got Education.

Babylon's Unique Unit is the Bowman. With increased strength (Unranged 7 from 5, Ranged 11 from 9), and it is very helpful when defending your city against early game warmongers.

Lastly the Unique Building is the Walls of Babylon, giving 100 more hit points to the city (instead of the usual 50 that Walls give).

In conclusion: This civ is a defensive civ, and their best type of victory is Science victory. If warmongers attack your civ later on, you should already have better weapons than they have.
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Posted: May 14
Another cheating Civ. Build an army of Great Scientists if you want.
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Posted: May 8
great addition but how do you get polonisa?? sorry i am bad at spelling
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Posted: March 21
The go-to Civ for Science Victories. Certain tactics can get you to space before 1600 AD
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