Space Empires V is the latest edition in the Space Empires series. This new chapter completely updates the UI and takes the player into a real-time rendered 3D universe. Watch space battles played out in glorious detail and realistic effects. Expand, Explore, Exploit, and Exterminate in a huge living breathing galaxy.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (136 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 16, 2006
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Space Empires V is the latest edition in the Space Empires series. This new chapter completely updates the UI and takes the player into a real-time rendered 3D universe. Watch space battles played out in glorious detail and realistic effects. Expand, Explore, Exploit, and Exterminate in a huge living breathing galaxy. New features abound with political alliances between multiple empires, a top-down ship design system, a hexagonal movement grid, and many more. Due to player demand, the game is completely 'moddable' and even adds a scriptable AI system to the mix. Space Empires V boldly takes the next step in the genre of space strategy
  • 24 bit 3D real-time rendered graphics.
  • Detailed Tactical Combat (and a combat simulator to test your designs!).
  • New vehicle types and sizes: Ships, Bases, Freighters, Fighters, Mines, Satellites, Troops, Drones, and Weapons Platforms.
  • Ability to completely design and customize all of your vehicles.
  • Large Galaxy: 100 solar systems with 15 planets each.
  • Huge Technology Tree: Thousands of tech levels with hundreds of components and facilities.
  • Completely customizable game graphics: Create your own planets, stars, vehicles, etc.
  • Completely customizable AI players: Create your own AI players with unique traits, styles, and speech.
  • 14 unique races to play or customize (or just create your own!)
  • Randomly generated map for every game (or load an existing map).
  • Complete game customization allowed by players ("mods").

System Requirements

    Minimum System Requirements: Pentium 500MHz or better class machine, Windows XP, 64 megabytes RAM or better, 1024x768 or better screen resolution, 16 bit color display or better, DirectX 7.0 (or better), A video card with 3D acceleration, 500 megs hard drive space, A sound card capable of supporting MP3 and DirectSound playback. Sound card must be DirectX 7.0 (or better) compatible.
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
I bought this game just to leave this review. I may not have much on Steam, at the post of this review. However I have a CD copy and I have spent at least 7000 hours in this over the span of 8 years.

There has never been a game to match this one's scale. It does have a steep learning curve, however it's completely rewarding once you master the games interface.

Here is a guide listed to get the game to run on modern Windows. http://steamcommunity.com//app/1690/discussions/0/846947320625372516/

Also, one should also pick up Balance Mod. For better AI, and well. Balance to the game.

There are other reviews that are much better, with a much better description than this one. However this game is amazing in scope.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
88.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Most amazing 4x strategy game I have ever played! It just sucks that its unfinished, there are tons of bugs, and that it takes forever to do anything after turn 35.
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
244.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Yeah... You can spawn a Black Hole on an opponent's homeworld and build Dyson Spheres. 'Nuff said 10/10.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Three Words: Complex-Descisions-Patience
A complex web of management decisions need to be made to build a galactic empire to challenge your friends or the computer player. The game is about small decisions that add up over time into tactical advangtes in the quest to dominate the galaxy. A complex and dated interface is used to design and command space ships, control planery production and manage material and poltical resources. This game is turn by turn, so patience and time are must for enjoyable play...but that is what we liked about Space Empires IV.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
This game is best played with a mod (eg. Balance mod). The game is designed to be easily moddable, ie. all techs/facilities/components etc. are in text files. Different mods really increase the reply value eg. the tech tree is different in each mod.

You design every class of ship your race uses in game so there are no generic ships.

AI is a bit weak, though some mods improve upon it. Against human opponents this game really shows its depth. To play by web see http://pbw.spaceempires.net/.
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