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 (89 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.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Compatability problems aside, As Im sure many people have started reviews with that as their core focus they fail to actually see the game for what it is behind the crashes that litter their modern computers (That this game has not been patched for)

This game is amazing, In essence, Design and execution, It has good depth and just that little thing that keeps you coming back, Its a long burn of a game, No quick explosion and then over, Games take 10s of hours at least but thats what makes them so memorable, and it makes small things that much bigger.
If youre a stratagy fan looking for something complex, Challenging and fun, Youre in the right place
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0 of 28 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Bad game is bad.

1/10

Giving them credit for trying.
*Goes back to his galixy civalization 2*
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
106.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
I loved it, destroyed an empires homeworld by creating a warp point to their homeworld then making a black hole. Limitless fun.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
287.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Can't reccomend highly enough. Once you get past learning how to use the UI and some of the more subtle features, it's a great strategy game. Whilst fairly unbalanced, it allows for a lot of customisation, which in turn leads to an almost RPG like element of deciding what kind of society you'll be, what kind of technology you'll discover and what kind of ships you'll build.

The tech tree is not as linear as something like Civ V or Gal Civ II and has a lot more in terms of options, but it's not as smooth a game to run, or optimised for multiplayer; turns on hotseat take a while to load, but it's a lot of fun to play with a friend. Seeing as one of the only things holding this back is it's optimisation and the fact it's old, I can't help but feel a space empires VI would be as groundbreaking as Civ or maybe even AoE II.
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28 of 51 people (55%) found this review helpful
65.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Unfortunately, ever since I upgraded to a 64-bit OS, this game has become literally unplayable, with frequent crashing and inexcusably severe lag. In its heyday it was a gem of the 4x genre, but sadly, it hasn't received the support it really needed to stay relevant.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
150.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Blindingly addictive, albeit with moments of glitchyness. The enemy AI can sometimes choose strategies that cause its own civilisation to stagnate (remind you of anyone?) & some visual errors can lead to crashes. Save often!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
69.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
You will lose some hours playing this game! this game isn't for the casual R.T.S. players either so dont expect to play your first time and think its going to be a stroll in the park. but the experience is always enjoyable and fun and most importantly its always different each play through. 8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Sketchy space game is best space game.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
67.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Don't play without the all recommended balance mod and if you want to stay sane let the AI run almost everything.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Crap, half the time it locks my PC up. And they do not seem to be doing anymore updates for it! Annoying.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
7.5 hours --> Still not sure of overall objective

8/10 .Space.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
This game is so outdated that runs EXTREMELY SLOW on windows 7 high end pc because of the huge hardware/software gap. The framerate is so low that the game is simply unplayable,this shouldn't even be sold on Steam,thanks for stealing my money! ...
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3 of 10 people (30%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Terrible audio and video issues, not to mention it running at 10 frames per second on a gtx 660.

If you got the patience to play tech support instead of the game, go for it

I didn't even get to know if it is a good game before trashing it
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
do not buy this game too hard I got this game for $5.00 and its still not worth it
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Some games are so bad I can't remember it anymore after I stop playing it. This is one of it

I remember it being very buggy with game crash all the times.

3/10
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0 of 10 people (0%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Space Empires V is a big waste of time & money
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11.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Great Grand Strategy game, for those that like space game and the freedom to make an empire how they want. With all the research you get, the possibilities are endless. Plus would love to get a few games going of multiplayer
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23.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
An excellent choice for anybody who enjoys 4X games, it has everything from research and development all the way to designing your own ships, creating you own empires and interacting with other empires. This game puts so much detail and options which include designing, research, facilities, diplomacy, starting a game, creating an empire and much more. Go get it, It's great.
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56.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Good game, I just wish it ran better on Windows 7
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36.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
While I kind of love this game I'm on the verge between Yes and No to recommending, because it has a lot of pros, but even more cons. I'll admit that I never got into the previous games, and I don't have the time or nerves to try playing games from 2000 either, so my review is based on SEV alone.

Pros:
-The research tree is massive and really allows a lot of decisions on what to prioritize, some of the ideas an concepts in there are great
-The stellar manipulation tech tree allows the player to change entire systems and even build sphere worlds which are pretty damn awesome
-The ship building system (even though the component placing is nearly irrelevant, as demonstrated by the AI frequently) is pretty damn cool and it makes it possible to build ships and bases for all kinds of tasks, from tiny to huge
-The UI is somewhat hard to understand, but once you understand it you can find everything quite easily, especially since the lists can be directly adjusted to search and display only certain objects
-The gameplay and mechanics are generally and okay and would be fun, if not for the cons...

Cons:
-The AI is horrible to say the least. Up to the point that within a typical game I can build dreadnaughts which waste entire enemy systems on their own, which might be fun to see the first time, or the second time, but yeah... not all the times after that (modding it to death does help somewhat, but at least for my playing style it just never managed to cut it, and searching for mods for hours to get something to work which should work out of the box is no particularly great fun)
-And the AI is not just horrible, it's predictable, and don't ever expect the AI to use something like stellar manipulation at all
-The micromanagement has some cool things going for it, but it get's really tedious after having a certain amount of planets, because appropriate mass commands and the likes are just missing
-The turn processing just takes too damn long later in the game, and I'm talking many minutes on high-end machines...
-...which in turn makes multiplayer games that much more unattractive, I never found anyone to play with, and thanks to these loading times I wouldn't want to bother either
-The non-steam version was a ♥♥♥♥♥ to patch, and the support in general wasn't exactly outstanding
-The game is moddable and it is pretty much the only game I seriously tried to mod, just to find a few senseless hardcoded things just about in the one wrong place (stellar manipulation is rather strictly limited to what it already is)
-And all those cons add up to one problem: The game never felt like a game, only like a sandbox, which is fun for some hours but not more

At the end of the day, if it's on sale and you're fine with a sandbox or just plain love big tech trees for the sake of imagination and creativity, grab it. If you want a game to just install and play then you should really stay away from this one.

Nevertheless I'd love to see SE6 but I harshly assume that'll never happen.
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