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 (86 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 16, 2006
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Includes 2 items: Space Empires IV Deluxe, Space Empires V

 

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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
287.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 7
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
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! ...
Posted: October 12
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
69.2 hrs on record
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
Posted: September 30
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Space Empires V is a big waste of time & money
Posted: October 2
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12.6 hrs on record
Sketchy space game is best space game.
Posted: October 1
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2.4 hrs on record
Bad game is bad.

1/10

Giving them credit for trying.
*Goes back to his galixy civalization 2*
Posted: October 25
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
106.8 hrs on record
I loved it, destroyed an empires homeworld by creating a warp point to their homeworld then making a black hole. Limitless fun.
Posted: July 17
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25 of 47 people (53%) found this review helpful
65.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 27
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
67.5 hrs on record
Don't play without the all recommended balance mod and if you want to stay sane let the AI run almost everything.
Posted: June 16
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Crap, half the time it locks my PC up. And they do not seem to be doing anymore updates for it! Annoying.
Posted: July 27
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Old but good game, unfortunatelly practiaclly unplayable on windows newer than XP
Posted: May 19
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
So seeing the deal for the 2 pack I got it, and after playing with IV for a while I looked into playing this one.

Would you like to play the tutorial? Crash: Invalid Floating Point Error
Want to start a new game? Crash: Invalid Floating Point Error

Want Steam to actually make sure its games work before selling them? Crash: Invalid Floating Point Error
Posted: May 12
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
If you are using a 10 year old computer that is running Windows XP, this MAY be a great game. I spent 5-6 hours trying to get it to work to no avail. I had 2 bad installs (Shame on you Steam!). Fixed both installs, modified 2 configuration files, changed the way my video card runs the game, downloaded 2 software utilities and still the best I got was a game that runs at 8-15FPS when in menus and corrupted saves.
Posted: May 6
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
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
Posted: June 21
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
7.5 hours --> Still not sure of overall objective

8/10 .Space.
Posted: June 18
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
This game doesn't work on Windows 7.
Posted: May 7
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
do not buy this game too hard I got this game for $5.00 and its still not worth it
Posted: September 23
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
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
Posted: September 24
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56.4 hrs on record
Good game, I just wish it ran better on Windows 7
Posted: June 28
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149.9 hrs on record
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!
Posted: August 23
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