Galactic Civilizations is a space based strategy game in which you are in control of humanity's destiny.
User reviews: Mixed (52 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 14, 2012

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Buy Galactic Civilizations® I and II Pack

Includes 2 items: Galactic Civilizations® I: Ultimate Edition, Galactic Civilizations® II: Ultimate Edition

Buy Stardock Pack 2014

Includes 6 items: Sins of a Solar Empire®: Rebellion, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes, Galactic Civilizations® II: Ultimate Edition, Galactic Civilizations® I: Ultimate Edition, Demigod, The Political Machine

 

Reviews

“The A.I. in this game is capable of some remarkably human-like behavior.”
90/100 – Computer Gaming World

“An understated, thoughtful game that is highly replayable and continually challening - the sort of game that will still be on your hard drive when all the other games you are playing right now are gathering dust on a shelf. ”
90/100 – Computer Games Magazine

“GalCiv is easily the best 4X game right now and the best that we’ll see for years to come.”
88/100 – Firing Squad

About This Game

Galactic Civilizations is a space based strategy game in which you are in control of humanity's destiny.

The year is 2178, the Terran Alliance has invented a new technology -- Hyperdrive. But the secret has leaked to the other civilizations starting a race for all the inhabitable worlds in the galaxy! As leader of United Earth, you must research new technologies, build an economy, create a powerful military force, all the while carefully balancing your political, diplomatic and trade skills.

Galactic Civilizations I: Ultimate Edition combines the award-winning Galactic Civilizations with the Altarian Prophecy expansion pack to create a stellar adventure.

Key Features:

  • Replayability - Galactic Civilizations is readily playable by casual gamers and includes a powerful, sophisticated AI and game mechanics that make each gaming experience different and highly addictive.

  • Immersive Storyline - Playing as the leader of humanity, you have a rich and deep heritage to lead the human race and become one of the principal species of the universe.

  • Multiple, Balanced Paths to Victory - Achieve victory using military strength, economic might, or political power.

  • The Metaverse - Gamers with a Stardock account can be part of the "metaverse," where victories, defeats and campaigns can be recorded, allowing players to share their gaming experience.

  • A Map editor that allows players to design their own custom maps.

  • A scenario editor that enables players to create specific game environments.

  • A Campaign editor allows users to create a set of games that are linked together to tell a story.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows 10 / 8 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3
    • Processor:600 MHz Processor
    • Memory:128 MB RAM
    • Graphics:8 MB DirectX 8.1 Compatible Video Card
    • DirectX®:8.1
    • Hard Drive:700 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 8.1 Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • Processor:1 GHz Processor
    • Memory:256 MB RAM
    • Graphics:16 MB DirectX 8.1 Compatible Video Card
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
47.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
For it's time, it was an "ok" game. 5.1 out of 10.

*UI Stats display is horrible. The game stats won't make sense unless you put too much energy into figuring it out.
*Some things seem to violate physics/logic (designed to improve gameplay maybe...)
*Campaign was fun for me. You can watch my playthrough to see it.
*Don't expect to have any multiplayer fun.

Masters of Orion II is still a better 4x game.

This game is only recommended for extreme nerds like me. All else, GTFO now!

My video playthru the entire campaign:
--------------https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KW3GlbBhH0&index=1&list=PLJqoU7EItaZcDzEQWVio3Dvl5vjCF_iDu
(copy and paste to see the entire playlist)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KW3GlbBhH0&index=1&list=PLJqoU7EItaZcDzEQWVio3Dvl5vjCF_iDu
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
A Space 4x out of the past.

When you are interested in this game please keep in mind that the engine that is used in this part of the series is quite old. The game was developed in the year 1994, and it can't directly evaluated against MOO1 that apeared one year earlier.

For that age the game still feels quite crisp with the options regarding this game, I still have my old boxed set in my archive and I was quite happy to see the game apear on Steam.

And had to take note, that the Hype that the game caused some time, was really a blown bubble. I was reminded why the game was a weak contemporary of MOO, MOM, CIV and other Games that were the rage at that time.

Furthermore you will have a lot of trouble getting this game started at all! Especially on modern machines, it will run only on my older Notebook with an Windows XP Op, and only with a lot of tweaking to do. Still it does crash regulary and at most unopportune times.

You might of course give it a try, but only when you are experienced in getting games tweaked for running, and you have a rather high frustration threshold.

This said, I really can't recomend the game. Sadly as it is, some games better remain in the past, even though they might still feel fresh and crisp - all this "retro" also digs up some of the real underdogs and rotten tomatoes of that time, because I still do remember the issues we had with the first appearance of the game and the trouble that ships couldn't be customized. You had to buy an add on to do that - later in a more viable option the game had some more stuff added as standard contents.

Addendum: The game will actually run on higher end machines, but not with the Steam overlay active... So it still can be used...
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
59.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
Fun past time

While this game is clearly old its still quite a bit of fun. The user interface has a few issues but they are managable. the biggest downside was figuring out how to play the game which for me meant making the AI very dumb …. well below the beginner level ai for a game, figuring out some core mechanics then notching up the challenge after figuring a few things out.


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52 of 73 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
Unfortunately, this is not really a review of the game, so much as a warning that on some modern machines, the game does not work at all. There have been reported problems getting this game to install or run all over the forums, and while I didn't encounter any of the installation problems, even the proposed solutions to getting the game to launch don't work for me.

As such this is a thumbs-down, but mostly as a warning that the game may not work at all for you! "Tested" on 64-bit Windows 7.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 20, 2014
I bought this version because I wanted to try it cheap and didn't know if it would be any good. But I was amazed.

Finally a game that can truly match the amazing gameplay and addictiveness of the Sid Meier's: Civilization franchise. Now I regret not buying the package deal of GC1&GC2, becouse I sure will buy the seqeul and am really looking out for part 3.

When your a Civilization junkie like me? You sure should try this game out! You will find yourself finally having something to beat your addiction, just get your self a new one!
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