The latest installment of one of the highest-rated strategy series of all time, Galactic Civilizations III challenges players to build an empire that dominates the galaxy through conquest, diplomacy, cultural hegemony, or scientific research.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (425 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 14, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Stardock has always believed in extensive pre-release testing periods for our games. Involving our fans earlier in the process allows us to gather crucial gameplay, design, and balance feedback. Getting the game out on thousands of machines is a key part of hardware compatibility testing for us as well.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Galactic Civilizations III will be in Early Access until May 2015, according to our current schedule (which is of course subject to change).”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Currently, the beta is fun but incomplete – though it’s getting close! The story-based campaign and the tutorial are the only major features yet to be added, and they likely won’t be available until the final release. The AI will continue to improve throughout the beta, and balance and polish are never-ending tasks.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Multiplayer is fully functional. All core gameplay systems are armed and operational, from empire development to fleet combat, diplomacy, and planetary invasion. The biggest improvements between beta and release at this point will be AI improvements and improved balance.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Galactic Civilizations III may be part of promotions both during the Early Access period and after, but the base price will remain $49.99.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We’ve already gotten a ton of valuable feedback from our community, both on design/gameplay issues as well as help in tracking down bugs. We actively monitor the forums both on Steam and at, and we do weekly livestreams at noon Pacific time every Friday at where lead designer Paul Boyer shows off internal builds and answers community questions as well as soliciting feedback on specific design points that we’re actively working on.”
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March 26

Galactic Civilizations III Beta 5 Now Available

Almost there! Galactic Civilizations III Beta 5 adds a ton of features, content, and polish to the game as the 1.0 release begins to peek over the horizon.

All the factions are now ready to do battle, as the mysterious Thalan Contingency and reclusive Iconian Refuge join the beta. In addition, custom factions can now be created so you can finally make that peaceful race of artistic mechanical monstrosities you’ve always wanted.

The truly ambitious can try their skills on our final two map sizes: Excessive and Insane. Be warned that they are appropriately named.

Minor factions now appear on the map, quietly toiling away on their homeworlds with nary a care in the galaxy, just waiting for someone to stop by and make friends and definitely not invade their juicy high-class homeworlds with a fleet of dropships that darkens their alien sun.

Pirates infest the inky void, causing trouble for anyone passing by.

New Game Pacing and Research Rate options let you control the speed at which a game of Galactic Civilizations III develops.

So much more awaits, from the new diplomacy screen to trade resources to modding support to new nebula art to ship combat roles. We can’t wait to hear what you think.

Read the full patch notes for the full crazy-long list of changes in Beta 5.

Thanks as always for your support, and happy conquering!

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February 16

Galactic Civilizations III Beta 4 Patch 2 now available

The Galactic Civilizations III Beta 4 Patch 2 is now available and players can now download the patch via Steam. This is the same patch that was offered as an opt-in last week, but is now available to all players. This update fixes a number of crashes, stuck turn fix, and various other fixes.

Galactic Civilizations III Beta 4 Patch 2 Changelog

Major Crash/Stuck Turn Fixes:
  • Fixed a crash within Miles, where too many sounds were being instanced at once.
  • Fixed a crash to handle a rare, but valid, case where a fleet is involved in 2 merges.
  • Fixed a multi-invasion crash that appeared to the user as a stuck turn.
  • Fixed a stuck turn in reference to a constructor moving to a full starbase, the AI no longer stalls at this point.
  • Fixed another stuck turn, where the AI was stalling on multi-invasion.
  • Fixed an instance where trapping an enemy ship, would stall the game.
  • Fixed a stuck turn where 2 fleets attack a defended planet and the second one can't execute the battle.
  • Fixed a culture radius oddity(Greatly appreciate the save files in reference to this issue.)
  • Fixed the anomaly rewarded survey ships not surveying. (Rest assured the previous pilots have been fired and the ships will now survey as intended.)
  • Fixed three instances where ship icons were not being displayed for ships.
Personal Notes/Comments:
  • Thank you to the testers for providing your files so that we could track down the issues that you are seeing in the game. (Especially in reference to that influence issue.)
  • Please feel free to create a post/send a ticket to support so that we can continue to address the issues that you are seeing out there.

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“One of the greatest 4X games of all time finally gets a follow-up”
PC Gamer

“I had a really good time with it. I got sucked into the "one more turn" mentality for hours.”

“The sci-fi setting, highly-detailed ships, and immersive galaxies take the game a step above the current competition.”

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About This Game

Galactic Civilizations III is the premier space strategy game. The latest installment of one of the highest-rated strategy series of all time, created by the original developers at Stardock, Galactic Civilizations III challenges players to build an empire that dominates the galaxy through conquest, diplomacy, cultural hegemony, or scientific research.

The stars are yours, if you can balance the demands of expansion, exploration, diplomacy, and all-but-inevitable galactic warfare. Careful strategy, not twitch reflexes, lead to victory in this turn-based strategy epic.

Online multiplayer comes to Galactic Civilizations for the first time in Galactic Civilizations III. Conquer the galaxy alongside your friends or battle for supremacy in titanic clashes.

Feature List for Beta 5 (v0.80)

  • Conquer the stars
    Play as the Terran Alliance, Drengin Empire, Altarian Resistance, Iridium Corporation, Krynn Syndicate, Thalan Contingency, Iconian Refuge, Yor Collective, or your own custom-designed faction
  • Compete with friends
    Up to 4-player online multiplayer for the first time in franchise history
  • Explore random maps
    All map sizes available: tiny/small/medium/large/huge/gigantic/immense/excessive/insane
  • Colonize new worlds
    Develop and terraform habitable planets into teeming tourist paradises, hellish forgeworlds, and anything in between
  • Make friends, extort enemies
    Diplomacy allows rich interactions between empires
  • Minor factions
    Conquer or befriend races that don’t share your galactic ambitions
  • Titanic deep-space clashes
    Admire your fleet's destructive potential in the real-time battle viewer
  • Planetary invasions
    Choose strategies from tectonic destabilization to orbital bombardment to bring enemy colonies under your control
  • Race-specific technology
    Each race moves through the Ages of Expansion, War, and Ascension its own way
  • Unique factions
    Each of the eight races play differently, like the Yor who completely ignore farming and growth rules
  • Design your starfleet
    Powerful ship designer lets players design ships from scratch or take advantage of pre-made blueprints
  • Choose your ideology
    Gain unique bonuses by following pragmatic, benevolent, or merciless paths
  • Mine galactic resources
    Miraculous materials like the antimatter around black-hole event horizons go into the construction of the most powerful warships
  • Win your way
    Spread your empire across the galaxy through force, diplomacy, science or culture

Future Features

  • Best-in-class AI
    64-bit game engine allows incredibly complex artificial intelligence routines, which grow smarter over time as the AI learns from every game it plays
  • Single-player campaign
    Continue the epic storyline of the Galactic Civilizations series
  • Guided tutorial
    Learn to play Galactic Civilizations III with an interactive tutorial mode

System Requirements

    • OS: 64-bit Windows 8.1 / 8 / 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo / AMD K10 Dual-Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 10.1 Video Card (AMD Radeon HD5x00 Series / Nvidia GeForce 500 Series / Intel HD 4000 or later)
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor or Equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB DirectX 10.1 Video Card
    • Hard Drive: 12 GB available space
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103 of 119 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Early Access Review
First things first - this game is in BETA.
That means it is not finished, and therefore an objective review is not possible.
If you're going to base your opinions of a game on reviews of unfinished material then you'd might as well go home now.

On to business, I'm writing this to provide a more objective review than the wave of negativity.

The state of the game at time of writing is one in which the basic functionality works, but not everything is implemented. If you'd like to try this game do so with the knowledge that features may be missing or not working yet.

Overall impressions are good - the game feels identical to the previous installment and yet brings with it new mechanics and features which greatly improve upon it.
I was skeptical at first as a big fan of the previous game, and the genre in general.
In the early days I would tend to agree with some of these negative reviews, lots of bugs, lots of crashing, lots of lagging - but what do you know, they went and fixed all that (an example of why you should ignore reviews this early on!).

Colonies are much easier to manage than they were in the previous game, you simply choose you buildings up front and as you research new techs everything is upgraded for you.
There's a nice little feature where colonies can share space ports, allowing you to have (in theory) double the amount of production in that centre. This is great for players who focus on money, influence or other factors.

Starbases aren't finished yet so there is no point in reviewing them. Same basic mechanics as the last one with the addition of new modules and mining mechanics.

Combat is greatly improved, no longer do all of your weapons fire immediately and your mass of lasers simply destroys everything up front.
Now weapons have more realistic and varied fire rates, which can be modified by ship modules and research to customise your ships more (for example, loading lots of rapid fire mods onto powerful missiles).
Defence needs a bit of work IMO as defence are quickly worn down by weapons. Two shots from a laser with 30 damage will take out a ship with 60 shields. Sounds sensible, but there's nothing to stop you loading dozens of fighters with huge lasers to wipe out capital ships. Most Space RTS suffer from the same issue, so this is more a personnal bug bear than a problem.

Diplomacy is relatively straight forward, what you see is what you get. Tech, finance and treaty trading. The UN resolutions add some more dynamics but they soon get old when you realise 90% of them would hinder you...

Influence has been improved a lot, now if you occupy a planet deep within another player's influence it will be almost immediately transfered to the other player. This stops those pesky AIs colonising Mars for no discernable reason!

The tech tree is great in this game as you can either research improvements or new techs. "Do I really want a new type of laser, or do I want to improve the one I've got?". Obviously the answer to this will be "Eh, I'll take both thanks" but it's a good start and does much more to change the way you play "One more tech then I'll make my new ships, promise!".

Ship design has gotten a whole lot easier as internal hardpoints are now hidden, so it's much easier to attach things where you want them than it was before. Great for creative types.

Nothing on planetary invasion yet, so I can't comment here.

To sum up it's a good start and definitely work keeping an eye on it. Unless you're really interested in it's developmet there isn't much point buying it just yet (unless you're keen to get bonus stuff when it comes out like they usually do...).

Plenty of +/-ve reviews out there, none are helpful in the slightest at the moment. Keep watching, keep reading and reserve your judgement until you play it yourself or the full game comes out.

Hope this helps clarify what's what objectively at this stage.

Oh, the dev team has also been very good in responding to bugs and issues. I've seen bugs posted fixed within days (may be coincidence, but still!). Kudos - can't wait to play it.

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37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Early Access Review
I haven't played very much, but I've played GC 2 a ton and feel I have a good enough base of knowledge to compare this game to, though as I play this game more my review is subject to change.

First thing I noticed while playing: "Coming Soon!" was everywhere. I hated seeing this. I understand it's in Beta, but the only options for you right now are to start a new game or start a quick game. Everything else is blocked off. I haven't played multiplayer so I'm not sure how well that works. I'm not too upset given I spent $25 on the game, but for those who fully supported Stardock back in GC3's $100 asking price I feel right now you aren't getting your money's worth.

Second thing I noticed: Holy hell this game is beautiful. Seriously, every event that you have to make a decision on has its own piece of art to look at in the background. It sort of looks like concept art, and it's extremely well done and I enjoyed every event because each one had its own art to see. The graphics are nice, a huge step up from GC2, and understandably so. It has more of a hex-based system of movement that was present in GC2 but it's emphasized more in this game.

Music: Great as always. It sounds pretty much like a Galactic Civilizations game. If you liked the soft, ambient music of GC2 (at least during peaceful times) then you'll enjoy it in this one.

Gameplay: Not fully fleshed out, as I'll get to soon, but for the most part the features that are more developed are amazing. The tech tree is massive and overwhelming at first, but with time you'll figure out which techs to rush first and optimize properly. The overall consensus is that ship building is fun, but in my brief period of playing I didn't get around to it. Planning on building placement in planets is pretty much the same as GC2, I'm pretty sure all buildings from both the base game and expansions from GC2 are available in GC3 along with a plethora of other buildings I didn't see.

Changes in the way fleet management and production was interesting and something I had to get used to first due to my extensive time spent in GC2. Instead of building a Starport on your planets to make them able to build ships, you have to produce a Shipyard which you build just like a Starbase, which has its pros and cons such as not taking up a slot on your planets, but being able to be destroyed by enemies.

So far I feel income management isn't fully developed. When you look at your income all it tells you is how much you're making. I think there might be an option to change how much you focus your spending, but it was a little finicky to get to work, at least in my inexperienced eyes.

Wars aren't done yet. The battles are close to GC2, but when I got invaded, all that happened was a pop up saying "You're being invaded" and I clicked OK and my planet was gone. Ship battles are nearly done, though overall battle is a little barren. This is probably one of the bigger deciding factors in buying the game since battle is one of the X's in 4X.

The tech tree is absolutely impressive. There's sooo many things for you to research that it overwhelmed me at the start. I didn't know where to begin. I think one of the main problems was I wasn't used to how the game ran so I was always at a loss to what I needed to research next, like should I focus on planetary improvements or focus on military or focus on expansion? I was randomly researching a little bit of everything until the Drengin Empire declared war on me and subsequently stomped me.

So the ending question is "Should I buy this game?" And I think the answer is yes. The developers seem very passionate about making this the best Galactic Civilization game thus far, and I believe that with time it will be.

But there's one more question: "Should I play this game right now?" And I would have to say no. I say pick this game up when it's on sale (like it is right now) or if you're willing to spend the $40ish dollars on it because the full release of the game looks extremely promising. BUT, I would also say that if you want to experience Galactic Civilizations in all its glory, buy and play GC2 Ultimate Edition until GC3 is more fully developed.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Early Access Review
On a note this game is still in beta/early access at the time of this writing - Beta 4

I see a lot of negativity on this game concerning "boring" or "slow paced" and "hard to understand/play" this game feels to me more like a throw back to the earlier 4x type games and to me is a refreshing reminder of the style of games that we once played. With this in mind I was able to load it up for the first time and jump straight into game play without much of a learning curve. It reminds me so much of what I liked about the games of yesterday.

There are nicely renedered cutscenes which lends to the overall grand scale atmosphere of the game. Animations are smooth and the units are clear and easy to distinguish fom each other.

There is a custom ship design screen where you can change the appearance of the ship. A vast tech tree to climb, and for those who like to micromanage planetary economics it offers enough control that you may do so.

Lastly of course this game is still in development and has much room for improvement, with that said for a beta it is relativly complete but not without its issues. As always Early Access means that there will be some issues with the game that are not yet resolved and maybe some features missing but overall it seems like it is on a very good path.

System Specs:
AMD 8320
16GB DDR3 1833Mhz
GeForce 660Ti
Dual Intel 520 SSD (Raid 0)
25" LG ultrawide (2560x1080 UI scaling was a bit rough at this aspect ratio but looked fine at 1920x1080)
Windows 7 64bit
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Early Access Review
Early Access Review

These are issues are found within the first two hours of playing:

1) Choose Civilization Screen: Race Trait Popups do not re-size properly. Some text is not readable. (practically all information pop-ups seem to have this re-sizing bug)

2) Options - Volume or Sound Settings, does not seem to work at all for some affects and movie scenes. I was eventually forced to turn down my speaker volume.

3) First Ideological Trait: I think I accidentally double clicked, but once you stutter click it, then there is no undo. You are stuck with it.

4) This is a Beta Test, the previous 3 complaints don't count as negatives, yet. (There are lots of uncompleted content in this game in addition to the bugs I noticed. Be warned. See my video below.)

These may not be bugs, but they seem that way compared to the previous titles.

I paid $25 for this game during a weekend sale Feb 28 - Mar 2. This game, so far, seems like it's on track to be worthy of my $25.... Since, it's not guaranteed to be finished, I'll give it a 6/10 for now.

Instead of writing a full review of the many positives, I recorded a video playthrough, you can see it for yourself:
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
47.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Early Access Review
Bugs discovered and bug fixes (View Comments for updates)

I purchased into the Beta4 Patch 2 build on offer at 50% off like a lot of people here. I had some very big problems running the game but lets face it's a Beta and it has bugs and we're here to help. It took me about 9 hours to get my 3 hours play time so don't give up.

Bug 1: Completey random freezing of the game for no apparent reason - Fix disable sound effects (nothing else worked)

Bug 2: Clicking on a planet in the planet list other than the idle colony message stats causes a game feeze - Temperary fix click through your messages first.

Bug3: (maybe a feature?) Orphaned Shipyard seemingly causeing a infinite loop bug - fix Attach shipyard to planet that built it and only build one shipyard per planet and if the planet already has one dont build another, yes you can decomission them. (I couldn't find anything out about orphaned shipyards either).

Bug4: Trading for techs that grants new ship designs places multiple copies of these ships into your ship build queue, It may be related to the number of tech traded, we as I have had 3 and 4 copies of identical ships appearing in my shipyard queue - Tempory fix go to your ship designer and obsolete the copies (although you want to play the game this is best for your sanity trust me)

Bug5: (This is a P.S. bug) Posting a review on steam for Gal Civ 3 while paused freezes the game -fix don't write a review

Extra: also consider updating your video drivers to the latest none beta version (ironic ha?) in some cases rolling back if you have already updated to beta versions.

Well done to Stardock on making the new game feel like excellent Gal Civ 2 only better (ignoring the bugs of course).
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Early Access Review
I've only played through one campaign so far, but holy jeepers this is good. It's an excellent sequel to the classic 4x. It keeps what made Cal Civ 2 great, and improves on a few elements.

The "allignment" system now has a lot more to it. The diplomacy system gives you far more options. The addition of "shipyards" simplifies and streamlines military production, as well as adds new strategic structures to fight over. The tech trees additions makes technology feels more interesting. The ship designer? Oh man, the ship designer. I havn't messed around with it too much, but it's more or less a whole other game. You have nearly limitless options for ship designs.

I'm excited for this to come out of beta, and I'm really happy that one of the best PC games of all time has a worthy successor.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Early Access Review
Fantastic game. Still in Beta so there is a lot that isn't available yet but it is coming and i just cannot wait. Though I spent most of my time designing ships rather than playing... more so that I ended up getting destroyed because I'd build for so long, I'd forget what was going on in the galaxy. Though one thing I don't really understand is the opening video... or trailer. Talks about this war, Humanity doing all this and that but... when you play the game, it is baiclally you start off as Humans (or Terrians) on Earth, you just go boldly where no man has gone before to explore strange new worlds (sorry, hat too :P). Not really sure because it looks like a campaign kind of thing but i don't see how that will work in this kind of game.... but whatever, it is still really fun and I cannot wait to see what they do with it in it's final release.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Early Access Review
Great game, with a lot of potention, so far.
Still needs a lot of work tho.

One thing I dislike is that the AI's react almost the same, and are very easily manipulated in Trade.
And maybe special racial abilities for all races would be awesome.

But definitely worth the time (and money) ^^
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Early Access Review
Great looking, smooth gameplay and still missing parts of the game that are sorely needed.
But all in all, its not shaping up to badly.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Early Access Review
After all the features in Stardrive this games seems really simplistic and outdated.

Early Access Game so ballance issues like Beam weapons > all and Production/Food > all can be ignored.... but make the game very dull as you only every build 2 structures and space combat is instantanious and one sided.

Ship design tool is interesting but in practice its just cosmetic and in most cases the module selection is game breaking.
eg 1 ship left docked with 30x sensors installed Covers the map and makes scouts and sensor modules/tech obsolite.
There is no upside to using the ship design tool, you can make a box and put all the guns on top of each other and the ship performs as well as any other ship.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Early Access Review
Wow, I really love this game. There's no tutorial (that I could find) so it was a little confusing at first, but there a lot of familiar concepts that are in other games like Civ 5 so it wasn't that hard to figure out. Overall I really loved the feel of the game and it's pretty solid and polished for a beta. Glad I bought it and I look forward to see the new stuff coming in future beta updates.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Early Access Review
I bought this game the day it came out almost, quite harsh and alot of the old reviews were (in a few cases still are though no where near when it started) really buggy. Some times you were happy to play a half hour at a time. The fan base for this game though is such that it is develouping faster than I expected. Mostly due to the fact that this is one of the devs flagship games and they take the fans serious.

The game is very much what you would expect from the series. I was hopingg the dread lords would become a playable character with a new uber antagonist replacing them, its still in develoupment though so crossing my fingers. All the origonal playable characters are still there (Currently still 2 to be released). They all now "feel" like self realised races though and not just stat bonuses and a spattering of race only techs.

Alot of the reviews in the negatives for this game was for the fact that they put it up for sale not long after the release. A fact that has nothing to do with the game and is all about the customer. Its a shame really how hurt this games reviews are due to that.

So here I am 7 months into the game develoupment now. Paided full price, was not upset about the sale as I being a reasoned adult know that means more people on the game helping the DEV's. From what I seen so far I give 4.5 out of 5. My ownly complaint being no new races. If you liked GC2 Your going to love what this game appears to promise on compleation.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Early Access Review
This game takes space exploration to a new level! Highly recomended if you are into strategic games like Civ V or Galactic Civ II.

I only wish they could have a Hybrid or simultaneous turn change, so we can move and play at the same time because waiting for the other player to finish is a little boring. It helps that I have Netflix so I can watch that whilst playing, but it takes away from the games atmosphere.

All and all a great game, note it is in Beta so all the bugs and stuff will most likely be fixed.

P.S. I don't understand how to mine, hopefuly it will be implemented in a more user friendly fasion.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Early Access Review
Even in beta, it is already as addictive as gal civ 2
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
101.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Early Access Review
I've got a ton of hours on both Gal Civ II and Gal Civ III. I'm a sucker for the 'Just 1 more turn' core loop. The beta has played solid on my 3 year old machine. It would play much better if I had more than 8 GB of RAM. I love the huge maps and that doesn't make it easy for my old box. As a stats-watcher from II, its been a struggle to adapt to playing III without having all the charts and graphs. Each update is a step forward, but I've got to slow down a bit or I'll be burned out before the full version launches. After 100+ hours, I'm always looking for the next update!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Early Access Review
This game is coming along very well. They've taken much of what worked from the old game, and are adding in some simple and powerful improvements to make the new game better. It's nice to see that game developers do not have to start from scratch every time!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Early Access Review
I just started playing and im simply amazed by the level of detail the planets, stars and ships have. Its simply amazing and beautiful when I discover a new star, only to find that it has a habitable planet orbiting it. It amazes me and makes me feel exited when I see black holes and nebulas in incredible details. You can even see lightning in dust clouds. Your advisers are extremely well animated, and diplomacy screens are also incredible. The game simply looks amazing, and thats already a very big plus. As to the gameplay, I haven't played it enough, but its very solid and reminds me alot of Galactic Civilizations II.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
718.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Early Access Review
So far GCIII is GCII on steriods. It took 472 turns in an imense, spiral galaxy to win an ascension victroy in easy mode. The game froze up a couple times, I was either away from the game too long, or it's my videocard. I had no battles, so I never used that side of the game. Occassionally a starbase would not show the ships to be built, but built them just the same. World builting mechanics work fine. Tedious. My kind of game. :) .bwj...
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Early Access Review
Let me start by saying I love the old school strategy games. I also loved Galatic Civ II and still play it occasionally. With that said, I've just been playing beta 4 at this point, but it is oh soooo addictive! I can't wait for the final release.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Early Access Review
In my first hour I colonized a new world (overrun with massive space worms), fought pirates and encoutered a race of space faring squirrels. I've had to decide how to handle potentially dangerous indigenous species (sorry, my colonists come first), skirted black holes, and found old serviceable warships in the ruins of ancient battles.

Now I'm going back for more!
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