Galactic Civilizations III is the largest strategy sandbox ever made. Start with a single world and expand across the galaxy through diplomacy, trade, cultural hegemony, or military conquest in this single-player or multiplayer 4X strategy game. How will you rule your galaxy?
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Release Date: May 14, 2015

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August 23

New Campaign, Ship Parts and Styles in The Altarian Prophecy DLC

Face Down Enemies and Forge New Alliances in The Altarian Prophecy DLC
Check out the new campaign and explore new ship parts and styles for more customization

New Campaign
Discover the story of the alliance between mankind and the Altarians! Spanning 3 missions, you must do whatever it takes to overcome the Dominion of the Korx and their mysterious masters, the Drath.

New Ship Styles
Customize your ships with classic ship styles! This DLC includes the Drath and Korx styles.

New Ship Parts
Explore dozens of classic ship parts and build some of your favorite Galactic Civilizations II ships.

The Altarian Prophecy DLC is now available over at Steam or Stardock.

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August 22

Galactic Civilizations III v1.82 Update Released

Welcome to our August update.  We've focused on addressing crashes, stuck turns, issues with the notification system, and bugs.   Please read below for info.

UI Stability improvements: We've increased the number of UI widgets by 4x. Extreme games (e.g large maps, hundreds of fleets, etc.) will now be more stable.  We have also fixed numerous issues with the new notification system.

Gameplay: We've fixed a ship trading exploit and several gameplay bugs.  In addition, we have made some treaties free for alliance members.

Rise of the Terrans DLC: Updated campaign to use a new United Earth  "classic" ship style that better represents ships of that galactic era.  As part of that change, you now can select United Terrans ship style for your custom races and choose from over twenty new "classic" ship parts for your ship designs.  

Change Log
  • Increased the number of UI widgets by 4x. Extreme games (e.g large maps, hundreds of fleets, etc.) will be now be more stable.
  • Removed a previous change to the autosave system from 1.81 that was causing crashes and corrupting save games in multiplayer.
  • Stray particle effects from battles were traveling across the galaxy before timing out.  This appeared to be a stuck turn.  This should no longer happen.
  • Adjusted AI evaluation of the "Open Borders" and "Non-Aggression Pact" treaties such that these treaties are free for alliance members.  
  • The "ignore defense" ability (from tech such as "Shield Punch") were not properly applying their damage. This has been fixed.  
  • Gave Pirate faction traits user-friendly names since they are showing up in some campaign diplomacy reports.
  • Ships with "One-Per-Player" components are no longer tradable.  This prevents an exploit that allowed players to get around the "One-Per-Player" restriction.  These ships are disabled on the trade screen and include a tooltip explaining that they cannot be traded.
  • The shipyard button "continue making this design until further notice" wasn't checking prereqs when deciding if it should be enabled for a build queue entry.
  • Notifications no longer interfere with game inputs on the left side of the screen.
  • Notifications are now refreshed only at the start of the game and start of a new turn.  This prevents creates gaps in the list in the mid-turn.
  • When adding a ship to the build queue, the list will automatically scroll to the bottom.
  • Clicking on shipyards in the Shipyard List now centers the camera on it and select it.
  • Fixed staked ship bar scaling issues for normal and medium UI
  • Renamed generic tech tree to "Generic Tech Tree".  It was mislabeled as "Terran Tech Tree".
  • Unowned asteroid fields now say "nearest owned planet" rather than "assigned planet" in their tooltip and selection context.
  • Fixed a crash caused by alerts that have no tooltip.
  • Added tooltip to Ship Level entry when viewing single ships on the Fleet Details Window.
  • Fixed a bug where the Invite Friends dialog would do nothing if the Steam Overlay was disabled. The button is now disabled with a tooltip explaining why.
  • Fixed bug where a player who dies in a mp game but stays around to watch the other players play would send an invalid match report.
  • Mercenaries:
    • Added warning if building a starbase upgrade will consume a constructor with mercenary components on it.
    • Building a starbase using the Mercenary ship "The Crux" now provides the correct influence bonus.
  • DLC
    • Rise of the Terrans: Updated United Terrans to use a "classic" ship style that better represents ships of that galactic era.  
    • Rise of the Terrans: Added United Terrans ship style.
    • Rise of the Terrans: Added over twenty "classic" ship parts.
    • Rise of the Terrans: Fixed assorted typos.
    • Rise of the Terrans: fixed bad Xendar homeworld name in diplomatic report screen.
    • Lost Treasures: Fixed a misleading bonus description with the Atomic Polarizer event.
    • Lost Treasures: Fix incorrect description on the Elemental Extractor Lost Treasure event.

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“The new gold standard in 4X space strategy”
9/10 – GameWatcher

“Such a wealth of victory conditions and customization options that the experience feels new with every playthrough.”
8.6/10 – IGN

“A mix of familiar mechanics and new ideas that can keep both fans and newcomers occupied for a frighteningly long period of time.”
9/10 – Softpedia

About This Game

Never the same game twice, Galactic Civilizations III is the largest strategy sandbox ever made. Each new game offers an array of options as you set it up - choose your map size, abundance of planets and resources, frequency of events, and more for a unique play experience every time. Galactic Civilizations III also removes linear victory conditions and offers you multiple objectives that you can choose to pursue in order to win, such as military conquest, cultural domination, technological ascension, or political alliances. The new multiplayer capabilities also allow you to expand your challenges and fights beyond an AI in order to face off against fellow players. All of this, topped with a rich and in-depth custom ship designer ensure an immersive and exciting experience as you decide how to rule your galaxy.


  • Never the same game twice: Play in the ultimate sandbox where each game has a unique map, worlds, and challenges to face -- all on a massive scale. Play against 16 to 100 opponents.
  • Multiple paths to victory: Win through military conquest, cultural domination, technological ascension, or political alliance.
  • Story-based campaign: Get brought up to date on the 20-year story arc behind the rise of humanity in the 23rd century.
  • Massive technology tree: Research a technology tree with immense breadth and depth. Each playable faction has their own unique specializations. Your choice determines how you play and win.
  • Faction & Ship Customization: Create a civilization with its own look, ships, technologies, and even options for how the AI will use them.


  • Multiplayer: For the first time, Galactic Civilizations is a multiplayer game with full support for custom civilizations, saved multiplayer games, and much more.
  • New Battle System: Assign your ships specific roles to play in combat. You can now view fleet battles in a cinematic style to see your designs in action.
  • New Colony Manager: The location of a planetary improvement now matters. Adjacency bonuses and planetary resources make a major impact on what a planet is strong (or weak) at accomplishing.
  • Planetary Governors: Utilize individual planetary leaders to govern your worlds, deciding what improvements to build and when, which leaves you to focus on larger strategic goals.

System Requirements

    • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 / 8.x / 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
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 / 8.x / 7
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor or Equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB DirectX 10.1 Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
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45.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
As a fan of the previous games, I enjoy this game a lot. While I won't say its strictly superior to the previos version, it does have some nice new features and a lot of DLC content available for it.
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15.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
Lack of any real tutorial or actually evolving gameplay sets game well behind Civ 5
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625.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
The game crashes a lot. This is very frustrating.
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29.7 hrs
Posted: September 24
great idea, very poor combat(simulation) and ships design is 90% cosmetic, i cant see my fleet die without any option to change something...
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233.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
Creating worlds,war ships,govermental policies, alliances, they are all very well thought out. However the lack of voices in this day and age is unaccepatable,and the war simulations are very poor.
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43.7 hrs
Posted: September 24
Very Slow if played right. The regular game is fun but with lots of weird aspects. For example I noticed early that you can run a fairly substial deficit most of the game. I ignored cash lost hundreds per turn, for about 100 turns I was alwase 10 turns from going broke but I just found enough to keep me going. Setting up a good starbase network around your planets takes forever and gives you such a huge economic advantage, but slows your game to a crawl. I easily spent half my game setting up starbases. The campain is super easy and its more of a tutorial than anything else, just fly towards the end and win.
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92.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
This game is woefully incomplete. They provide some additional functional via DLC, but the prices they're charging are outrageous. This is an obvious ploy to launch an incomplete game, make some sales based on the name, and then bleed those customers dry when they have to purchase DLC to make the game remotely fun. Even with the DLC, the game is fairly unfinished. This is a prime candidate to wait until they drop the prices to reasonable levels and pick up as a bundle with all of the DLC included.
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131.7 hrs
Posted: September 24
I cannot overstate how much I've enjoyed making spaceships in Galactic Civilizations III.
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Paragon Shepard
46.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
Rating: 6/10

The Pros: Turn Based so you can think out strategies. The HUDS for various tech and overview allow for fast assessment of the situation. You can micromanage your little heart out!

The Cons: The game still seems to be missing a lot. Lack of tutorials and websites that give meaningful information about the function of each item. Having to read through forums to find out about the mechanics of starbases is tedious. The tech screen is useless they should just drop it and use solely the tech tree which lays out progession much more efficiently. Ship battle mechanics is just a straight line function. Nothing really hints at strategy just raw firepower and defense calculating in the background. Most of the time you are in overview so the game doesnt really need to be in 3D at all. Battles are way more boring than say sins of a solar empire or star wars empire at war. Lastly for now is attack seems way to easy and defense isnt high enough. It would be easy to be rushed early on in a game by just a few frigates bypassing your starbases.

Summary: This is almost a turn based version of sins of a solar empire. It's slow, hard to learn, and a very time consuming game. Also the campaign is super short, like 3 episodes long and its done. There really isnt much of a story. go play star control 2 for free. I do like the turned based idea which means you can get really complex like this. But honestly theres a lot of tech and things you wont be using because the same basic rules of rush attacks apply.
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Major Rawne
35.0 hrs
Posted: September 23
Game, although promising in the inital phase, makes an unfinished impression. The accumlating complexity of your empire leaves you with an increasingly tedious load of micromanagement at your hand.

In the face of that the laughable Price of 20 Europe for each Content Pack and 5 Euro for a DLC mimics a bad joke rather than a serious offer and robbs the game of competitive prowess compared to similar games like Stellaris.
Despite some amazingly done ideas, as a whole definitely not recommendable.
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33 of 34 people (97%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
397.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
First, a caveat...I actually do enjoy this game, at least some of the time. Now, onto business...

+ Potentially expansive universe with what could've been nearly endless options.

+ A notably unique storyline with interesting details, and races at least some of which don't seem quite "cookie cutter".

+ A ship designer such that, to this day, no other 4X game has.

- Maps typically end up more like Battle Arenas than strategy maps, for a couple of different reasons, but the most important of which is that even truly beefy computers are greatly taxed trying to run an Insane map of any kind.

- Far too short a campaign, that could've been entirely epic.

- Too little variation between how each race plays. Essentially, there's only one winning strategy, and the tactics each race uses to follow that strategy are only mildly varied at best. The game had a lot of potential for a lot of unique mechanics for each of the races that would have actually drastically changed how they play, but this wasn't done.

- Ship designer somewhat clunky and unintuitive. Great variety of parts to choose from, but missing a good selection of truly simple, universal "core" parts.

- The AI is abysmal. There simply is no other word for it.

- There are still far too many bugs, and far too little polish, for what was supposed to be a top-shelf, finished game.

- Excessive emphasis on DLC rather than actually improving the base game.

This game could've been one of the best 4X space games of its generation, if not of all time. It could've been better than even Stellaris (though I haven't played that yet, so I could be wrong). Enjoyable as it is, some of the time, it's just not quite enough on its own to earn a recommendation. Coupled with how much potential it had but missed out on, I just have to flat-out not recommend it.

If it goes on a decent sale, however, I wouldn't fault you for picking it up anyway. It can be really fun in small doses. But it just doesn't carry the kind of epic grandiosity that one reasonably expects from a game about conquering (or liberating) the galaxy. It's unfortunate, but here's hoping that they did well enough in sales, and are willing enough to learn from their mistakes, that a Galactic Civilizations IV will happen, and be better than ever.
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
429.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
I give it a B+. It's fun to explore, find habitable planets, all the things that make for a good 4x game. The custom ships are fun.

Gameplay-wise, I feel that there is too much pressure to build ships - the "ripe for conquest" mechanic is, in my opinion, flawed. The AIs build huge fleets that would completely wreck the player's economy to attempt. Some events, like the one that drops artifacts everywhere, are a bit too easy to exploit. I also feel the interface is clumsy - there's no keyboard shortcuts to move through your planets and starbases, for example, and often the targets for your mouse clicks are a bit too small (e.g. build queues).
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
81.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Simply put: Get Galactic Civilizations 2 instead. It gives nearly every feature this one does without the worst issue of this one.

This game tries to build off its predecesor, but the AI is cheating so overwhelmingly that the game just isn't fun. Either you're stomping easily through everthing, or getting stomped. No real middle-ground there.

On Normal difficulty in my last session for example, most of the AI were on par with a typical player like myself. But a few will be approximately 15x stronger and that gap will increase rapidly as the game progresses. I'm at ~180 power rating, most range in the 130-300 range, except that one guy sitting at at 2700. If they decide they hate you, well, your game was never a game because you never stood a chance, and you won't find this out until you've already wasted a number of hours on the galaxy.

The game desparately needs the AI to act more consistently and evenly for the difficulty set. As-is, it just plays like a bad version of the previous title in the series.
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
186.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
How to quickly win in GalCiv3: (1) get Prominence III on the Benevolent ideological trait tree (a.k.a. "Enticing," which allows for all planets and starbases within your Influence to switch to your ownership) as you (2) save up a lot of cash. Then, (3) buy a planet (and any Starbases) from the AI player and then (4) do this for all AI opponents.

Nice job, Stardock.

Besides that, the rest of the game also feels "mailed-in" - it feels like the game's developer (Stardock) was resting on its laurels from the previous two smash hits.

Here are some reasons below as to why I do not recommend that you buy Galactic Civilizations III:

1) For starters, the DLC isn't worth a nickel. If you never bought those, you wouldn't miss much except for a few planet types that are hardly interesting. Really, almost all of their "expansions" and DLC need to be included in the base game. Of particular note is that you cannot use any of the newer DLC in the Map Editor, which is itself a feature you must pay for. The expansions and DLC are major rip-offs, and the "Mercenaries" expansion pack is one of the worst I have ever seen in all video games I have ever played.

2) The "wiki" is a laughable joke. You will not benefit from it because (i) it does not contain any specific details on most things you can't figure out on your own and (ii) you can figure out the basic stuff on your own. So why is it there? It's just a picture book; you will get no strategy or useful information, such as what an Aquatic planet's stats are once you've researched Colonization Focus - but the wiki will indeed tell you that the tint of this planet type is blue. Good luck.

3) Some of the worst mods on the Steam Workshop exist for this game. You will be amazed that you cannot find one decent modified race/civilization or map on the Workshop. The best you are going to find are pictures of women in bathing suits as civilization leaders. I guess the dweebs have taken over.

4) The combat in GalCiv3 is almost a pathetic joke. You wouldn't believe that a professional game designer would let that out into the market on purpose. The opening salvo of attacks is pretty cool, but once the two sides "clash," the starships sort of do these slow loopedy loops and curls as they pass by each other, firing their weapons in nonsensical directions, and floating around stupidly. Absolutely pathetic.

5) Managing your Fleets in GalCiv3 is cumbersome and sometimes pretty lame. The biggest nag is that if you add a unit to your Fleet, the Fleet gets renamed. Besides that, looking at the Details page for your Fleet is hardly helpful - names are not alphabetized, and you cannot decipher clear information about individual Fleet units. Sort of the opposite of a Details Screen, eh?

6) When trying to Upgrade your ships, you won't have a side-by-side comparison to see what you are getting yourself into; you will only see the attack and defense stats of your current build, while you can hover over the upgrade-to unit and get the information you want. The best you get to work with is the nomenclature. (Eg.: Marauder M5 going to Marauder M7.) You will likely be cancelling-out of the Upgrade pop-up so you can hover over your unit so that you can compare adequately (from memory). Cumbersome.

7) Oh, you wanted an easy way to manually determine your research, revenue, and manufacturing spending on an easy-to-use slider, eh? You don't get that in GalCiv3, even though it is a major component of playing a 4X-genre game. You get this odd triangle pictograph around which you have to aggravatingly drag a cursor. It is very hard trying to get the percentages how you want them; you can't just type in what you want. Ridiculous.

8) If you want to sort your Planets List by Class, you can't. If you want to sort the list by Manufacturing output - a number you can't see on this list - then you can. Huh?

9) Do you like spam? Me, neither. Here are some "intriguing" messages you will receive constantly throughout your GalCiv3 games: "Our mutual trade continues to strengthen our relationship" (from the same civilization, ad nauseum); "Be wary as you explore the stars. What is new to you is ancient to others" (from the same civilization, ad nauseum); and other useless gems where you can always provide only one type of clickable response: "We will take your words into consideration." That's it. Useless information just to tick you off; no other reason for Stardock to program that poop into GalCiv3 whatsoever.

10) The United Planets screen, like all the myriad spelling errors in this game, is just one more show of "We don't care about our game like we should" from Stardock, the game's developer. Leader portraits overlap, blocking each other in a scrunched-up, offset fashion; the message pane at the bottom covers multiple leader portraits (so you can't see their portraits or their votes); your own leader's portrait is not even presented on this screen; you will never know how many votes you have or how many votes were cast for the various U.P. propositions. GalCiv2 provided all of this information. Why does GalCiv3 suck so hard?

11) Try scrolling down most lists in GalCiv3. You will notice hover-over pop-ups blocking your view of the list underneath. Annoying as heck and defeats the whole purpose. Also, Stardock's lovely "free update" recently included having another list on your main screen letting you know what events are active. Just one more absolutely stupid decision by these people. Completely shameful.

12) Remember terraforming planets in GalCiv2? Man, you could almost do whatever you wanted in that game. In GalCiv3, the highest you can start with is a 26-class planet, taking it between Class 32 and 34 for most planets, and maybe Class 37 for only one planet (with a certain civilization feature). Also, the buildable terrain on these planets is rarely connected: you will mostly have two unconnected sides of a planet to build on instead of a wad of tiles in one bunch so that you can build planets how you want to. This is another key ingredient of a 4X-genre game (building your planet how you want to) that GalCiv3 was made to thwart. If this was just some form of balancing for the game or a challenge or whatever, then it would be fine if and only if the rest of the game were better. But it is just one more stupid thing about GalCiv3 that makes it so much worse than GalCiv2. On top of all that, throughout the game you are given six "buildings" to change/terraform unusable hexes on a planet into usable ones. I have had several planets on a map where I simply could not use 5/6 of these terraforming "buildings" because the strips of usable land on these planets were not connected or not large enough to allow me to add usable hexes! So my terraforming "buildings" just sit there in the planet's building list with nothing to do. How stupid is that? I have 5 terraforming buildings that I cannot use? STUPID!

13) Do you like being in a state of war and not knowing that? It might be exhilirating, but it is certainly not 4X genre. Welcome to GalCiv3.

14) I counted sixty three (yes, 63) modules for what is known as a "Military Starbase." 63! After all that time and effort, these "Military Starbases" are easily destroyed by low-level enemy ships. Asinine.

15) So you destroyed a civilization. Neat! Now their tens of Constructor ships turn into unarmed, non-Fleet Pirates that roam about space, slowing down your computer for you to find and destroy individually. Stardock don't care.

16) You don't know how to mod this game. The few that do either (i) don't or (ii) make stupid ♥♥♥♥.

17) Memory leaks galore.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
I don't understand how this game has the rating it does. It is unfortunately a buggy mess, it is a very infuriating waste of time. I loved galciv2 and always thought highly of Stardock because of it. I bought into this game because of the multiplayer, The idea of playing galciv2 multiplayer really appealed to me. Unfortunately they have NOT delivered.

When I host and my friend joins, it immediately crashes on him like clockwork, so to work around it I saved the game and re-invited him to the lobby of the restored session. Now we are experiencing the turn hang bug, where the turns stop progressing and there's nothing you can do. People have found a work around by loading an earlier save and moving differently in order to continue their multiplayer game. If your idea of fun is coming up with crazy work arounds to try to dodge bugs the devs should've tackled long ago, buy away, you will NOT be disappointed.

I on the other hand am very disappointed and want Stardock to fix this mess.
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
168.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
I love the visuals and the soundtrack. It's so dramatic and well done. The game doesn't seem to bog down on my 2011 i7 processor, but it does use a lot of memory. Make sure you increase virtual storage or let Windows manage it.

Now to my biggest frustration. I don't like how the same civs keep declaring war on me game after game, even when I set them to "easy" or "beginner". Drengen? Snathi Revenge? Good lord, this is not fun! Now even the names of these civs are starting to annoy me. I have rage quit every game so far because I can't seem to survive the era of war. And dammit, I won't punish myself by letting the game beat me so badly. I think gameplay is not correctly balanced.

Even though I'm a "founder", I have had a lot of frustration; just can't seem to be successful in this game. I usually play for a week, then get frustrated and put put it aside for months at a time. I won't even consider playing multiplayer, because losing to real people would be even less fun. Losing all the time, even on the easiest settings, detracts from playability.

At this time, I can neither upvote nor downvote this game. Yes, I am THAT frustrated. Can I just get the sound track? It is so dramatic and cinematic.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
66.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
I really wanted to like this game.

The lack of ability to control combat is a major missing feature.

If you have a bunch of ships set to move long distances over multiple turns, you can't hit a key and have them all move without ending your turn. This causes a micromanagement nightmare even on small maps, and is also the only game of this type I know of missing that function.

The "coercion" penalty is complete nonsense- totally unrealistic and un necessary.

Sometimes when you watch the battles if you win, you actually lose when you return to the map, and vice versa.

Some of the events are really stupid, like: If you have an AI you can't reach because it's out of your range and it declares war on you, and won't even talk to it eventually you get this stupid 'robot ships are attacking any player at war' event the computer spawns a bunch of super powerful ships that run around destroying every ship stationed at all your planets.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
200.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
The game is great but the current bug that prevents you from playing it really ruins it (especially after being 40 hours in). Please fix the turn button issue and I'll gladly provide a better review.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
it is just missing something.

Galactic Civilisations presents itself as, well Civilisation in space. It feels a lot like Endless Space. I descended into chaos quickly, having lost all sense of direction, of where my ships are, who my current victim should be. Or where I was sending wich of my seemingly countless ships and Constructors, some of wich, I later realized, weren't even ones I built, but wich were automaticly built by the system as part of Space-Station upgrades, and were now clustering my view.
War and battle are really a LOT like Endless Space, you can either build some generic ships, or create your own versions, wich are generally stronger and/or cheaper. But you have absolutley no controll over the battle.
You can watch.
because camera-movement is, lets say impared, you can zoom in on the fight, and wonder what the h**l your captains are thinking, or you can not, because you simply cannot find them and are basically lost until you either win, or lose. if you choose not to view the battle (it really doesn't make a difference) you are back to Cilvisation in Space, not bad, but not excatly terrific either.

Recommendation: Buy if it is on sale for a few bucks, but honestly, Stardock has done so much better.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,088.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Its been a long time since I played this game. I burned out on it and needed time away from it. As a founder I got DLC's, added to my downloads. I dabbled in the behemonth Terran return and it was a blast to use precurser tech destroying the Dregin threat. So now it was time to play again. I am playing the Terrans first voyage into space campaign. I have read many of the recent reviews and their comments. Some I will address with my spin of the game and I will also address areas of the game I feel are strange to me.

First the diversifications of the races not being apparent. The best advice I can give you is make a couple of custom races before you even pay your first game. Make your own warrior race, or trade race or fanatic race, look at the pluses and minuses. these numbers show the matrix of the race, that the AI will use to run it. these numbers are subtle but can steamroller you in the actual game if you dont know what they mean. When you meet a race in the actual game immediately go to the diplomacy screen and read up on the race and his key traits, also what he thinks of you good or bad and how untrusting or trusting it is to you.
what is your races strength, the Terrans diplomacy helped me and I have not been attacked or fired a shot and my game is now in the accension phase of the game. it has been very tricky to balance out the races opinions of the Terrans, I came close to war many times. but a gift of some extra credits here and there a trade route established at a critical time can avoid war. It is expensive to build a fleet to keep up with the Dregin or Alterion race, the global economics is quite robust and it works like a real world economy, a stream turns into a brook,turns into a river. do i do research or construction, do i do it system wide or planet wide. the difference in races those +1's and -1s now come into play. you should pick your race on your play style. the AI plays with those numbers. If you as a live player play as a terran you have to play the game using your diplomatic bonuses. Ripe for the picking can go up to i believe a minus 3 agrgession modifier I had to override it with 3 point of positive diplomacy. Early in the game hitting the diplomacy screen every turn and base your strategy of this information. This screen is your chessboard not the actual galaxy map.
Now your planets these are your economy engines and can spin out of control without you even knowing it until long into the game, every decision you make on each of your planets is crutial to a robust economy or a bleeding economy. the AI plays its economy very efficient, again playing the race pluses and minuses to the max.
If you decide to build ships you want to look at the opposing races ships and like in real life build your strengths to his weaknesses. if he uses beams you research shields, if he has no missle defence research missles. Each race picks a favorite and in the latter game you may have fleets made up to fight different races with your ships named that way. This means you must make custom ships, the Terrans core ships are to weak in many instances, you must make and outfit custom ships
Again like the real world accurate intellegence and planning is key to this game. If you pick up this game and decide to play the Terrans or any other race without understanding them you will get steam rolled in the age of war.
Meta gamers can break this game at this time. Many people have posted how so I will not go into detail.
This game is very deep, and like I said a move you did 30 turns ago can mess you up in your whole future game if you dont monitor your cause and effect factor.

Now some thing I feel need to be addressed.
Star Docks: they never improve they can never hold their own in a fight, you can put a hefty starbase near them but only the AI will attack that starbase first a human player will just bypass all your starbases and go for your spacedock. I would like to see a stardock actually being part of a starbase. taking on the starbases protection.

Starbases: I am using tons of starbases in my game, one thing I noticed is that no matter how many modules I put on the starbase, the base hitpoints never change, just the idea of the increase of mass brought about by the modules should increase the mass, making starbases being able to have possible thousands of hitpoints.
Also I think that as a starbase takes damage modules go offline, so a damaged starbase is not as effective as a fully functioing one.
also just like a space dock you should be able to move a starbase slowly to reposition it after placement.

Planet panel: in GC2 you could see in the planet screen if your planet had a stardock orbiting it. I miss this feature, as you scroll through your planet screens you can lose track of your planets that have a stardock built by it.

Ideology tree: To me is too powerful in certain areas, and as a general note can really hurt or help you in the early game.

this game is not for everybody if you are a knee jerk game player , the so called cheating AI will run you over. If you like to take on the roll of the head of your race and like me review all your adversarries on a constant basis, add and revoke trade to increase or decrease influence with a race, dive deep into your planets economys, and balace them to your needs, start or stop and arms race, figure and reconfigure your fleets based on the lastest intellence on the aggressive races, this game is for you and that is just the tip of a very deep iceburg.

I am not a fanboy nor do i work for the company in any way. I have play this game since early access when it barely did anything to the deep game it has become.
I welcome any debate as to my opinion of this game.
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