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Release Date: Sep 21, 2010

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Includes 16 items: Sid Meier's Civilization® V, Sid Meier’s Civilization® V: Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II), Civilization V: Cradle of Civilization - Mediterranean, Civilization V: Cradle of Civilization - Asia, Civilization V: Cradle of Civilization - Americas, Civilization V: Cradle of Civilization - Mesopotamia, Double Civilization and Scenario Pack: Spain and Inca, Civilization and Scenario Pack: Polynesia, Civilization and Scenario Pack: Denmark - The Vikings, Civilization V: Explorer’s Map Pack, Civilization V - Civilization and Scenario Pack: Korea, Civilization V - Wonders of the Ancient World Scenario Pack, Sid Meier's Civilization V - Gods and Kings, Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World, Sid Meier's Civilization V: Scrambled Continents Map Pack, Sid Meier's Civilization V: Scrambled Nations Map Pack

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"This is worth it ONLY with the expansions. The base game wasnt great but now it's a rich and enjoyable 4x strategy game from the masters."
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June 10

Introducing Sid Meier’s Civilization V for SteamOS

Aspyr Media is pleased to announce our first Linux and SteamOS title, Sid Meier’s Civilization V. The SteamOS release includes all Civilization V DLC and expansion content, including Gods & Kings and Brave New World.

This release targets SteamOS on current gen hardware. Additionally, we're working towards supporting Ubuntu 14.04 as well as additional video cards in future updates.

Here’s where we need your help! To improve Civ V and future AAA games on SteamOS, we're looking for feedback. Tell us below what's working great or what's not working. If you're having any problems, please contact our support directly at

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About This Game

The Flagship Turn-Based Strategy Game Returns

Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the dawn of man into the space age: Wage war, conduct diplomacy, discover new technologies, go head-to-head with some of history’s greatest leaders and build the most powerful empire the world has ever known.

  • INVITING PRESENTATION: Jump right in and play at your own pace with an intuitive interface that eases new players into the game. Civ veterans will appreciate the depth, detail and control that are highlights of the series.
  • BELIEVABLE WORLD: Ultra realistic graphics showcase lush landscapes for you to explore, battle over and claim as your own. Art deco influences abound in the menus and icons in the most well-designed Civ ever developed.
  • COMMUNITY & MULTIPLAYER: Compete with Civ players all over the world or locally in LAN matches, mod* the game in unprecedented ways, and install mods directly from an in-game community hub without ever leaving the game. Civilization V brings community to the forefront.
  • WIDE SYSTEM COMPATIBILITY: Civilization V operates on many different systems, from high end DX11 desktops to many laptops. Enjoy unlimited installations on multiple PCs with your Steam account and take your Civ V experience with you everywhere you go.
  • ALL NEW FEATURES: A new hex-based gameplay grid opens up exciting new combat and build strategies. City States become a new resource in your diplomatic battleground. An improved diplomacy system allows you to negotiate with fully interactive leaders. Custom music scores and orchestral recordings give Civ V the level of polish and quality you expect from the series.
  • SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE: 2K Games is donating a total of $250,000 to four education based charities, and users' choices will determine how the money is dispersed: simply select your choice from the pre-selected charities during the install process.†
*Modding SDK available post launch as a free download.

† Charity selection available until Dec. 31, 2010. Not valid in all territories.

Note: The Mac and Linux + SteamOS versions of Sid Meier's Civilization V are available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish only.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP SP3/ Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB ATI HD2600 XT or better, 256 MB nVidia 7900 GS or better, or Core i3 or better integrated graphics
    • DirectX®: DirectX® version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB Free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • Note: Optimized for the touch-screen Ultrabook™ device
    • OS: Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB ATI 4800 series or better, 512 MB nVidia 9800 series or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX® version 11
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB Free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • Note: Optimized for the touch-screen Ultrabook™ device
    • OS: 10.7.5 (Lion), 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion), 10.9.3 (Mavericks)
      Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core) CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
      Memory: 2 GB RAM
      Hard Disk Space: 8 GB
      Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 2600
      Video Card (NVidia): Geforce 8600
      Video Card (Intel): HD 4000
      Video Memory (VRam): 256MB

      Multiplayer: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Please note, it is possible for Mac and PC to become out of sync during updates. Within this short time period, Mac users will only be able to play other Mac users.
    • NOTICE:This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
    • NOTICE: Intel integrated video chipsets (GMA 950) are not supported
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core
    • Memory: 4GB
    • CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
    • Video RAM: 1GB

    Operating System: SteamOS
    CPU Processor: Intel Core i3, AMD A10
    CPU Speed: 2.4GHz
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Hard Disk Space: 10 GB
    Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 6450
    Video Card (NVidia): Geforce 640M
    Video Card (Intel): Iris Pro
    Video Memory (VRam): 1GB

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Don't meet the above requirements? Running on Ubuntu? That doesn't mean your configuration wont run Civ V, it just means we have not tested and vetted your configuration. Visit the Civilization V community page to share your experience with other Linux players and learn about how to send bugs to Aspyr. Your feedback will help us improve Civ V Linux and future AAA Linux releases!

    NOTICE: Intel Integrated video chipsets (GMA 9XX, HD 3XXX) will not run Civilization V for SteamOS and Linux, and are unsupported.
Helpful customer reviews
99 of 101 people (98%) found this review helpful
136.4 hrs on record
50 Hours into your latest save, all is going well. Only 3 leaders left Gandhi, Caesar and Washington.
you draft an 'end game' plan in your mind, you will make friends with Gandhi (for obvious reasons he's chill) then procede to befriend Caesar.

Then you will take out Washington because he is a ♥♥♥♥ and did not accept an open border agreement 3000 years prior HE MUST PAY. 20 turns later all is going to plan, we are now on Washingtons doorstep, Gandhi and Caesar appear to love and probably fear your superpower nation. All we need to do is eliminate the pesky Americans and ith all our military now on American soil this should not take long.

Then after the swift invasion of America we will make a vote for world peace at the U.N (in rome of course) with our new found Indian and Roman brethren it is a sure win!
But all of a sudden the distant droning of nuclear sirens start, quickly they become louder and louder, "what is this!?" you think to yourself, a false alarm? You shrug it off maybe Caesae bombing a city state.

The game pauses... Gandhi appears on the screen, with a sinister grin he shouts "WAR" in your face. Only seconds after you see a gut wrenching sight. The camera focuses on a nuclear submarine stationed just off the coast of your pride and joy, the capital of your glorious nation.

You then hear a rumble, just seconds after a nuclear warhead emerges from the previously hidden submarine, you realise it is too late... you can only watch as the missle closes in. As your city goes up in a giant cloud there are short lived screams from your beloved people, then silence.

Before what had just occurred had sunk in, before you could make rescue efforts to save your much loved citizens the humming of quiet engines fall upon your ears. Suddenly countless 'stealth bombers' appear seemingly out of no where, soon the sky is blackened by planes, the game falls almost silent only the whistle of falling bombs remains. You faint from the shock of what is unfolding.

You awake shortly after, Gandhi is still flattening what remains of your once prosperous empire, now with 'giant death robots' making the most of his seemingly never ending turn. As Gandhi clinically and relentlessly razes what's left of your broken nation all you can do is weep, your people hacked down in their prime and your glorious nation so mighty just minutes before has just been been all but eliminated in 1 turn.

Why oh why did you turn of autosave? did it really speed your game up? was it worth it?

Ghandi is a complete ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, he acts like your friend but WILL nuke the ♥♥♥♥ out of you if even the slightest oppurtunity presents itself. 10/10
Posted: October 13
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73 of 83 people (88%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Never trust Gandhi simulator.
Posted: October 13
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33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
324.6 hrs on record
After every beaten map I tell myself that I won't play again.
And every time it's a lie.
Posted: October 9
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30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
169.6 hrs on record
Civ 5 is the kind of game where you can try to be nice and befreind everyone, but you will get denounced. they will murder your people and pillage your cities. When you attempt to fight back you are labeled a warmonger, and obviously the only way to stop getting warmonger penalties is to slaughter all those that oppose you right? If you destroy 1 civ might as well destroy them all because they will not let you live that down. Also Ghandi Destroyer of worlds will wreck you if you don't give him all your uranium for him to build nukes to nuke you with. 10/10 would fight Ghandi Destroyer of Worlds again
Posted: October 15
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
109.3 hrs on record
What else to say than: "Just... One... More... Turn..."

The legendary series/franchise/time-consuming-void, that is Civilization, continues to conquer the hearts of all us would-be world leaders who lacks the ambition, and are too lazy, to strive for power outside of the digital realm.

To ascertain whether or not to play Civilization, there is really only one question you need ask yourself:
"How many days off can i afford before getting fired?"

If the answer is below five, you should probably leave now. I'm serious. Leave!

Anyhow. If you have never before played Civilization, you owe it to yourself to try it. You will not regret it. (except for when you get fired, of course.)

It is simply awe-inspiringly brilliant. An epic journey through history. Rewriting history.
Posted: September 28
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
39.2 hrs on record
Amazing strategy game. Civilization is one of the best games I've ever played if I want to go casual or have a little thinking. From trade routes to the welfare of your people. From allies with other civilization to building a utopia. And from building an army to starting wars- Wait, those start tears. You play as a random leader (Or pick a leader) with various units and skills and you try to build the perfect civilization or beat the other players (Other civilization) in a war until you are the last one alive. You have to worry about gold income, happiness of your people, and the welfare for the population to go up and a growing civilization. What I really like is the personality of each of the AI playes if you play solo (I think it can happen in multiplayer too). As for the victory, so far, you have to build a utopia (Adopt 5 full policy) or be the last civilization. And that means, you guessed it, war. It is also a game of trust if a civilization likes you or not (Or a player decides).

Interesting facts:
George Washington adopted communist in the year of 1400 AD.
Napoleon Bonaparte was a huge a-hole around other civilizations and declares war after being on their good side.
Askia Mohammad is friendly even if he is carrying a sword and has a burning kingdom behind him.
Mohandas Gandhi has disposable nukes in his closet.
Sources: This game
Posted: October 1
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
73.6 hrs on record
You should always trust Gandhi; if you ally him he basically gives you a free win.
Posted: October 12
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
44.8 hrs on record
Civ games..... JUST BUY IT ALREADY, DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT, really worth the money, very enjoyable, pure gold! 10/10, i recommend this to everyone!
Posted: September 28
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
44.3 hrs on record
69/10 Atom Bombed a City State 18 times didnt die
Posted: October 18
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
120.4 hrs on record
Avert your stupid beady eyes here dweller. Good good... Put your fat fingers on the mouse and go to the page for it. Buy it. It's your mom's money you greasy NEET, got it?

Buy. the. game.
Posted: October 4
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
98.1 hrs on record
Fireaxis has managed to pull off a fantastic game here - Civilization V has a very in-depth play system that is easy to understand for beginners, and yet complex enough to keep even the most advanced user thinking. The turn-based system is quite fair, though a little bit does rely on luck if you're playing multiplayer (Who gets to host is 1st player, and thus gets "Priority" on wonders, so if both you and player 1 have 1 turn left on The Great Library, Player 1 will get it first), but I personally play a lot of singleplayer. The bot difficulty level increases at a high rate as you go up - 1 is basically playing against yourself, 2 may be challenging for someone learning the game, 3 is an ok difficulty, though still a bit easy, 4 is the equivalent of a moderately skilled human player, and 5 has the tactic of a skilled player, plus extra science/food/production, so I personally play on level 4. I won't go into details about levels 6-8, because I've never tried them, nor do I plan to in the near future.
The UI is quite user-friendly - If there is an action that needs to be done, it will show up in the lower-right corner just above the minimap. There are 4 "advisors" that help new players understand what to build, and how it will benefit them, as well as whether or not to attack an enemy unit, and even who you may stand a chance against in a total war!
Spies also add a new level of strategy to the game, as you must decide whether you will try to steal technology from other people, or if you will protect your own technology. Then you add spy promotions, in which Recruits will almost always be beaten by Agents, who will almost always be beaten by Special Agents. By changing spies around that have different promotions, you can achieve a different level of defense and offense in espionage. For example, if you want to steal from a country that has lots of tech, but you just want intrigue about another nation that has little tech, you can send your Special Agent over to the country that has lots of tech, and your Recruit to the other nation.

Overall, this is a really fun game, the only drawback is it's price, but if it ever goes on sale, it is definitely worth picking up if you're into strategy games.
Posted: October 16
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
101.2 hrs on record
This is a definite should-buy game for anyone. Even though this is a strategy game, I feel like anyone can get into this game and find enjoyment out of it. I highly recommend this game to anyone, even to first-time gamers and to people new to the strategy genre.
Posted: October 16
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
300.8 hrs on record
Civilization 5, a game that made me feel irate and hate a lot of nations.

This is a game about building a kingdom and acquiring fame, or in my case fear because I always ran in from the rear and torched the enemies buildings, where upon I was quickly botched and murdered while me mate john watched. It certainly requires tactics, which fills my gaping cassum of desires like a big bottle of cider. This type of gameplay is simple and soothing like a plane pilot before screaming mayday, at least at first before you're cursed and find yourself coerced into huge wars that go on longer than my drinking at any bars.

With multiples nations that don't have much hesitation, one awkward gaze and you'll be bashed into a haze by five of the loons, when you're just armed with a pair of spoons. But with some mates in sight things became alright at least while they survive, sometimes they wouldn't be alive long.

The blood thirsty nations flood you with all the troops they can spare in large scoops, all because you have the kingdom that is up roaring in applause, or you made the mistake to rake one of the smaller nations for their creations that everyone hated and requested to be berated anyhow. No such thing as peace, in this huge game of chess that you are at cease with 1 piece on the board of the many stored that are civilizations that resulted in nothing but huge cremations. If you make nice and not threaten anyone, but before you're beaten they'll practically speak some random squeak and before anything can be prepared, you see it pop up "WAR HAS BEEN DECLARED."

But don't worry with technologies at hand, aided by the religious doxologies from downloadable content, that adds a congress that is not flawless. The leaders gang in times where I'd prefer them to hold a revolver to my head with a loud bang. Unless you're rich and not stuck looking like a dip switch, you have not many delegates from a few city states to aid you because you got in heated debates to embargo you or not.

With friends of course in the end it is fun, just sometimes extremely laggy but seemly unnoticed when the turns take longer everyone gets stronger, each person having a massive army which makes the enemy become quite barmy, moving them all sometimes lasts until next fall, but we never cared because we shared each other’s help while hearing the enemy yelp, while the staffing got left to clean up the mess we were laughing and heading to the next target that'd inevitably have a bloody carpet.

Otherwise can recommend.
Posted: September 30
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
265.0 hrs on record
Baba yetu yesu uliye
Mbinguni yetu yesu amina...
Posted: October 15
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Lots of fun and challenge in one game. I had a great time with the basic game so I can only imagine how great this game is with dlc! My country was super badass and commoners loved me not to mention the annoying neigbring country kept trying to attack my border cities but failed every time! lol In the end there was no winner. Expect me.
Posted: October 23
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
309.8 hrs on record
This game is absolutley amazing! Every part of this game from the combat to the diplomacy feels polished and superb. I would recomend getting the $50 complete civ package because it adds many new features to the game and is worth every penny.
Posted: October 7
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
199.0 hrs on record
Gandhi is totally trustworthy and would never nuke your empire into dust.
Posted: September 28
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
I made Germany beleive in Judaism. 10/10.
Posted: October 4
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
For some time many of us have wondered just who is Jack Schitt?
We find ourselves at a loss when someone says, 'You don't know Jack
Well, thanks to my genealogy efforts, you can now respond in an
intellectual way.
Jack Schitt is the only son of Awe Schitt. Awe Schitt, the fertilizer
magnate, who married O. Schitt, the owner of Needeep N. Schitt, Inc. They
one son, Jack.
In turn, Jack Schitt married Noe Schitt. The deeply religious couple
six children: Holie Schitt, Gi va Schitt, Fulla Schitt, Bull Schitt, and
the twins Deep Schitt and Dip Schitt.
Against her parents' objections, Deep Schitt married Dumb Schitt, a high
school dropout. After being married 15 years, Jack and Noe Schitt
divorced. Noe
Schitt later married Ted Sherlock, and because her kids were living with
them, she wanted to keep her previous name. She was then known as Noe Schitt
Meanwhile, Dip Schitt married Loda Schitt, and they produced a son with a
rather nervous disposition named Chicken Schitt. Two of the other six
Fulla Schitt and Giva Schitt, were inseparable throughout childhood and subsequently married the Happens brothers in a dual ceremony. The wedding
announcement in the newspaper announced the Schitt-Happens nuptials. The
Schitt-Happens children were Dawg, Byrd, and Horse.
Bull Schitt, the prodigal son, left home to tour the world. He came home with his Italian wife; Piza Schitt
Posted: October 19
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
I love this game!!!
Posted: October 2
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