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July 19

Civilization VI - First Look Video Series

We've been posting Civilization VI videos like crazy on our YouTube page. Here is the playlist for our First Look series, in case any of you need to catch up on what's been revealed so far.
We've also shared a few Wonder Movies - vignettes that play in the game engine when you complete construction of a Wonder - and you'll definitely want to check those out. With the in-game day/night cycle, these really shine!

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #OneMoreTurn, and be sure to follow the Civilization franchise on social media to keep up to date with the latest news and information on Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.

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June 23

Sean Bean Narrates Civilization VI E3 2016 Gameplay Video

We've posted a new video on our YouTube channel. This 12 minute long video is narrated by Sean Bean and provides a great overview of the Civilization VI experience, including a sneak peek at Cleopatra!

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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: 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: 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion), 10.9.5 (Mavericks), 10.10.5 (Yosemite), 10.11.1 (El Capitan)
      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: The following video chipsets are not supported for Civilization V:
      ATI Radeon X1000 series, HD 2400
      Nvidia GeForce 7000 series, 8600, 9400
      Intel GMA (950/X3100), HD 3000
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core
    • Memory: 4GB
    • CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
    • Video RAM: 1GB

    Operating System: SteamOS, Ubuntu
    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.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (3,127 reviews)
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( 225.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
If Einstein was alive today, he would be impressed by this game.

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captain donut
( 103.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
this game is addicting, it is really fun to play this game.
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( 40.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
-Going for cultural victory, just need to become sufficiently influential on Brazil and I win
-Playing peaceful af so I can trade open borders with Brazil to boost my tourism output
-Brazil keeps publicly denouncing me for absolutely no reason
-One of my spies tells me Brazil just finished the Manhattan Project
-Brazil suddenly offers an open borders trade deal after being hostile for thousands of years
-I take the deal obviously
-Spy tells me Brazil is preparing a surprise attack on an unkown civilization (me of course)
-I check my tourism stats and my influence on Brazil is at 95%
-Suddenly a Great Musician is born in my capital
-Using the open borders pact, I send the musician to Brazil for a music tour
-Cultural influence on Brazil jumps to 100% and I win the game

10/10 would counter atomic weaponry with rock music again
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( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
So if you haven't played Civ 1 to 4 and you starting with 5, I dunno if this is your cup of tea. If it makes you feel better, this challenging, multi-nation, RTS risk and diplomacy love child has gotten easier when compared to its predecessors. I feel CIV 4, though fantastic in its presentation and nations was really hindered by its unbalanced game engine and automatic features. The mods from civfanatics team really have fixed the engine for 4, you should check it out. As for this one, I feel it was a return to true form on the engine side. Really it encompasses all the good things of 3's difficulty engine on a larger scale. Also it makes the idea of automatic tasks and features more meaningless with more benefit. There is so much to pay attention with local politics, religion, people of interest, etc that it makes for a better game. The water game in this one is better as well. Certain random worlds you have to have an Armada. The game forces your hand in that. It makes for more interesting story games. I love this series and if you get this game, do get all the awesome to enjoy the full story. 4.8/5 stars
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⎠⎞The Pope ⎠⎞
( 293.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
>Start as Russia
>Glory to the Motherland
>South America
>Seems legit
>Found the great city of Moscow
>1532 BC
>Meet George Washington
>Trade embassies
>Wants to become friends
>Turns out America was at war with the Shoshone
>America asks for gold
>Losing GPT due to tons of workers
>Can't give help to Capitalist Comrades
>Their capitol is overtaken by the Natives
>Wins Cold War before its even started
>Do whatever Shoshone say
>Petty Army vs America Destroyers
>Settle city in Central America for naval ease
>Shoshone say WTF
>Plead to not go to war
>They say ok
>Mongols appear
>Trade Embassies
>Below me the entire time
>Covet lands
>Declare War
>Russia falls to Mongols except for Central American City
>Shoshone found a city right next to me
>Denounce me
>Declares war
>Barely holds them off
>Ghandi the Savior Appears
>Friends immiediately
>FFW to 1900's
>Major cultural center with only one city
>Leader of World Congress
>All is well
>Mongols had declared war on Shoshone
>I captured washington when it was weak and brought back America
>True friends
>Suddenly cities stared falling in Eurasia to India
>The Age of Destruction is coming as foretold by the prophets
>Ghandi Declares war
>No way to defend myself
>Fall to Indian Nukes
>Heil lord Ghandi

12/10 would get killed by peaceful protester again
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( 20.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Human civilization simulator
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( 159.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
This game has potential to be a combat based or social based depending on the choices you make in the game. There is many ways to win in the game but even more once you get the addons.
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( 52.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
This game is about as fun as mass murder can be without the intense guilt that you usually get.


Graphically the game is quite beautiful, from close and afar. The whole thing looks pretty.

The game mechanically works well and is easy to grasp. It's very nicely polished.

Overall the game is quite fun, lives up quite nicely to the Civilization franchise and is definitely worth the time.
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( 121.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
This game is the reason I cant trust anyone.

TL;DR Game gave me trust issues.
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( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
10/5 easiest game
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907 of 996 people (91%) found this review helpful
685 people found this review funny
44.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
I can never forget that day.

The day when my grandpa died.

I was only 8.

He called me to his bedside and whispered to me, in a voice feeble yet somewhat unsatisfied.

He said to me, "My lovely grandson, I have nothing to give you in this life, as I have been poor and unfortunate,"

"Money and fortune, women and sex, lush and class, I can give you none."

I wasn't feeling any bit of dissapoint, as I knew very well of him, of his life, of his potential, of the legacy he could leave to his descendants.

And then there was, as I remembered correctly, a short silence.

"Except for this."

My hand was tightly grabbed and, the next thing I remembered, was a 4-GB-black-Kingston-flash-drive-like object being secretly put in my hand, so secretly that not even the people around me had noticed.

"Finish my life's work." Those were his last words.

After years and years of attempting to figure out just what that only file in the flash drive was, here I was, sitting in front of my laptop, Civ 5 was released.

The next thing happened can only explained by me as providence: I copied the file to civ 5 save folder, opened civ 5, attempted to load the file.

It loaded.

It was a Marathon game, on its 284th turn.

There was only one city left, and it was surrounded by enemies' scouts.

The city health bar was already depleted, and I had 23 workers that were, even the closest ones, at least ten tiles away from my city.


Years have passed.

There is, like the beginning, only one city left.

Except that one city, is the only one not owned by me.

My right hand trembled as I reached the "Annex the city" button, never knowing the cause of the tremble being either years of non-stop playing, or the fact that I am now only one button away from fulfilling my grandfather's wish.

I looked out the window, tears in both my eyes formed two vertical lines across my face.

Noticed the image in the window, the reflection of yet another old man with eyeful of tears, crying, yet satisfied.

I stared at the blue sky, whispered:

"I finished your work, grandpa."
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594 of 663 people (90%) found this review helpful
732 people found this review funny
38.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
I built the Great Wall as the Americans.

I truly made America great again.
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198 of 213 people (93%) found this review helpful
92 people found this review funny
85.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
You can play this game with one hand while eating food with the other.
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186 of 208 people (89%) found this review helpful
158 people found this review funny
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Just one more turn..
Just one more turn..
Just one more turn..
Just one more turn..
Just one more turn..
6:00 AM
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189 of 231 people (82%) found this review helpful
170 people found this review funny
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
> Meets Suleiman
> Signs immediate border treaty, research agreement, and defense pact
> Trades and donates as needed
> Joins in declaring war on another nation
> Refuses trade offer due to low iron
> The Ottomans have denounced you!
> The Ottomans have declared war on you!
"I thought what we had was special!"

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96 of 103 people (93%) found this review helpful
86 people found this review funny
406.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
What can I say that nobody else has said yet? Civilization V is that game that when you start playing it, you won't see the dawn of day again for at least a week. Your friends and family will be wondering if you're still alive. Your dog will have died because you forgot to feed it. A week later you're still playing that marathon game against 11 other civilizations, trying to get the nukes before Gandhi does, researching faster than the Babyloniers, getting a better navy than Queen Elizabeth, not noticing that in the real world, outside your new overlords the alien race of s;jf;fgajwnr ncxas;laj have taken over. All your friends have died by now. Your family has been taken as slaves. But that's okay, cause you live in a brave new world now. You don't care about those wacky aliens. You're your own master of the world now. Why care, when you can play just one more turn.
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81 of 93 people (87%) found this review helpful
53 people found this review funny
212.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Got nuked by Ghandi, so I used my Giant Death Robots to raze every city in the Indian empire. 11/10
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69 of 78 people (88%) found this review helpful
56 people found this review funny
37.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
I made 6 nukes then used my UN votes to pass a non-nuclear proliferation so no one else could build them.

Ghandi wasn't happy.

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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
75.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
>started a new quick save, didnt like playing a full length game atm
>get in, things go well to start out with
>meet ghandi
>ghandi offers peace
>accept, not knowing the dangers of ghandi
>fast forward to the great age, me and ghandi destroyed half the city states, and annexed england
>we have great fleets of ships in the sea
>massive army
>im 2nd in largest army, ghandi is 1st by at least double
>allied with russia by now, the power trio
>russia is 3rd
>we all have defensive pacts
>go to invade spain who didnt accept a trade deal 1000 years earlier, and denounced me
>all goes well, when a message from ghandi pops up

uhm ghandi what are yo-

>by this time its modern age
>nuclear subs emerge off the coast of spain
>ghandi pulls tanks behind me and russias troops
>its like shooting fish in a barrel
>subs pop up off the coast of me and russias cities
>ghandi wipes our army, lays waste to our coastal cities
>stealth bombers drop even more bombs
>all out naval war ends up in the end of the american-russian fleet
>ghandi leaves a city in both me and russias nation, just one
>he surrounds it with half his massive army for each

>he nukes us then achieves a science victory

10/10 would be backstabbed by ghandi again
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
470.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
>After long time away from this game, decide play casually with a friend
>Instead usual (small) continents we started at Earth map and decided random our civs with raging barbarians
>Got Russia and started at Siberia
>"Welp this is awkward"
>Because most of my lands are tundra i'm building farm every piece dirt i could find
>3 barbarian camp spawned as triangle position to my capital and they sending their hordes
>Lost my chances at library while fighting and spending every 200 gold i got to warriors, then lost stonhenge then decided not build any wonder at all
>But it was too late my too close neighbour Egypt already expanding to most rich lands "i actually own"
>Decided going tradition
>Settled first 4 cities for mostly natural resources
>Only got wine alongside with gems so we're bunch of drunkard happy people
>I'm literally at the bottom of the list
>Because of Egypt i'm pushed to tundra lands so all of my cities are small farming villages with population of 1-3
>People already in classical, racing for wonders while i trying to fix my economy which is -12 every turn, and it eventually made my science 1 like 8 turns.
>Learnt that my friend is started at India as *Indians* -Native American lol- so we're pretty much neighboors
>"Omg f*cker did build that great library literally first time"
>"Egypt completed pyramids" we're joking about historical accuracy level of this game
>Happens to be there is Atilla at the bottom of China's real world territory
>"Ouch we're f*cked up"
>"I dont give flying f*ck anymore, this is not going to my win"
>100 turns later; Atilla still regularly declares war on us and sends his hordes to literally bulldoze us but because of stupidness of this games AI we always make fool of him with terrain and stuff so he cant win
>It is year 1400, finally fixed economy but i tried so hard so i got 2 great merchant and highest GNP of world
>My country is still rural and low populated while Egypt settled their 8th city
>As last desperate attempt assembled every possible army i could and declared war on Egypt
>Holy f*ck it is -32 gold with Golden Age
>Happens to be Egypt the one who's feeding my economy with 3 caravans
>Took every city they had with 200 years of fighting except they settled in place of Kiev, "oh look i got puppet Ukraine with me now, and it is going to hate me forever like real Ukraine too"
>My friend were decided to stand with me against Egypt, so i protected his lands against hordes of Atilla
>"So we're now like Putin and his best pal Esed eh?"
>Largest country in the world with highest populated army
>I'm playing with Russia and literally have lands the real Russia owns
>Still rural and low on tech, only wonder i got is Hanging Gardens
>No port city, even didnt got the compass tech
>"I need to reach Mediterranean"
>There is Songai in Arabistan, Anatolia and Balkans, they also founders of Islam and trying hard to spread it
>"Kebab must be removed"
>Again Atilla declared war on me with Songai alongside him
>"It is my time to shine"
>And now this is kinda spooky, it is not actually that historically right but it kinda is
>Trying to fight Songhai, their "cavalry" beating my ♥♥♥ off, i'm losing every piece of army but trying to hold the line with remmnants, their one unit is holding and killing my two units
>"Welp it is kinda familiar"
>Started losing my frontier cities to them
>"This is familiar too"
>We fought like 200 years straight with taking and losing our frontier cities repeatedly
>"Omg this is familiar too.."
>They finally got poor and lost most of their units and they're worst at science while i spam units from all of my cities and got better at tech everytime with espionage and rushes
>"Holy hell this is familiar too"
>My friend was dominating at the sea while i was dominating at land, he came with his superior fleet and small shore force to accompany it to take their capital with rushing their one tile widht sea passage
>Year is 1918
>Whole Middle East is now war zone and burning
>Just completed my 3rd factory and choose Order ideology because i got like 20 cities.
>We finally beat great Songai, once one of the strongest empires of the world at middle and early renaissance age, we're now spliting and colonizing it. My friend took whole Arabistan as offsea colony while i took whole Anatolia and Bosphorus for sailing Mediterranean, they got only one small city because of our pity at the middle of our new lands..

This was the very best game i played with best historical refferences happened randomly & absurdly..

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