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Release Date: 23 Sep, 2010

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Includes 16 items: Sid Meier's Civilization® V, Sid Meier's Civilization V - Gods and Kings, Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World, Sid Meier’s Civilization® V: Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II), Civilization and Scenario Pack: Denmark - The Vikings, Double Civilization and Scenario Pack: Spain and Inca, Civilization V: Cradle of Civilization - Mediterranean, Civilization V: Cradle of Civilization - Asia, Civilization V: Cradle of Civilization - Americas, Civilization V: Cradle of Civilization - Mesopotamia, Civilization and Scenario Pack: Polynesia, Civilization V - Civilization and Scenario Pack: Korea, Civilization V - Wonders of the Ancient World Scenario Pack, Sid Meier's Civilization V: Scrambled Continents Map Pack, Sid Meier's Civilization V: Scrambled Nations Map Pack, Civilization V: Explorer’s 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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15 December, 2014

Civilization V multiplayer update is now live

A patch has been pushed live that should address recent issues with connectivity. This fix will only affect the multiplayer components of the game, and will not change any gameplay values or single player settings. We hope that this will improve the stability of multiplayer matches.

For more info on the update, check out the Civilization.com blog here: http://2kgam.es/1yTmUHB

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27 October, 2014

Patch notes: version 1.0.3.276 (October 27, 2014)

A patch has been issued for Sid Meier's Civilization V. Here are the patch notes:

EXPLOITS

  • Fixed tech overflow bug that could allow a user to get free tech each turn for multiple turns. The size of the maximum allowable science overflow is now set at 5 turns of science (about the same as a unmodified research agreement) OR the unmodified cost of the last tech researched, whichever is larger. AI also understands this adjustment.
  • Fixed a multiplayer bug that would allow a player to steal everything from another player when trading.

GAMEPLAY
  • Allow Conquest of the New World achievements to be unlocked when playing the Deluxe version of the scenario.
  • Slight nerf to Tradition, and a boost to Piety (by adding one more prerequisite for Legalism and taking one away from Reformation).
  • Scale warmonger penalties by era (50% of normal strength in Ancient up to 90% in Industrial; 100% thereafter). Penalties for warmongering vs. City-States halved.
  • Added Cocoa and Bison resources from the Conquest Deluxe scenario into the main game.

MULTIPLAYER
  • The autoslotting of human players when loading a saved game in LAN multiplayer was broken when trying to play round-to-round. This has been fixed.
  • Players now properly exit LAN games when they encounter a version mismatch.
  • Players can now set their nick name in LAN games.
  • Fixed an issue where player would get stuck on the joining multiplayer game screen if they used an incomplete IP address while attempting to join by ip address.
  • Notifications are no longer considered “broadcast” unless the player is connected to the game. This will make it easier to communicate information to players who were not connected when the message was broadcast.
  • Players now unready themselves if the host changes the game settings before the game started.
  • The number of player slots available was not updating for connected remote clients when the host increased the map size on the staging room.
  • Fixed an issue causing AI civs that used to be players to still have the player's Steam name after the player leaves in Multiplayer.
  • A player's name in the staging room chat panel no longer swaps if they swapped player slots.
  • Some multiplayer notifications can now expire at the end of the next turn.
  • Some multiplayer notifications will not expire until the player has network connected to the game.
  • Multiple hot-joining bugs fixed in Pitboss.

MISC BUGS
  • The icon no longer changes to a spinning globe during diplomacy (this normally means the game is busy).
  • Don't show a third-party civ or City-State on the trade panel list to "Declare War" or "Make Peace" unless both players have met that civ or City-State.

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
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    Recommended:
    • 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.
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7,781 of 8,171 people (95%) found this review helpful
113 people found this review funny
2,604.0 hrs on record
Posted: 2 November, 2014
I only played a little but it was fun.
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2,766 of 2,888 people (96%) found this review helpful
74 people found this review funny
316.9 hrs on record
Posted: 13 November, 2014
It's like crack. You keep telling yourself 'just one more turn'. but then you realize you've been sitting in your underwear for for 36 hours and you've forgotten to check on your wife who gave birth to your baby last night.
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2,165 of 2,282 people (95%) found this review helpful
53 people found this review funny
3,979.9 hrs on record
Posted: 10 November, 2014
Made me obsessed, destroyed my social life, gave me and irrational fear of Gandhi. and made me invest countless hours into destroying civilizations. 12/10 potatoes
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1,098 of 1,138 people (96%) found this review helpful
47 people found this review funny
126.6 hrs on record
Posted: 8 December, 2014
-playing as the US
-explores and finds siam
-befriends siam
-finds greece
-greece is a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and invades
-gets in a war with greece
-takes 2 greek cities and returnes the rest
-greece is happy
-sails to new lands and finds all other nations
-befirends russia and china
-gets in a foolish war with siam not knowing that every nation exept china and russia is friends with siam
-feels sad because everyone hates me
-makes peace with siam because im feeling guilty for being a warmonger
-people start being nice to me
-feels happy, only germany and arabia are guarded, everyone else is friendly
-china asked me to declaire war on arabia even though he has done nothing to me
-I decline because Ive decided to be an example to the civilized world
-china declares war on and denounces me
-germany declares war on me
-every nation on earth exept for russia declaires war on me
-me and russia vs. the world
-I have 3 nukes and no one else has any
-cant make myself use them
-steamroll enemy city states south of me
-steamroll greece to the north
-steamroll native american settlements on some islands near me
-siam discovers urainum
-siam is confirmed to have nuclear power plant
-must stop siam from getting nukes
-US gunships race to punch a hole in siams defences
-all reserve units are embarked for the invasion with destroyer escorts
-gunships meet uber heavy resistance
-invasion due in 2 turns
-russia is being cut off from US aid
-sends paratroopers to break the siege of moscow
-fails due to being outnumbered 20:1
-D-Day in siam
-steamrolls siam until only capital left
-no sign of atomic weapons
-100,000 troops surrounding the capital
-air raid sirens
-siam nukes himself four times along with most of my troops
-paras mop up and capture the capital
-sad music
-all other nations in shock
-we mourn our fallen troops
-all nations make peace in the next 4 turns
-we all are sad
-decides war must end for good
-changes course for diplomatic victory
-starts work on UN
-becomes allies with 19 city states
-all nations live in realitive peace
-finishes UN
-wins vote
-wins game

10/10 no feels like this in a game before.



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1,355 of 1,419 people (95%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: 4 November, 2014
When Gandhi or Ethiopia comes to your doorstep with gifts of gold, dyes, and ivory, take my advice. Ready all your tanks and nukes, arm them, AND SHOOT THEM LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT.

They are evil, traitorous demons. NEVER TRUST THEM.

However, Genghis Khan is my best friend. He came up to me and was all like, "De full do bu la chi mendo." And I said, "Okay! Let's be friends!" I can never understand that guy, but something about our relationship just works.

Ghandi Hating Simulator 2014
11/10
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1,342 of 1,469 people (91%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
2,556.3 hrs on record
Posted: 26 November, 2014
Um ... I guess it's okay. If I'm bored with nothing else to do, maybe I'll play once in a while. Oh, and it totally isn't addicting like everyone else says, I mean ... I can stop any time I want.
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422 of 436 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
92.0 hrs on record
Posted: 7 November, 2014
You know that feeling when you get up from a "Little" power nap, and realize you were sleeping for 8 hours?
That's this game. But instead of getting rid of stress, it's full of it.

In all reality, however. Sid Meier's Civilization V manages to feel like a board game. You start with 1 big piece, and you try to control the board, in sense. The game is rather welcome to new players. Almost everything is, or can be, automated. You might get confused for a bit, but soon you'll be Nuking Gandhi like a pro. But take heed, however. If you automate your Workers, which you'll find yourself doing the first couple games, they WILL build Farms everywhere. I have no idea if this is a fetish of some kind for them, but they do. This means first timers who want to automate should build a Tall Empire; To explain, a Tall Empire consists of few Cities, but each has a high Population. If you build too many Cities with too many Farms, your Population will make your City unhappy.

Now, for a synopsis of the game;

Sid Meier's Civilization V has many objects of importance. These are below. If you already know how the game plays, skip this section:

[G] = Gold. Gold is your main income. Gold is used for Trades, bribing City-States, and the purchase of Units or Buildings. It can also be used to purchase Tiles. A good income leads to a good Empire. Fact: George Washington is the only Leader who affects the purchase of Tiles (At least in Vanilla).

[F] = Food. Food increases how quickly your City grows. The more food, the faster. If you run out of food, your Citizens will starve until you have enough to sustain them.

[C] = Culture. Culture is used to adopt Social Policies, and grow out your borders. Culture is given to you 1 per turn at the game's start, which is why Monuments and other such Buildings increase Culture. Some Social Policies ALSO give Culture, or other benefits. Once you reach a certain pre-ordained amount of Culture, you may choose a Policy. Remember, for every City you found, Culture Cost is increased by 15% before you're allowed to get a new Policy. You can also achieve a Victory by adopting 5 Social Policies to the end of their branches in Vanilla, or through Tourism in Brave New World.

[H] = Happiness. Happiness is weird. First time players might see it as somewhat redundant at face value. The only thing it blatantly tells you is how close you are to a Golden Age, which increase [G] and [P] (Which I'll get to later). However, an UNHAPPY Empire grows at 1/4 it's normal speed, and a LIVID Empire grows even slower, weakens your units, and makes [P] plummet. Each City you found increases Unhappiness, and your Population does, too. If the people are unhappy, the Empire will fall.

[P] = Production. This is the amount of, uh, "Build" you have per turn. In essence, it's how quickly you build your Units, Buildings, and Wonders. Production can be increased by the terrain around you, and by Buildings like the Workshop. The more Production, the better.

[S] = Science. Science is the big thing of Civilization. Your Empire starts (At least in Vanilla) with Agriculture already Researched. This means you can build Farms. "But!", you cry at the silly reviewer on your screen, "If I only have Farms, what's all this stuff about Workshops!" Well hold your mouth, my, um, Civ-lings. Science is used to "Research." In a set number of turns, whatever you selected to Research is unlocked, and you get whatever bonuses come packed with it. This can be Units, Buildings, Wonders, Perks, Projects, or more. Science is one of the MOST IMPORTANT aspects of this game. Science can also unlock a Victory, but it's rather difficult. You must first unlock ALL SCIENCE PROJECTS, build the Apollo Program Wonder, and THEN build multiple Spaceship Parts. These Parts must then be moved to your Capital, and added to your Spaceship. Once you have all of them, you win!

[C-S] = City-States. City-States are non-player Civilizations, which can't win the game. They have Units roughly around the Era of the most Futuristic Era of any player, and while they are only 1 City each, they can be bribed for Influence.
Get ready for one of the most annoying factors of the game.
Upon Bribing a City-State with 250 Gold, they become Friendly. Giving you various perks. HOWEVER, Bribing them once more makes them your Ally. They gift you all Resources they have, give you more perks, AND they declare war on enemies you're fighting, or that fight you. Since City-States are about twice as much as normal Civilizations in number, allying yourself with many makes you a mighty force. If you manage to build the United Nations Wonder, unlocked with Science very late in the game, you can initiate a vote for World Peace. In doing so, City-States allied with you vote for you. If you get the required number of votes, you win!

[BB] = Barbarians. Barbarians spawn in small camps. They simply harass you. If you get onto an Encampment Tile, you remove it, AND get some Gold. Leaders like Suleiman and Bismarck can get Barbarians to join you, whereas Askia can get Triple Gold from these Camps.

Holy god that was a lot. If you read it all, I applaud you. Now, Civilization V is a great game. It's fierce competition, fun, and overall an honestly fabulous title. If you're a fan of Turn Based Strategy and you don't own it, GET IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. It's an amazing work that deserves the money you pay. Not only that, but there's DLC that give Religon, and WAY more Leaders to choose from. Now, is the DLC worth your money? In my opinion; No. It provides more Leaders, but changes or adds Mechanics I'm not too fond of. I truly think the original is better. Civilization V captivates you into a suprisingly educational experience I didn't expect heading into it. You won't learn too much playing it, but the Civilopedia included in the game provides INCREDIBLY detailed backgrounds to Leaders, Buildings, Technology, City-States, and more. I urge you to buy this game even more now that Beyond Earth has come out, just so you can see what Civilization TRULY IS. The game's mechanics, art style, historical accuracy, and music blend together to form a game you'll spend weeks playing, again and again. Some people say it's only worth it with Expansions, but this game is fine just how it is, and in my humble opinion, is one of the finest games ever crafted.

TL;DR Buy it now you terrible person.
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566 of 622 people (91%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
2,492.9 hrs on record
Posted: 29 November, 2014
I lost my home, my job, and my wife and kids left me because of "just one more turn"


10/10
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780 of 876 people (89%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
80.6 hrs on record
Posted: 4 November, 2014
Played a game where everyone was Ghandi, a nuclear holocaust insued. 10/10
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485 of 530 people (92%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
79.0 hrs on record
Posted: 9 November, 2014
After opening my boarders to Ghandi, famously known as one of the most peaceful protesters in the world, he immediately pillaged my land, destroyed my army, and annexed my cities. 10/10
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290 of 305 people (95%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
117.3 hrs on record
Posted: 15 December, 2014
I'm allowed to discover the Internet before even inventing computers.

Impecible.

10/10
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777 of 890 people (87%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
185.0 hrs on record
Posted: 25 October, 2014
Never. Trust. Ghandi.
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515 of 588 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
2,350.4 hrs on record
Posted: 31 October, 2014
Don't buy this game for saving your life.
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199 of 205 people (97%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
491.3 hrs on record
Posted: 15 January
For those who are deciding whether or not to purchase civ 5, I will compile a small pros and cons list to help you out.

Pros:
- Greatest game on Planet.

Cons:
- Loss of Friends
- Loss of Time
- Loss of Job
- Loss of Pet Fish (poor fish)
- Loss of Sleep
- Loss of Sex
- Loss of Money for snacks
- Loss of Money for Drinks
- Loss of Money for pot
- Well Known Gateway Drug to Crack
- Ghandi
- Probably Illegal somewhere
- Have 350 Hours on Steam
- Bought the game 3 weeks ago
- Help Me..
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221 of 236 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
81.3 hrs on record
Posted: 23 November, 2014
Be warned: playing this game will make all your friends hate you and you will never go outside again.

Don't try the multiplayer, you will become a genocidal maniac.

Also Gandhi is really violent.

9/10
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149 of 154 people (97%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
402.8 hrs on record
Posted: 16 November, 2014
Got bored at the airport at 1:30, decided to spend the 30 minute layover playing some Civ....... Next thing I know its 7:30, I missed my flight..... But I dont care, I stopped Ghandi.....
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591 of 722 people (82%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
1,108.9 hrs on record
Posted: 23 October, 2014
It's alright
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186 of 208 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
122.2 hrs on record
Posted: 4 November, 2014
one does not simply play a little bit of Civilization V
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102 of 102 people (100%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
402.8 hrs on record
Posted: 30 March
- played as Arabia on a large earth map
- started in Europe with Brasil below me
- captured Brasil's capital city because it look nice
- turtled half the game before finding out I was coming second
- RUSSIA WAS FIRST
- the only one between me and victory
- Russia wiped out Egypt and Japan (which were around Kazakhstan)
- Russia has a army 3 TIMES the size of mine
- Russia has like 30 citys with -2000 gold per turn
- Russia's capital is in the middle of those 30 citys
- Russia was sill ahead in tech
- operation cold war was now in effect
- allied with Korea (who was above turkey) and city states near russia to use as a shields
- sent 2 nukes along with a fleet of 15 ships across the world to get as close to the capital as possible
- still wasn't close enough
- Russia's finish half the space ship
- sent xcom squads to the city states closest to the capital
- ATTACK
- que skyrim music
- sent ships into the sea of Okhotsk
- oh crap Russia was prepared
- was met with a blockade of nuclear submarines
- but the nukes must go through
- punched a hole in the blockade with my ships
- my ships sinking left and right
- sent the cruiser with the nukes as far in as possible
- Russia's got 3 turn left on his last spaceship part
- the range on the bombs is just close enough
- FIRE THE NUKES
- SEND IN THE XCOM SQUADS
- captured Russia's capital!
- no ships made it out though, there sacrifices will be honored
- most intense battle I ever fought

- one turn later and France wins a cultural victory

- WHAT THE HELL FRANCE

great game 8.5/10
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120 of 130 people (92%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
177.5 hrs on record
Posted: 15 November, 2014
Submit your life to the all powerful next turn button. You will never go outside again.
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