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Release Date: Sep 21, 2010

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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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91.4 hrs
Posted: August 24
I was under the impression, that unless you started attacking with nukes, no one would use them. I was wrong.

11.5/10 would get nuked 3 times a turn again
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698.4 hrs
Posted: August 24
Honestly one of the best civ games and I have been playing since civ 1, the hex grid really gives you a lot more depth. If your not finishing your game by the time the dawn breaks you're doing it wrong.

Would like to see more random events like those that were introduced in the late expansions of civ IV, One mechanic that still iritates me is the global happiness since it really keeps you from expanding until you have unlocked the civics in late games making playing on any map beyond standard meaningless.

I still find myself going back and doing 20-40 hour sessions

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116.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
My god. this game.
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Deep Dick Pizza [Aux]
44.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
Rating 8/10

A massive amount of information, and history packed into a pretty cool game. This game's strengths also tend to be its flaws. For example the games are insanely lengthy. This is cool because it really allows you to see how even small changes can impact the stance of your society in the longrun, but at the same time it causes games to drag on forever. Similarly the skill cap on the game is so high, that it takes an enormous amount of time to become great at the game. Again very cool because theres so much room for improvement, but you might be a huge noob for a very long time. I also didn't really find it too fun to play the game alone. For these reasons I kind of find it to be a pretty niche game that you'd basically spend a quarter of a day with a small group of relatively intelligent friends playing. All that said I'd still definitely recommend checking the game out. Under the right conditions it's pretty fun.
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97.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
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22.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
♥♥♥♥ you Ghandi..
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33.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
5/5 Girlfriend said I was not the same person on Civ. As if I was on drugs. I mean... I did play this game for hours paying no attention to the world.
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465.2 hrs
Posted: August 24
Early on the game lacked elements from 4 that seemed crucial to me, thankfully they recompensed in the dlc.
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527.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
Civilization V is fun as long as Gandhi doesn't get nukes...
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35.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
A game which is similar to total war but even better.
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146 of 157 people (93%) found this review helpful
138 people found this review funny
307.9 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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64 of 76 people (84%) found this review helpful
65 people found this review funny
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
  • Everything but Ghandi
  • Ghandi

10/10 Would get nuked by ghandi again.
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48 of 55 people (87%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
45.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Start game
Pick France
Builds army
Everyone still has a larger army then me so I have to build more army
"Unit matinence too high"
Worried because the entire Mongolian army is at my border.
Tries to make peace with Mongolians
Almost loses my capital
Mongolia wants peace if I give them everything I have
I say no
Mongolia almost takes capital again
Gives mongolia all my stuff
Peace at last
Continues game
"You have met Russia"
Russia is nice to me
Build one city next to Russia because we are friends
Russia denounces you
Russia declares war on you
Has to give Russia the city I just built so I dont lose my capital
I am now surrounded by people who hate me.
My army size is about 3 units now
"screw culture victory"
Builds only army units
removes all workers
"Your people are very unhappy"
Not care that people are unhappy
Declares war on mongolia
Destroys mongolia
Declares war on Russia
Destroys Russia
Everyone thinks Im a warmongerer
I destroy all of their empires.
Domination Victory

Moral of this game: you can't win unless you slaughter everything in your path.
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29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
85.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
After A Few Games off Civ This is by far the best one

>See's Mods
>Gets Europe Map
>Picks Rome and settles Rome
>At Turn 20 Greece Denounce Me
> Turn 30 Takes Over Venice [City State] and Allies Monacco
> Take Over the first Greek City With Balistas And legions
>2nd Greek City Down
>Greece Want peace But I demand 1 More City
>They Accept
>I build more balisitas and legions
>Power through all of Greece
>Greece has fallen. Also I meet THe Ottamens
>Go On 70 Turns
> Best Pals With Germany Until they denounce me!
>Gets Mad so builds a army to wipe Backstabbing Germany off the map
>4 [including captiol] citys Down Germany have 4 left [Small ones]
>I let them have peace for free
>20 Turns later
>Realise I should go for culture victory [Built every single culture building]
>EVERYONE in the world Declares war on Germany
>I decide Why not? I dont want Russia To Get all that land
>Germany had like 10 infantry While I had a massive army
>Fly through Germany's Cities [Razed Most of them]
>And just because I took over the cities because I didnt want anyone else to I am now a War Mongerer [According to AI]
>Germany has Fallen
>I let France and Russia have open Borders
>Massive France VS Russia War happens on MY LAND
>I just get popcorn and sit back and watch
>started Utopia Project
>They both agree to peace and im sad :(
>Discovers Gandhi IS RIGHT ABOVE me
>Got scared because Gandhi Just did Manhattan Project aswell as Russia
>Got Fed up of Next Turn Button clicking
>Nukes all of England's Cities [They Really hated me all this game so I had to punish them]
>Turns Out gandhi and England where in a Defencive Pact
>Gandhi Nukes Munich Berlin and Hamburge
>Send 5 Nukes on London and 2 on Delhi
>Russia and France ask for open borders
>Massive war on My LAND again
>Gandhi Declares War on France And Russia [He nuked one of my citys which their unit where by]
>Gandhi is Quickly Taken off the map
>England didnt help Gandhi [Now I really want to destroy them]
>Won the Game BUT...
>I click one... more.... turn...
>but wait whats that?
>Gandhi OWNS DUBLIN?!?!??!?
>Gandhi Has Like 10 Nukes
>I take over York And make peace with England [TIME FOR THE ANTI GANDHI ALLIANCE]
>While im focused on Gandhi I didnt notice Russia and France and the Aztecs and The Ottamans DECLARED WAR ON ME
>Somehow defend with just my left over units
>Peace with everyone but gandhi....
>GANDHI TAKES VENICE [My only source of Uranium and my 2nd Best City]
>Says Ok Gandhi I see how it is..
>Takes Dublin and Venice Full force no military left behind
>Takes England while im beside them
>Russia is about to take over Paris but my Open Border deal ends
>Ottamans Empire Has lost its capitol
>See's Green borders...
>He takes over The Aztecs [20 Citys]
>he has taken over half of Russia then goes to peace
>Gandhi says to me...
>I quickly Die out but Rome Stands and Venice
>I have 18k in the bank so I puchase Nukes
>Gandhi has DEATH ROBOTS!
>Forces me to nuke venice to survive
>but Then I see The Russians and the French come in and wipe out Gandhi for GOOD
>Then France gets Revenge on Russia
>France demands Venice off me
>I deny
>I get nuked on Venice
>Venice is lost
>I Have A massive army of frenchies around me
>I go to press Next Turn
>But Wait it says Unit Needs Orders?

I officially love this game
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33 of 41 people (80%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
>Invades Japan in the early game
>Stomps Japan, accepts peace treaty
>Japan spends the next 1,230 turns denouncing me at every opportunity
>Little do they know that I've been building up my army and researching everything possible
>Invade Japan again, nuke Kyoto and Tokyo
>Steam roll every city, including Japan's puppet cities from the French. Leaving only one small city left
>Peace offer from Odo
>I get jack ♥♥♥♥ in the offer
>Wipe out Japan
>denounced by China
>Rinse and repeat

Dont ♥♥♥♥ing denounce me
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
"I think I´ll play like an hour of Civ before going to bed."


~12 hours later.
"Our empire is victorious!"
"Phew, Finally, I can go to sleep."

*Friend notices you playing and invites to multiplayer*
~ 36 hours later
Our great leader has not slept in 2050 years and so our reign has ended.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Travel to a distant world of hexagonal land masses. Settle down to create a hexagonal city. Battle your rivalling nations over hexagonal battlefields. Explore to discover hexagonal banana trees. Then build a spaceship to escape your fear of hexagons.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
255.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Ah civilization. The game where 5 minutes can turn into an hour, where an hour can turn into two hours, where two hours can turn into four hours. This game will leave you thinking "just one more turn and i'll save and quit" but you sit for 50 or more turns. It can become a bit boring but at the same time fun as you mess up history by making Alexander the Great of Greece become the world leader in 2750 or Napoleon of France being the first person to launch a rocket into space. One thing i've learned from playing civ v is to NEVER trust ghandi when he has nukes -_-
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
121.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Started with Ethiopia, adopted Islam, made Russia islamic state, extinguished Protestanism and Catholizism, lost nuclear race and then pacified the nuclear-state Russia to win as a world leader... Priceless!

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
250.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
A refreshing change from the previous Civilization games. Not as good as Civilization IV overall, but then again Alpha Centauri is better than all Civ games. The fact that your end score doesn't scale with the difficulty you play on did give me an aneurysm though.
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