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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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Duck from State Farm
14.4 hrs
Posted: September 27
Started the Game as Boudicca and her Celts

> Spread out and explored the area
> Found Attila and the Huns
> Declared war on the Attila
> Attila begging for Peace
> Nope.exe
>Took one of his cities
> While on peace treaty with Attila, I moved more armies in position
> Declared war on Attila again and took his Court away.
> Declared War on City-State Bogota
> Denmark Denounces me
> LOL you ain't going to do ♥♥♥♥
> Took Bogota Away.
>Declared war on Denmark making a Defensive line around the City state of Smaarkland
>Denmark gives me a Free city
> Declared war again on Denmark
>Denmark destroyed
> Founded religion of Boudiccaism
> Met Morroco
> Declared war on Morroco
> took the weak City in the middle and got a Free City from Morroco
> Declared War on Morroco again
> Destroyed Morroco
> Takes down Morroco's City State Ally Milan
> To Be Continued (Will be updated later)
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Ichabong Crane
2,714.7 hrs
Posted: September 27
It's okay but I think I may need some more time to really decide if I like this one or not.
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29.0 hrs
Posted: September 27
THis is well worthy of the Overwhelming positive feedback this game as received. I've been so absorbed in anything like this before. Its so addictive that before you know it you've been playing for several hours. Well worth the money. 10/10
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13.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
Brilliant. Best Strategy game i've played.
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Sir Xaviery
22.6 hrs
Posted: September 27
good game
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162.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
Turn-based city builder strategy game. Love everything, did not get nuked yet by Ghandi :o Bought it on sale, well worth the money, I have 100+ hours of gameplay. Sometimes the AI gets a bit boring, but replayability and starting over again and again is no problem at all!
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205.1 hrs
Posted: September 27
Started as Isabella and discovered the Uluru at the 5t. Founded religions before 50t, and finally won a space victory after 315 turns---just a easy game~lol~
It’s my first time to beat Civ5 with Deity difficulty level on a standard pangaea-type map .Luck may occupy an important place when this game. as sure a good birthplace can help you a lot . Certainly ,it‘s not a reason for me to restart game and S\L time and time again~(im still a noob :3 )
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75.0 hrs
Posted: September 27
you certainly get your money's worth.
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18.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
I love this game. Massive scale, extremely well executed multiplayer and mechanics. It's like a hybrid between a board game and a videogame. First strategy game I've been able to get my friends to play with me. I love the opportunity to do things like overcome hordes of barbarians, establish trade routes, and if I so choose be a military war lord. High ping? Civ don't care. Got an hour? Civ can work with that. Got 14? Civ can work with that. Slow and deliberate in decision making? Civ can work with that. 10/10 would buy again.
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11.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
Basically - What? The half of a day passed? Just one more turn please

So i bought the game on saturday and played it ONLY on sunday. I woke up at 7.03 am and launched Civ 5. Wasn't expecting that much of an interest because i don't really like Turn-Based games. If i play strategy game - it's either warcraft 3 or something with guns (like Door Kickers or WH40k). Major con is it's DLC based. To play most of the mods you need BNW. I bought Gods And Kings and i regreat that a little bit. I am not religious person, so i don't want to have religion in any of my cities(i don't really have anything against religion). So first thing that got in my mind when i was making my religion was "Autism". That was fun and games before i send 2 religionaires to spread "Autism" to the world. Now half of the earth has "Autism". Now about gameplay: it's only for the long runs. I personally ain't going to launch the game if i have 2-3 hrs to spair. I play in sessions for like 5-8 hrs of this game, almost beat it as a Napoleon of France. Multiplayer is for long runs too, mostly you gonna play it coop style (get friends and play vs bots). At least that's what i was doing.

9.2/10 as a game
10/10 as a Turn-Based Strategy Game
9/10 as a Strategy Game

P.S I'm afraid to launch Civ 5 right now
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293 of 336 people (87%) found this review helpful
297 people found this review funny
9,282.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
The game's okay
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77 of 99 people (78%) found this review helpful
110 people found this review funny
83.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Saturday, 6:00PM
Alright time to play Russia!

Saturday, 7:00PM
Nice, I got the Ottomans, Arabia, India, and me in an alliance.

*2 liter Mountain Dew bottle halfway gone*

Saturday, 8:00PM
Holy ♥♥♥♥ Poland stop trying to take future Russian land.

Saturday, 8:15PM
I'll ask them to stop settling near me.
Alright they said they'll stop.

Saturday, 8:20PM
*Takes land near me*

Saturday, 8:30PM
Great success. Now Poland and I are at peace after he asked me for peace.

"Rome has declared war on Casimir III"
"The Ottomans have declared war on Casimir III"
"Arabia has declared war on Casimir III"
"France has declared war on Casimir III"


Saturday, 11:00PM
*Mountain Dew 2 liter fully empty* *Gets another from the fridge.*

It's the 1500's and I already have people wearing blue jeans and listening to pop music in Portugal.
Litterally every other Civilization has only Medieval Era and below units while I have Industrial Era units.

Sunday, 1:00AM
Alright now I gotta keep doing ♥♥♥♥ and keep helping everyone out and I'll win for su-AND IT'S DARK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW.
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45 of 51 people (88%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Let me tell you a story folks, how I became the ruler of the world, by accident.
I started a normal game as Bismarck, to get that sweet sweet bonus on barbarians. Everything goes normal, I meet caesar, the queen and the siamese ♥♥♥♥, you'll see later why I call him a ♥♥♥♥. He offers me to become allies, I, the friendly chancellor that I am accept, not knowing what the siamese had in store for me. Few decades later the siamese start a war against caesar, he expects me to join in and help against caesar, since I had problems with caesar before(That ♥♥♥♥ was ♥♥♥♥♥ing about my cities being too close to his borders...I saved so many settlers of his godd*amnit, be thankful!) I joined in. I steamroll caesar and capture every city. After that everything continues going fine,...until the japanese declared war on me and the siamese. Steamrolled the japanese. Following countries to perish is england. After this, world peace was achieved, or so I thought. How wrong I was. Around 1930 the siamese declare war on me, my allies that I deeply trusted used me to wipe the earth clean to get rid of enemies. He uses his nuke I gifted him on my nearest city, (rip Hamburg), so i start a fully blown blitzkrieg and get rid of him. Might've nuked some of his cities. After the war was over I looked at the ruins of what once was europe, asia and africa. Suddenly, another civilization pops up. Montezuma. He was stuck in the medieval age on the american continent. I am now taking care of him and his people so they can become a great civilization. I'll still be the greatest tho, science win wohoo!

Great game to create stories, 10/10. Best played with friends.
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
431.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
"Write a review for Sid Meier's Civilization® V"? Do you write a review for the air you breathe? For the stars in the sky? For seeing an old friend after 10 years? For a lunch in the park on a sunday afternoon with the person you love? For fulfilling all your heart's desires? For passing away at peace at an old age surrounded with people that loves you?
We don't need a review for that. It speaks for itself.
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34 of 46 people (74%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
36.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Great way to kill time. Though I would suggest waiting until a day where it goes on sale. Just my thoughts on the matter.

10/10 Would attack a modern day city with an archer unit again.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
600.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
I'm a addict, I not gonna lied I think of Civilization 5 24/7, when I cooking, when I cleaning, when I'm at my job, when I'm having sex, I can't stop thinking of Civilization 5 I crave it, it the only game that I play in my library ( besides Civ 4 & Sims 3 ). I would not be surprised if I died soon and 40 years later my mummified corpse is still sitting in front of this epic, ♥♥♥♥♥♥ic game.

- I highly recommend not spamming cities as much as I love finding new cities, it can also lead to catastrophe results later on down the road, mostly due to the unhappiness and production of your cities, started two games cause of it. Third game I'm as The Aztecs I doing pretty damn good playing with Nurse, I would like to play more of the match but he offline kind of disappointed by that but I'm patience lol.

- My current game I'm The Huns, on Pangea, 22 civs and diety ( yes I'm crazy diety being my only choice of difficulty to play, simply cause I love it ). Sometime into the game I gather up my forces and declare war on Venice, oh boy I was wrong being a era behind everyone and being at the bottom of the score, I took a risk, I was hoping to imitade the world just cause you got advance weapons and I having a huge army despite the technogical disavantage but the size didn't matter and that risk didn't pay off sadly, Venetians wipe out my entire Hunnic army, force to retreat to my nearest city I regroup and Venice began the counter invasion. Thankfully I did not lost the city cause I sued for peace like the nice guy I am, a couple of turns later Shaka and Gandhi both declared war on me I lost one city but that it. And you're probably thinking "why not retired?" psssttt that what cowards and sore losers do I don't give up or start a new game until I'm completely wipe out from the game. Meanwhile all the other ais in the game are quite peaceful even though it on diety and domination victory but that will change soon.

- I missed units stacking, especially in the late game when you takeover half the map it takes a chunk of time moving each unit individually tedious work.
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
699.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Civ 5 is a luxury which costs money. After playing Civ 5, prioritising luxuries over gold has been confirmed as a smart move. Do the same, buy the game.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
469.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
I enjoy the game very much. But when ghandi nukes you, you just want to throw your computer out of the window.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
428.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
This is one of the best, if not the best 4X game currently available. Make sure to buy it with all its DLC content though (complete edition has them all). There are sales for the complete edition pretty often. My game time is actually higher than this, as I owned the title as retail before getting it on steam. This game is potentially fun for thousands of hours. Playing the first 100 you will have no clue of what you are doing, but it will still be fun. After that you will realize what is really going on and what you can and have to do in order to get those desired victory types down.

Also, after playing vanilla Civ V for a bit you will want to get the Community Balance Patch (CBP) Mod as it enriches the gameplay so greatly and makes it even more interesing and diverse in possibilities.

If this game lacks something, you sure will not notice.

Fun alone, even more fun with friends. Though during play you will get to a point where you hate each other and if it is only for the ONE tile you really needed for your build...
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
I belief its the best ever grand turn based stretegy game available.
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