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Release Date: Sep 21, 2010

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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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December 15, 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.

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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® 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
    • [/list]
    • 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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1,694 of 1,754 people (97%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
177.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 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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464 of 491 people (95%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
117.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
I'm allowed to discover the Internet before even inventing computers.


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382 of 408 people (94%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
491.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
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.

- Greatest game on Planet.

- 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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288 of 299 people (96%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Alexander the great insulted my army saying they were ****

I declared war on him

he was right
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273 of 282 people (97%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
459.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
- 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
- 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
- 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 her last spaceship part
- the range on the bombs is just close enough
- captured Russia's capital!
- no ships made it out though, their sacrifices will be honored
- most intense battle I ever fought

- one turn later and France wins a cultural victory


great game 8.5/10
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235 of 250 people (94%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
6,251.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
It's ok.
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172 of 177 people (97%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
429.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Don't open it before you go to bed.

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168 of 173 people (97%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
186.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
I am the peaceful nation of the Celts.

We shall be the nation of religion, and of diplomacy.

This went well; we ended up next to the Babylonians, and we expanded nicely in peace. However, I have always believed in "dibs", so I placed down Glasgow onto the land between us, to provide a little buffer. They seemed annoyed by this. A few warriors glared at each other across our borders for a few hundred years, but otherwise, nothing too bad happened.

In order to spread our religion further (because we were known for our Confucian beliefs which helped us grow our borders and spread our religion faster), we begin to invest in boats. Soon we covered the oceans in missionaries, Inquisitor and warriors to help defend our religious allies.

Babylon was making friends with a local city state, Genoa. However, they were trying to spread Zoroastrianism; those heathens! Despite both our religions being known for their peace, we passive-aggressively sent missionary and Inquisitor to Genoa. Over the course of about 700 years, we had probably burned a few thousand people for swapping religions; those same Warriors had been given spears now, but they continue to glare at each other from across the borders.

I offer Babylon some sugar for their spice; they wanted my sugar, iron, coal and all of my money. I then asked Germany if they wanted sugar for spice; they accepted.

North of me, Rome had begun a war with France. Due to my time of peace and massive amounts of trade, I found myself with a huge amount of money. Everytime France and Rome made peace, I knew that Rome was beginning to look on my relatively peaceful country with greedy eyes. So I bought... I gifted many city states my religion and gold, and then I bought... gifted France and Germany enough money to declare with with Rome.

While they fought, my Spearmen (now Musketmen) continued to glare with Babylon's, and we continued our 1500 year religious passive-aggression over Genoa. They said I was spying on them; I said I wouldn't. When my spies returned, I sent them back to Babylon. A squad of 5 Great Prophets charged into Babylon, converting left, right and centre. Babylon complained I was being a bit aggressive. I apologised. I then sent more missionaries to Babylon.

I had now found every single Civilization; we decided to have a United Nations meeting in 1600A.D. I, as the host, gave everyone a single vote. Except myself. I gave myself 16, due to my popularity. I declared my religion to be the world religion. Every one opposed. I listened to their opinions, and then passed it anyway. When Rome got angry about this, I then paid France to declare war again. When Babylon got angry, I then paid Rome to declare war on them.

My civilians were amazingly happy; hugely more than any other place. But because I was an Emperor, they declared me Declis the Terrible; despite my universal healthcare, happy citizens, peaceful religion, not a single war in my entire history and massive popularity in the word. My army consisted of mostly my friends, my city states, and my Musketmen (now Great War Infantry) continued to glare at the Babylonian Great War Infantry, after 2000+ years. A great duty to my nation, their descendants shall continue to frown at the Babylonians until the civilizations of the world fall.

Eventually we reached a grand United Nations meeting; I sat on one side of the chamber with my 12 City State friends, and the other 7 nations glared at me from the other side. I said that the People's Confucian Republican Empire of Scotland was the best nation in the world.

They all voted against me. I smiled, and then declared I won anyway.

Democracy is overrated. Freedom of religion only applies to my religion. I don't need to be stronger when I'm more popular (and my people are probably more beautiful). And if you don't like me, I'll pay your best friend to backstab you.

Through this, I came to understand American foreign policy. So Civilization is if nothing else, an educational tool.
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160 of 169 people (95%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
1,312.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
I'm not experienced player, but I like it.
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130 of 138 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
664.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
I would not recommend this game

once, I was in a loving relationship,
but then I started playing this game...

Now we nuke each other with carriers named "Love you though"...
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122 of 128 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2,185.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
I dunno how I've dropped more than 2000 hours into this game, but it's well worth it. Different game every time.
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94 of 95 people (99%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
318.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Gandhi declares war on Bismarck's German Empire.

Soon after, Gandhi strikes Berlin, Hamburg, and Essen with Nuclear Missiles.

The Ottomans, concerned with Gandhi's warmongering, denounce the Indian leader.

They soon lose their capital.

Bismarck, his economy and army in ruins, pleads for peace with the Indian Empire, but Gandhi will only stop with full annexation of the German Reich.

An alliance of Poland, Gengis Khan's Mongolian Empire, and the Aztecs turn on Gandhi in hopes of stopping his rampage.

Warsaw falls.

Karakorum falls.

Tenochtitlan falls.

Gandhi reins supreme. The world is in his grasp. He is on the verge of doing what men, for thousands of years, have dreamed of: Conquering the world under one banner.

But none of that matters, because the Babylonians have just won a space victory by launching a single little rocket into space. It makes too much sense.

10/10, but be warned:

Gandhi will find you.

Gandhi will kill you.

And Gandhi




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72 of 75 people (96%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
53.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
I don't know much about Indian history,but Gandhi is really a b❤ch in this game.
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59 of 61 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
254.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Once I lead a full scale invasion of Asia by building one death robot out of Tokyo every turn because I was slighted by the UN. I regret nothing.
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69 of 76 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
963.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
SID MEIER'S CIVILISATION V - Just one more turn?

|| 9 ||
Score Comment
Graphics 8 Visuals are simple but pleasing, good textures on the landscape tiles, nicely detailed units with lots of variety, good animations and an intuitive unobtrusive UI. Zooming in and out on units, cities and terrain allows you see all the little details while also giving you the ability to see the "big picture" strategic view. Graphics are vastly improved from previous games in the series. If I had one wish I guess it would be to have your cities and their buildings represented better visually. Cities grow and spread with population and advance with technology/era and have several different styles depending on the nation you select, and the building of wonders will add the wonder to the area surrounding your city but it would be great to have further customisation of your cities so you could really make them your own. The Civilopedia (like an in game wiki) is a little difficult to navigate and while informative could use some work.
Audio 8 Game Music is relaxing and fitting, from the dawn of civilisation, the age of exploration or the grand age of empire building it just seems to work well and I very rarely feel the need to turn down the music volume (as I do with other games). The ambient sound is excellent, move your screen to a coastal area and you will hear the wash of the sea, select your boats and you will here the crack of oars or ring of their bell. The little touches and details like these really make the game a joy to play.
Gameplay 9 Civilisation is a turn based 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) game, a game of grand strategy & micromanagement, a game where the objective is to grown your civilisation and eventually conquer all through Technology, Culture, Diplomacy and Military might. This is by no means a simple game, it takes time to truly learn and fully appreciate but once you get into a game your hooked. Civilisation is by far the most addictive game (maybe with the exception of certain MMORGP's) out there. The "just one more turn" is a running joke because you will often find yourself planning on playing just one more turn to build something or win a battle and then you will look to the clock and find several hours have past. The start of the game is exciting, turns move quickly and you see your planning quickly realised, mid game you must continue your expansion and put in place what you will need to win. The only place where I feel this game falls down is late in the game, by this point sometimes there will be a clear winner, technology advancement will slow and your empire will often be so massive and units so numerous that just taking your turn can take quite a lot of time. Overall though gameplay is outstanding. The AI can be a little quirky at times but for the most part is challenging and tactically sound. Relationships between civilisations are all based on their predisposition and events which occur throughout the game and can therefore be somewhat predictable.
Story 8 The Story of history rewritten, the story of civilisation, so many details make up this game and so much background history on every aspect (via the civilopedia). The DLC add's on (amongst other things) quests which add to the story but in truth these add little to the game. The narrative is really what you make it, the interaction between the leaders of the other civilisations, all struggling for power, the alliances and conflicts mean there is very rarely a time of true peace or a dull moment.
Replayability 10 Fully customisable random maps, different scenarios, different civilisations and leaders. Make your own maps and scenarios, full integrated into steam workshop with hundreds of brilliant mods. It all adds up to a different experience each time and near infinite replayability.
Multiplayer 6 This is not an easy game to play multiplayer, the nature of the game means that you will all need a large amount of time to play a game through to completion, which may be problematic (especially with friends in different timezones or for people with connection issues). The most enjoyable aspect of multiplayer I found was the hotseat mode. In this mode you play locally and multiple players take the game in turns (like a boardgame), once again the time required to get near the end means you could be in for a very long (but very enjoyable) game.
9 While some purists will prefer the earlier Civ games in the series, I feel that Civ 5 (and especially with the main DLCs) is a worthy successor. It has the right level of difficulty and depth, much improved visuals and solid gameplay which will make you wonder where the hours went.

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56 of 57 people (98%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
396.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
I've been playing for 36 hours straight. I don't remember if I've eaten. May or may not have pooped myself.

But I'm taking that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Gandhi down before I get up from this chair again.

That's good, right?
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55 of 56 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
564.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
-Best 2 Week Vacation I've Ever Taken
-Helped Me Pass Math History Final
-Only Reason I'm Still In College

*Hits Next Turn*

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53 of 57 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
63.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
I did all I could to be peaceful. I then got nuked by Gandhi. I'm not sure if that says something about me or the game. Anyways, yeah
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49 of 51 people (96%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
229.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Me 9 PM last night
"Oh, im bored. I might aswell continue on my Civ V campaign for a few minutes."

11 and a half hours later

"Dear diary
I have now played Civilization V for almost 12 hours straight, i fear if i don't take a break soon i will never quit. I will soon need water and food, but i cannot leave my seat. Im not sure for how much longer i can make it.

I fear this might be my last note

Good bye"
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40 of 40 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4,414.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
havent spent enough time to give my full opinion, but its good
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