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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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( 997.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
it's kinda ok
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Viva La VanDerhoof
( 17.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Varry fun game. like risk only better. i have a some what peasant gaming computer so i was some what amazed it runs it soomthly.
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( 32.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
fear gandhi other than that 10/10.
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( 39.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Hex Turn Based Strategy Game / 20 - I need moar !
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( 37.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
I've played THREE games. In every game I always need one more turn... Just one...

I live it,
I love it.
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Salt Rook
( 99.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Played as Gandhi and named my capital Auschwitz and another city Nukevill and went and attacked everyone in my path, got heavily damaged by another Gandhi player who I declared war on instantly that camped me until I had no more units and then stopped and went away, leaving me to spam the Enter Key until I could get another warrior.

10/10 would play Gandhi again.
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☭Kusify Snypes™
( 42.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This game is great
~ It's fun
~ It's easy
~ It's historically accurate

My favorite part in history was when Ghandi nuked New York, twice, then invaded France with giant death robots.
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( 15.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Just buy it. 1001/10
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Not So Dead
( 154.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
In multiplayer this game leaves me in a constant triggered state.

12/10 Would lose again
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( 268.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Where peace leads to all-out war. 11/10 Ghandi
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865 of 953 people (91%) found this review helpful
647 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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576 of 643 people (90%) found this review helpful
703 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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414 of 485 people (85%) found this review helpful
380 people found this review funny
128.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
-Be me
-The music is amazing
-Staying 20 minutes on the menu because of this amazing music
-Be serious
-Let's play a game
-Choose random
-Be England
-Telling my self I got good ressources and a good map
-Exploring a little further
-Found barbians
-Rped me for 500 years
-Killed them
-Found China
-Making cities next to me like she is the boss
-Doing the same
-I don't think this will end well
-WAR for 300 years
-She asks for a peace treaty
-Discovering again a little further
-Find out we're on a big continent with Me, China and Inca
-China declares war again for 126 years
-She stopped
-Discovered there are only 2 contients, we met the Germans, Polynesia and Byzantin
-China declares war again for 70 years
-This time I shut her up because I took 2 cities belonged to her
-She really stop lol
-Few years later, found out China want to annihilate the Inca (cmon...)
-Telling myself it is not big deal, let them do it i dont care about the Inca
-Im living in peace in my empire
-China killed the Inca
-She got a serious strategic point to defeat me
-Declare war on me
-She defeated half of my cities
-She stopped at this point, no future war until decades
-Spectating Germany having the biggest army industry and advanced in science in the game
-He got the entire contient for himself
-China dont want to work with me to defeat Germany
-She insists
-I tried to attack Germany
-I failed
-China attack me behind me and got no armies left on my side
-I only got my capital
-Germany nuked me
-I lost
-Germany won because of technology advancement in Science: he made a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ spaceship

-I'm sad
-Realised I got a save before China destroyed the Inca
-Telling myself lets play this game again
-China want to annihilate the Inca
-I killed the Inca and got their cities
-Declare war on China and got few cities
-She gave me all her ressources to make a peace treaty
-I accept
-We got each other half of the continent
-I have the best army on this game
-Made friends with Byzantin and Polynesia
-City-states want me to be their ally
-I made the debarquement and helped them
-Germany shut up
-He stopped capturing city states and making wars
-Looking if China wants to do her btch on my back
-She doesn't
-Im proud of me
-China is more advanced than me economicly, culturally and scientifically
-Im afraid and feeling powerful in the same time
-Declaring war on China
-Got 2 cities
-We made a peace treaty
-Declaring war on China
-Got 2 cities
-We made a peace treaty
-Declaring war on China
-Got her capital
-She lost it
-I got the entire continent
-I feel bad because I had a history with China, so many memories...
-In depression
-Don't know if i can do this
-Germany trying to get bigger
-I got motivated and declared war on him
-Byzantin with me
-Polynasia insulted me of warmonger (wtf ?)
-I stopped the expansion of Germany
-He wants to stop
-I refuse
-I nuked him 2 bombs
-He doesn't like it.
-This time we made a peace
-Polynesia hates me
-Declares war on me for 5 years
-He is humiliated AF
-He is the hated nation
-He don't have friends
-Poor him
-I got an entire continent and a half of the quarter of the other
-Feeling good
-Try to win this with technology advancement
-No one can stop me because I got the biggest army, biggest cultural influence, biggest science advancement, biggest territory
-Germany try to stop me
-Nuked him again
-He definitely stopped
-I won this game
-Realising I lost 40 hours of my life on this game
-Realising I should stop playing it
-For the ♥♥♥ sake....

Would love to return in the past to save Great Britain AGAIN !
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180 of 195 people (92%) found this review helpful
86 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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172 of 194 people (89%) found this review helpful
151 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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183 of 225 people (81%) found this review helpful
169 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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91 of 98 people (93%) found this review helpful
85 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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74 of 86 people (86%) found this review helpful
51 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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64 of 73 people (88%) found this review helpful
53 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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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
54.2 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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