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User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (65,150 reviews) - 96% of the 65,150 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 21, 2010

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Buy Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete Edition

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

Buy Civilization V: Cradle of Civilization - DLC Bundle

Requires the base game Sid Meier's Civilization® V on Steam in order to play.


Recommended By Curators

"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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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: 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion), 10.9.5 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite)
      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
    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.
Helpful customer reviews
370 of 412 people (90%) found this review helpful
510 people found this review funny
486.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
My civ was only 6000 years old. I loved Gandhi so much, I had traded all my resources to him. I prayed to Gandhi every night before bed, thanking him for the civ I had been given.

Gandhi is love I said, Gandhi is life.

Russia hears me and publicly denounces me. I knew he was just jealous, of my devotion to Gandhi. I declared war on him, he attacks me and forces me to sign a peace treaty.

I'm crying now, and my city is hurt. I lay in defeat and its really cold. A warmth is moving towards me. I feel something touch my civ.

Its Gandhi.

I'm so happy. He whispers to me: "this is my land."

He grabs me with his powerful Indian army, and puts me on my hands and knees. I'm ready. I spread my army for Gandhi. He penetrates my border. It hurts so much, but I do it for Gandhi.

I can feel my army dying, as my eyes start to water. I push against his force. I want to please Gandhi. He roars a mighty roar, as he fills my civ with his nukes.

Russia walks in. Gandhi looks him straight in the eye, and says "It's all fallout now." Gandhi waves through my borders.

Gandhi is love, Gandhi is life.
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194 of 211 people (92%) found this review helpful
210 people found this review funny
97.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Turns out the concept of copyright has existed since 4000BC, so have fun building the great pyramids one turn too late
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159 of 170 people (94%) found this review helpful
201 people found this review funny
133.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
GF: I meet you at the party right?

Me: Yeah sure, just going to play one quick game, just 5 minutes.

GF: Okay, I meet you there!

-------5 Hours later------

*GF comes home angry*

GF: You didn't show up at the party! Where were you?!

Me: India is nuking my cities, Mongolia is attacking them and Zulu sold me out!

GF: What?

Me: But that's not really a problem, I am allied to England and Byzantine, Persia got nothing on us!

GF: What are you talking about?

Me: There's been a lot of wars beetween Rome, Korea and Germany, so I am going to let them be.


Me: I got a diplomat In France and Netherlands, I think they plotting against me.


Me: It looks like Japan and Egypt dosen't do much, I can totally outvote them on anything in the Congress.


Me: Russia and Spain is being awfully queit... you think they're planing on doing something?


Me: I deafeted Poland, Ethiopia and Austria early in the game, the others dosen't know about it.


Me: Whatever happens, I am winning this game.


Me: Because I am allied to 5 millitary City-States I am running for world leader and almost finnished the space program.



I didn't notice until 3 days later she was gone.
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203 of 230 people (88%) found this review helpful
161 people found this review funny
2,428.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
It's not a bad game.
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113 of 120 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
601.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
So finally nearly 600 hours in Civi V and finally I believe I can give it a fair review.

So lets get the obv out of the way is Civi V good ? Yes otherwise I wouldn´t have spent 600 hours in it and still booting it up now and then.

Civi V lacks nothing on graphics or gameplay, it is top of the line and there it is 100´s of mods for those who wishes to change their gameplay in anyway possible.

Civi V is not as detailed or brutally hard as the former games in this installment, however that is a great thing in my eyes as it gets a lot of new players to test out the series that the rest of us have enjoyed for so many years.

The DLC`s Gods & Kings and Brave New World adds a lot of the things we are use to from ealier series and is diffenetly worth getting for anyone who likes the more complex version of the Civi series, that beeing said the other DLC`s is mainly just new maps or new nations to play with and really only something you should pickup if you are a huge fan or on sale.

So Civi is as it always have been, you start with a settler and one more unit and here you go form a nation that will stand the test of time. There is multiple ways to achive victory and it is important that you play to your nations strenghts and use your enemies weaknesses through the different time periods of our planet. This is classic Civi after all.

Tho do not let it fool you, Civi is a game that takes a long time often 6+ hours pr map and often one nation is just gonna hate you more than anyone else, in my case it was Poland wich wanted to nuke and kill me no matter what, they did a good job sometimes too.

All in all a great game and a great installment of the Civi series that brings a lot of new players and a lot of life into the series, so if you like complex games that takes time and patience then make sure you pick it up!
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