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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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79.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
This game is about building a Civilization that will outmatch the other Civilizations. One can conquer the world, become world leader, become the most scientificly advanced or make everyone listen to your music. You can spend an entire 24 hours just playing this game. Oh yeah, beware of Gandhi.
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Discreet Noob
24.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
I've played like 1 game. Takes forever.
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413.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
Great game, but it's even better when you add mods, to enhance the gameplay
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691.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
I have too many hours in this game! Hands down one of the best turn based strategy games I have ever played that will leave you saying "just one more turn...".
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Welcome to IDOL HELL
412.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Teh only game out there that I can fully exercise my American rights without worrying any political correctness issues. Im always teh 1st one who discovers & builds the wall in this game. ;3
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Merdock Parker
12.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
Game is fun and trategic which is why i like. WHen I try to access it from stream it takes me to the buy page which is weird.
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103.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
kill me
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160.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
its ok
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141.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
I would definetley recommend this game, especially to those who like strategy games! I got it as a surprise for my bithday one year so I had no hype or bias towards the game, and when I first played it i instantly fell in love with it. The graphics are good, there are multiple play styles you can use since there is more than one way to beat the game, the gameplay, in my opinion, is satisfying. However if you are considering buying it it is always good to know the downsides. The game takes patience, for me this wasn't a problem but i know it can be for some people. The AI can also be frustrating at times because they seem to dislike almost everything you do, unless your an isolationist (but I can never stay an isolationist). However when your on the same team as the AI it is so broken, the AI will make peace almost immediatly after you delcare war on someone, it can declare war on your ally, help your enemy, and its very keen on NOT helping you!
The AI isn't terrible though (uless their on your team), I'd still recommend the game though overall its great!
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197.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
6 years old and the multiplayer is still full of bugs. Players whom disconnect cannot continue a turn when they reconnect and have to hope the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ AI won't ♥♥♥♥ up too badly, the resourses can bug and just generally has lots of niggly problems that ruin an otherwise excellent gaming experience. Seriously dissapointing, 6 years without actually fixing all the damn bugs (on a supposedly complete game) just boils my blood, I doubt I'll ever buy another Civ game, I prefer my games to either be complete or admit they are still W.I.P
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88 of 102 people (86%) found this review helpful
88 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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76 of 85 people (89%) found this review helpful
61 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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43 of 45 people (96%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
89.7 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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40 of 50 people (80%) found this review helpful
23 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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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
23 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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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
22 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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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Ghandi rekt me 10/10 would do again

>Great with friends

Would recommend
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
265.7 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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
109.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
>starts as the ottomans
>conquers turkey and constantiople
>greece gets mad i conquered constantiople
>greece declares war
>i take greek city
>greece is now weak
>russia betrays my alliance and declares war
>i hold off the far superior russian army
>france takes over all of central europe and the balkans except poland
>france and i both hate russia
>we team up to take down russia
>i build my military and take not only moscow, but also 3 other russian cities
>now theres a big border between me,france,and the polish bufferzone
>we both simutaneously declare war on poland
>i take all 3 polish cities
>france gets ####ed off
>france declares war on me
>i become communist
>russia becomes communist
>i weaken france's army and take over all of europe except iberia, the british isles and scandanavia
>arabia is like "remove kebab" and declares war
>i take over the arabian penninsula
>i declare war on gandhi, and didnt get nuked and took one city
>china eliminates india
>i fight for iberia
>AMERICA! steps in and takes over madrid before I can
>america is ####ed off at me
>russia is ####ed off at me
>the whole world is ####ed off at me
atleast i have nukes.

11/10 would expand kebab again
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
63.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
One of my favorite series of games. Civilization V is no exception. I look forward to Civilization VI.
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