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Release Date: Sep 21, 2010

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October 17

Announcing the Civilization VI ‘AI Battle Royale’ on Twitch

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI will be in your hands soon when it launches on October 21. Soon, you’ll be able to lead one of history’s renowned civilizations to greatness, but which civ has the honor of being called the greatest? Civilization fans have been furiously making their arguments, but we feel there’s no better way to solve an argument than by letting each civ go at it in a no-holds-barred Battle Royale!

Join us LIVE on Wednesday, October 19 at 3:30pm ET / 12:30pm PT / 8:30pm BST on as we pit eight of history’s greatest rulers against each other in an entirely AI-controlled game of Civilization VI. Find out who has what it takes to create a civilization to last the test of time!

The developers behind Civilization VI will be giving live commentary as we watch eight AI-controlled civs go at it. Anything can happen!

The “Civilization VI AI Battle Royale” will feature the following eight civs:

  • Aztecs
  • Brazil
  • England
  • Greece (Gorgo)
  • Japan
  • Rome
  • Russia
  • Spain
Catch every turn, live on at 3:30pm ET / 12:30pm PT / 8:30pm BST on Wednesday, October 19. If you aren’t able to join us live, the full VOD will be posted to the Civilization YouTube channel shortly afterwards.

If you haven’t caught up on everything new in Civilization VI, check out our First Look video series which showcases new civs, features, and behind-the-scenes looks at the game!

Follow 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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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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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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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
62 people found this review funny
529.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
My people rose up against me and forced me to become an Autocracy...

The public gave me complete power over them...

Love it
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
323.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
As I'm looking forward to the release of Civ VI I'd like to leave a review for one of my favourite 4X franchise of all time.

Back in the day, Civ V had rought start. I couldn't really point what it was but I felt there's something missing in the game. I mean, the early age was fun. I welcome the switch from a single death stack of doom to one unit per hex. But still, mid to late game was rather boring.

Then the first expansion came to fix the mid game with religion, and the second one after to fix the late game with tourism and a bunch of other stuff. Right now, Civ V is a complete game. Totally fun from the start right to the finish line. The addition of steam workshop extended the already high replayability game further. Not to mention the really well made DLC of all the nations and maps. With the current pricing, especially with a huge discount that often given, you could never go wrong buying this.

It's been a while since I last booted the game. But looking back to those hours spent. I've had fond memories of being ganged up, backstabbed, forward settled, nuked, etc.

Good memories.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Razed down 5 Iroquois Civ's cities. Got offered another 8 cities to end the war.
1 turn later: "Casimir III has become a nuisance. One that can only be dealth with
through war. I seek allies - can I count you among them?" 10 out of 10 would raze again.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
The trick to win is to nuke gandhi before he nukes you
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
393.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Product received for free
An all around fantastic game I have played this game into the ground. Great replay value with plenty of mods to keep you going.

Lots of options in how you pursue victory each game, offers high replayability.
Smooth flow to the game, eases you into complex tactics.
Clean and clear UI and graphics allow make the game look good and easy to navigate.
Well fleshed out victory conditions.
Easy to learn, difficult to master.
In general a very fun game to play if you enjoy turn based strat.
390+ hours of gameplay and only several bugs have been encountered.

The game runs smoothly, has small but noticable issues with multiplater.
The game is designed better as single player, however playing with friends is a lot of fun.
Several small oversights that could have been changed with patches but were never touched.

The game is only good with at least gods and kings expansion.
Multiplayer is needs to be reworked.
Part of a series which means the game will no longer recive updates.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
I really love these type of strategys games. I loved the civ games I evenplayed the snes version. I will probably continue to play thisfor hours on end. If you like games that have a lot of planning and learning in it were you can chosse your own path in your own world. Civ 5 is for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
81.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Product received for free
Civilization V is a fantastic and complex turn-based strategy game. With a decent choice of leaders from various eras, multiple map types/sizes and 8 difficulties you may build the greatest empire and conquer the world. This game suits different play-styles as you can win by multifarious ways like propagating violence or, for instance, by spreading your culture across the globe. Each civilization has its own benefits and a cultural affinity with buildings or military. Its immersive atmosphere formed by splendid soundtracks and pretty visuals will surely take away multiple hours from your life shortly afterwards. However, if you're looking for a realistic simulation, don't bother getting this game since Gandhi sure wasn't nuking Germany in 1997 while France was building a Great Wall of China to repel American cavalry siege.

Overall, a very addicting game which I got for free and even doubted if I should try it. I can now firmly state that it's amazing and would even suggest it to players who aren't into strategy games like me.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
213.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
This game is a timeless strategy classic! I've played countless hours on this copy and on friends computers before purchasing for myself. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who already plays strategy based games or anyone looking at getting into it, as the tutorials and scenarios can really develop the skills of those both new and old to the genre. A solid 10/10 game that I would pay for again!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
This game is great! I bought it on September 22 and whoof!
12 hours in and I have tried and tried to make civs and have failed multiple times! But now I found my perfect civ! Great trade routes, 30 gold coins and friends with almos all civs except Ghenghis Khan!

If you don't have any other games to play, get this one! The best time-waster in the world besides Reddit!

Gameplay: 10/10
Art style: 10/10
Music: 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
77.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
I really like this game and I totally recommend this game. It is pretty simple for noobs but can get very in-depth for veterans. Can play this for hours.
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1,126.4 hrs
Posted: October 21
This is one of the better games to play at lan parties, hours played to game price are well worth it. It is actually fun if you like the colonists of catan and games of the liking. The best turn based game i've played and will keep buying. (even though beyond earth sucked balls). The mechanics are very well polished. However, the performance with many players and in combat is a bit nasty. And the loading times with giant maps can become very cumbersome lategame.
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162.1 hrs
Posted: October 21
I've been playing Civ since the first version, and have really enjoyed playing everyone. I really like the historic detail put into this version, and especially the rich diversity modders have created in Steam Workshop, which provide endless variety.
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30.2 hrs
Posted: October 21
Great game for killing time :)
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38.1 hrs
Posted: October 21
Can't understand how so many people can give positive feedback to this game. You cant even have fun with a premade group of people. I wont ever buy a Civ game again. Please dont support these Developers again until they learn how to properly implement a working multiplayer. This is a joke tbh. All past Civ games had issues in multiplayer yet if it was desync, OOS or whatever. And the devs just dont care it seems. Im quite sure the new Civ 6 will have similar issues. All u can do is play it only singleplayer which gets boring quite fast.
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Lazy Panda
153.4 hrs
Posted: October 21
Unplayable in vanilla. Best turnbaststratagy game with dlcs
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120.2 hrs
Posted: October 21
Charming game. I just wish they'd made it a bit more complicated.
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622.1 hrs
Posted: October 21
To celebrate the release of Civilization VI I decided to make a review on Civilization V. This is by far my favourite game, maybe Civilization VI may top it, if you don't have this gem yet in your steam library just buy it. Sale or no Sale it's worth every penny and even in bundle it's way cheaper than it supposed to be. If you get 'bored' with the classical game you can always install the many mods from this awesome mod community. They really are inventive and you can almost find a mod for every feature that you would come up with.

The game is in single player and multiplayer, which is an amazing feature. Unfortunately single player doesn't support playing with all civs, maximum is 22 and it may corrupt your save after a while with 22 modded civs or a big map with 22 civs (doesn't happen often), multiplayer on the other hand is fun to do. If you do it with friends its hours of fun but playing with randoms is harder because you have to do it in one go. Not to mention the amount of times it may crash or reload in both cases.

The environment is one of the best in the games that I have played so far. The introduction always hits me, it's like history class but 10 times more intresting, I always fully listen it unless I already know the leader. The music is very relaxing and switches paces often. Some people call this game slow paced, it really depends, you can finish a game in 150 turns but you can do it as well in 600. Depends on your playstyle more than the game itself. Every turn can be decisive or can deliver a big impact to the game. The dialogues are amazing, the amounts of languages and different interactions that you have. I even know some atop of my head.

The gameplay is fun, and always a challenge somehow, unfortunate to me is that the choices of the difficulty goes. The game gives the AI advantages, starting from King, instead of making the AI way smarter. I'd rather battle an oponent that can outplay me rather than outclass me due to advantages. The combat is good, also animation wise, I personally like to go to war around the time of WW1 or so because strategizing is more advanced because both parties have good units and also the artillery units. If I try to go in a very early war, like I tried with Attila, I got far behind in hapiness. Religion is a big part of the game, it doesn't matter which one you have but the advantages do make the difference. City states don't really decide the game, unless Diplomatic Victory is near, but they are a big boost to your empire. If you have any spare money do spend it on alliances. I like the spying system, stealing technologies and couping/ rigging in city states, but I think it is too much of a factor and it needs to be countered easier so that it is less easy to use them.

In Civilization V you have 5 victories:
- Time victory, the game end at x amount of turns and the player with the most score wins. I dislike this one I always turn it off, it is no real victory to win by score. Score is dependant on how lucky you get in the beginning and your possibilities to expand. Also if you get a religion 1/3ths of your early game score is from your religion.
- Science victory, you construct the apollo program and you construct parts to make a spaceship. This one is the easiest but still a challenge. Getting to the atomic and informatic era first is a challenge on its own, then you need the aluminium and then you need to construct the parts which is the same amount of turns for building wonders. I only pity the fact that you can't really counter it without almost winning yourself. When you take over the capital, spaceships are located in the capital, the spaceship transfers to the second biggest city. So basically you need to wipe a civilization to stop them from winning science, or let their spaceship be in a very bad city.
- Culture victory, you generate tourism thanks to great people and you overtake other people their culture to win. This one is the hardest in my opinion. Literally one necessary wonder that you can't build can stop you from overtaking someone in culture. And when you are playing versus civs who are trying this victory themselfs makes it even harder because with tourism comes culture too.
- Diplomatic victory, you get votes through the world congress when it reaches the United Nations the more city state allies you have how more votes you possess. This one is a good victory to try out, you really need to use your spies to their best to coup every city state, or as much possible, to get votes.
- Domination victory, you take every capital that is in the game. This is my favourite one by far. It sounds simple but it takes a lot of effort. You both need to be strong in culture and science to keep up with your enemies so you can overtake them.

Personally I like the most to play on Prince, see above why, and I like to let the AI take control of the game and then take control of the game myself. Last game I did , I was with Montezuma, I let Rome gather 2/4 capitals and let him build twice the army I had. I still had the science advantage of course and managed Rome to get to declare war on me and I won that war. Then I built up an army myself and took the remaining not Rome capital. Then I was almost in a constant war with Rome with a smaller to equal to bigger army, building up while at war, and I took the 2 capitals Rome had. "Insert clapclap"
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The Maxx
335.4 hrs
Posted: October 21
Initially I was disappointed in this game because when I tried to burn Moscow to the ground it told me I couldn't raze capitals, But then I renamed it Bugs Bunny, and even though Russians make me sad Bugs Bunny makes me happy. So this passes all requirements for my Thumbs Up.
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46.5 hrs
Posted: October 21
One of the few strategy game with an emphase on peace.
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284.3 hrs
Posted: October 21
Best game ever.
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