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Release Date: Aug 11, 2011

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The Korea Civilization and Scenario Pack brings you both the Korea Civilization and the new Scenario: The Samurai Invasion of Korea, to further enhance your Civilization V experience. Rule the world as Sejong, King of the Choson Dynasty, with your invincible Turtle Ships and Hwach’a artillery!

Scenario Description:

The great warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi has unified Japan. To keep his Samurai busy, his eye now turns west to Korea. Will he be able to expand his empire? Or will Korea's Chinese allies arrive in time? Play as one of four Civilizations: Korea, China, Manchuria, or Japan.

Sejong the Great (1397-1450 AD)

The fourth king of the Choson Dynasty of Korea, and considered by many to be the greatest king in Korean history. His reign was marked by his deep care for his people’s welfare and his encouragement of sciences and technology. He is credited with the creation of the Korean written language.

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
    • 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
    • OS: 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core) CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB free disk space
    • Video Card: (ATI): Radeon HD 2600; (NVidia): GeForce 8600
    • Video RAM: 256 MB
    • Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 8600, 8800, 9600, GT 120, 320M; ATI Radeon HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6490, and HD 6750.
    • Multiplayer: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported
    • NOTICE: Apple Intel Chipsets only. Power PC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported.
    • NOTICE: Intel(r) integrated video chipsets are not supported.
    • 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
    • NOTICE: Internet Connection and acceptance of Steam™ Subscriber Agreement required for activation. See for details
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core
    • Memory: 4GB
    • CPU Speed: 2.6 GHz
    • Video RAM: 512MB
    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![/list]
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49 of 50 people (98%) found this review helpful
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Posted: February 23, 2015
Civilization V DLC - Korean Civilization & Scenario

This is the highly powerful science turtle civ, apart from that other one.

Korea is one of the most powerful civilizations available, almost nigh-on overpowered in fact. It focuses on science generation, as you can see by Korea's unique abilities:

* +2 Science for all specialists and Great Person tile improvements
* Receive a tech boost each time a scientific building/Wonder is built in the Korean capital

It's quite fun to blow past everyone else's tech, have WWII submarines in the 1840s and maintain what is pretty much the world's best army, especially if it's not the largest. As such, it's best suited for building tall - having a small number of densely populated cities. The Turtle Boat and Hwach'a unique units help you with this, being powerful units meant for defensive purposes.

Korea's AI is supposedly peaceful and tolerant, with a focus on science and building tall. They're not guaranteed to stick to that, though. First game I saw them in, they didn't like me much and tried to forward settle, probably because I was the only other civ in the game that could compete with them in science. (They were summarily conquered by Carthage.)

Speaking of Babylon, they're the other powerful DLC science civ. They're more technical to play, but have a greater early science advantage - and early advantages can be very useful, even if Korea has slightly more overall science potential throughout the game. The purchase value of the Babylon DLC isn't quite as good since you only get the one civ, but if you want more science and potentially more interesting science, you'd do well to try them as well.

The included scenario, 'Samurai Invasion of Korea', is interesting: it has you tasked with orchestrating, repelling or taking advantage of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's invasion of Korea in the late 16th century. The fact that Civ has rarely touched on this part of history and the interesting dynamics in the scenario help to make up for the fact that it uses the old 10 HP combat system & unbalanced policies, and the fact that China in the scenario is massively overpowered. There's a bug that removes Japanese unhappiness from conquered Korean cities for the first session, which means if you want to use them to win on Deity or something like that you pretty much need to marathon the whole thing.

Overall, if you want science, I'd recommend this.
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
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Posted: November 13, 2015
-Quick Review-
Annyeonghaseyo (안녕하세요), The Civilization V ・Civilization and Scenario Pack: Korea will add the Korean Civilization and the scenario 鉄amurai Invasion of Korea.

-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: When you play the scenario “Samurai Invasion of Korea” you will choose between the factions: Japan, Korea, China, or Manchuia. The scenario was based off Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Japanese Invasion of Korean from 1592 to 1597.
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Gameplay: Korea is an outstanding turtle-scientific-nation, they're so great at it one their special units is called a “Turtle Ship”. My terrible puns aside, Korea gains +2 science for all specialists and great person tile improvements. They additionally receive a tech boost each time a scientific build or wonder is built in the Korean capital. The Korean special units are the Hwach'a (which replaces the Trebuchet), and the Turtle Ship (which replaces the Caravel).

I have actually been on the receiving side of the outstanding Korean scientific advancements... My brother favors playing as the Koreans (mostly because it compliments his turtle-defensive-peace-loving-style... he's such a nicer guy then me.), and if I let him sit over in the corner by himself he will be launching space ships while the rest of us are throwing rocks at each other. (soooo... naturally I invade when my navy rivals the British Royal Navy... coincidentally I was actually playing as England, in this specific story. His island was no mach for my perpetual Ship of the line and Longbowman bombardment x20.)

Achievements: There are four achievements relevant to the “Samurai Invasion of Korea” Scenario: Win as China, win as Japan, Win as Korea, and lastly... lose as Korea which is humorously titled “Taekwon-DOH!” (One of my favorite Civ achievement titles. I actually practice TaeKwonDo, so that's part of it.)

Price: Civilization V – Civilization and Scenario Pack: Korea is priced at $4.99, Civilization V: Korea and Wonders of the Ancient World – Combo Pack is priced at $7.49, last the best deal for the most DLC is the Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete Edition for $49.99.

Conclusion: I've played as the Korean civilization before, while definitely strong and effective, I've always been partial to total conquest victories (mostly because it's faster paced, more engaging, and I get to slap that smug expression off all the other NPC's faces) I definitely recommend this DLC for anyone playing Civilization V.

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Edit/Update November 15, 2015:
Spell/Grammar Check, Thank you Angfucious.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Posted: October 19, 2014
Great Science Civ, a little overpowered, but be werry of your nearby competition. More than once have I been leading the pack in technology and been overwhelmed by a sheer volume of enemy units. However if you play more carefully, with a fair sized technologically advanced army, you will win every time.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
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Posted: May 14
Want to be a cheating ♥♥♥♥? Get this then. Korea defines OP.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Posted: August 7
North Korea = best Korea
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Posted: December 17, 2014
This has been a great civilization. I can say that I have never gotten a chance to play as it because asshats friends never brought this DLC, though.

Can't win 'em all, eh mate?
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Posted: December 22, 2015
but still no kim jong un
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25 of 50 people (50%) found this review helpful
63 people found this review funny
Posted: August 29, 2015
0/10 no kim-jong to be found
not enough nukes
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9 of 19 people (47%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: October 7, 2014
I enjoyed it
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Posted: July 3
Play as Kim Jong-un and Make Korea Great Again!

(Note: You can't actually play as Kim Jong-un)

Get it if you're a science kind of guy.
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Posted: October 16
This civ is a good
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Posted: September 30
Product received for free
ga yeop go ttak han ja ro da. ije i nara e mak gang han gua hak reuk e jit balb hi go mal gut i gua nul...
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Posted: September 27
Sejong the Science Guy
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Posted: July 23
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Posted: July 2
North Korea will crush you all, mwuahahahahaaa.
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Posted: June 5
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Winston Churchill
Posted: May 11
-1 Lack of Kim Jong Un
+1 Can rename all cities to superior North Korean city names.
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