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Galactic Civilizations III





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Galactic Civilizations III





What if one day, humans woke up to find that they weren’t alone in the galaxy? They make their way into space and discover other alien civilizations with their own histories and motivations looking to make a name for themselves.

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What if one day, humans woke up to find that they weren’t alone in the galaxy? They make their way into space and discover other alien civilizations with their own histories and motivations looking to make a name for themselves. Choose your race - Human, Drengin, Altarian, and so many more - and lead your civilization into a golden age in one of the largest 4X strategy games ever made!

Research new technology, design starships, and colonize new worlds as you face threats and conquer challenges from new and mysterious sources. Negotiate trade and treaties, wage wars, spy on your enemies, and promote outstanding citizens. And when you've finished that, play again as one of the many included alien civilizations each with its own history, technology tree, ship components, and more.

Galactic Civilizations III now bundles in the Crusade expansion and Mega Events add-on content for an even greater gameplay experience! Join the ranks of galactic leaders today, and answer the question: how will you rule your galaxy?


Each new game offers an array of options as you set it up - choose your map size, abundance of planets and resources, frequency of events, and more for a unique play experience every time. Galactic Civilizations III also removes linear victory conditions and offers you multiple objectives that you can choose to pursue in order to win, such as military conquest, cultural domination, technological ascension, or political alliances. The new multiplayer capabilities also allow you to expand your challenges and fights beyond an AI in order to face off against fellow players. All of this, topped with a rich and in-depth custom ship designer ensure an immersive and exciting experience as you decide how to rule your galaxy.



The ultimate sandbox experience: Each game has a unique map, worlds, and challenges to face – all on a massive scale. Play against 16 to 100 opponents.
Multiple paths to victory: Win through military conquest, cultural domination, technological ascension, or political alliance.

  • Create your own history: Each sandbox game lets you create a new future history for your civilization.
  • Story-based campaign: Learn the ancient histories of the alien civilizations and one possible future for the human race.
  • Massive technology tree: Research a technology tree with immense breadth and depth. Each playable faction has their own unique specializations. Your choice determines how you play and win.
  • Faction & Ship Customization: Create a civilization with its own look, ships, technologies, and even options for how the AI will use them.
  • Multiplayer: Play online with friends with full support for custom civilizations, saved multiplayer games, and much more.
  • A deep economy: Every world is unique with many different resources that can change the course of your strategy each game.
  • Planetary Governors: Utilize individual planetary leaders to govern your worlds, deciding what improvements to build and when, which leaves you to focus on larger strategic goals.


  • Civilization Builder: Create a custom faction complete with leader, ideology, and abilities. Customize your own galactic navy and create unique dialogue for your faction.
  • Invasions: Train your citizens to be soldiers and invade enemy worlds. Carefully plan your attacks, and don’t forget to leave your homeworld defended, too!
  • Espionage: Spies can steal technologies, circulate rumors to create civil unrest, sabotage enemy worlds, or even go so far as to assassinate enemy citizens.
  • Galactic Citizens: Shape the course of your civilization’s destiny with talented individuals called citizens. Choose from over a dozen unique roles - commander, engineer, farmer, celebrity, and more.


  • Complex Decisions: Use skill and strategy to overcome unexpected challenges
  • Galaxy-wide Events: Deal with issues on a galactic scale 
  • Guide your Civilization: Comfort your people through assassinations of beloved leaders, choose how to handle the discovery of a mysterious alien artifact, face down the Dread Lords, and more.

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Stardock Entertainment
Stardock Entertainment
Stardock Entertainment
Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Minimum Requirements
  • Operating system: 64-bit Windows 8.1 / 8 / 7
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo / AMD K10 Dual-Core
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Hard disk space: 12 GB
  • Video: 512 MB DirectX 10.1 Video Card (AMD Radeon HD5x00 Series / Nvidia GeForce 500 Series / - Intel HD 4000 or later)
  • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
  • DirectX®: 10.1
Recommended Requirements
  • Operating system: 64-bit Windows 8.1 / 8 / 7
  • Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor or Equivalent
  • Memory: 6 GB
  • Hard disk space: 15 GB
  • Video: 1 GB DirectX 10.1 Video Card
  • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
  • DirectX®: 10.1

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is a good acquisition


I've been playing since the first alphas, I've been watching the development of the game little by little. It was a risk to acquire the game in such an early period, but after playing 2, he sensed that a good product would come out. And that is my opinion. The GC3, for me is a good acquisition, despite it still has some other failure, some crash. With time and new dlcs I think it will end up being one of the best X4, as it was the 2.

4X greatness


To truly enjoy Galactic Civilizations III you must love 4X. Without love for it, it's really a gamble and hard to tell if anybody else will enjoy this kind of game. But anyway, this game is far more advanced than previous Galactic Civilizations games. With very interesting campaign, great climate of cosmos, amazing soundtrack, HUGE maps and the number of civilizations you can have in one game... it's simply amazing. There is one more thing that was missing in older Galactic Civilization games but was made in number 3 and it's... yes, MULTIPLAYER. The price for now it's rather huge, so I think it's a buy for now only for huge 4X or Galactiv Civilization fans. If there will be some discounts and you are curious about it- why not. The amount of time you will spend in this one will be sure huge, so you don't have to worry about it. Keep in mind also system requirements since it can cause a little lag even on powerful PCs.

Game needs work, check back if you loved Gal Civ 1 or 2


The Gal Civ games really are a staple in my library, so I was beyond excited to play 3 when it came out. Sadly, it just isn't a polished game, and I can't recommend it as an introduction to the series. Until this gets an update, the older games will continue to be more worth playing.

A mix of missing features and nice ideas


To me, this seems to a simple weird mix of nice and some missing features. Sounds pretty funny, but it's reality. There have been announced (and released) some promising patches which I hope will make this a good game. Sadly, at the moment of talk, this is not a fun game nor would I spend any more time on playing this. I've seen somewhere a guy described this as a "sell now, fix later" mindset and I have to fully agree with him. This is just (for now) a fun idea which is not realized the way it shall have been.

Did you Enjoy I or II


You WILL love this game. It's upgraded, better engine, and the new strategies in the game is a game changer. Keep in mind that this game is currently being updated so it is not in it's final form. Look past the kinks in the game because it is mostly due to it not being 100% finished or updated. It's a great game with more promise on the way. Pick it up for those who want to jump right in and dont want to wait for a sale.

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