developer: Stardock Corporation
publisher: Stardock Corporation
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade for PC is an expansion to the 2015’s 4X stragegy Galactic Civilizations III. It was developed by Stardock – the creators of the Galactic Civilizations series and games like Elemental: Fallen Enchantress and Sorcerer Kings: Rivals. The core game is required to play Crusade.
The expansion introduces a new campaign to the game, the titular Crusade. The human empire finally lost its patience. With diplomatic relations leading to constant standstill, humans decide to fight for their place in the Galaxy. Their first step is going to be the annihilation of the Drengin civilization, and every other race that will stand in their way. To achieve that goal, human empire will use their advanced army, spies, and a mysterious artifact found in another dimension.
Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade for PC introduces three new playable factions: Terran Resistance from Earth, the Onyx Hive that dwells in the asteroids, and the Slyne – arrogant and highly advanced cybernetic amoebas.
Now, players can also create their own civilizations, including its leader, ideology, and abilities. We can also create our civilization’s space ships and write its history and dialogue lines. We can do all of that with the help of a thing called the Civilization Builder, i.e. a special tool integrated with Steam Workshop, which allows us to share our creations with the game’s community.
Galactic Civilizations II: Crusade for PC also introduces the citizens system. It allows us to create characters with specific functions (like admiral, engieneer, celebrity or pioneer) so they can aid our civilization’s development. Crusade also introduces the espionage mechanics. Our secret agents can steal alien technologies, spread rumors to create social turmoil, sabotage our opponents, and even murder our opponent’s citizens.
The rather simplified Invasion system from the base game was replaced with a new, more complex one. Now we have to train our soldiers and manually control our invasions. We also use this mechanics to defend our worlds from opposing factions.
Galactic Civilizations II: Crusade also introduces some lesser changes and upgrades. There are more mercenaries to hire, we can create space stations by ourselves, and there are more various random encounters in the game. The interface and the technology tree were also overhauled.
Expectations: 10 / 10 calculated out of 3 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i5 3.0 GHz, 6 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 560 or better, 15 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/8.1 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz/AMD Phenom X4 1.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB Intel HD 4000 or better, 12 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/8.1 64-bit