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Galactic Civilizations III PC

The third installment in the popular space 4X strategy game series which is the flagship franchise of Stardock Systems, previously known mainly for developing utility software.

Strategy | turn-based | 4 x | sandbox | Space | grand strategy

Galactic Civilizations III Release Date PC




developer: Stardock Corporation publisher: Stardock Corporation Official website

English language game language: English

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Galactic Civilizations III is the third installment of the space 4X strategy game series for PC. It was developed by Stardock Systems. The series was born in 2003 with the release of a remake of a game of the same title that came out in the mid-90s for Mac computers. Both productions received a number of expansions and were well-received by fans of the genre.


The action takes place several years after those presented in Galactic Civilization II’s expansion entitled Twilight of the Arnor. Thanks to this, the developers could introduce completely new races, factions, and technologies. As for the gameplay mechanics, it is still an expansive turn-based space strategy game that allows us to forge a galactic empire from the bottom up. Depending on our playstyle, this can be done by aggressive conquest or diplomacy and trade. The most important change in comparison with the game’s predecessors is dividing maps into hexes which lets us apply completely different strategies. The gameplay’s tempo Is also influenced by black holes and mysterious relicts that are scattered around the map. The spaceship design system was completely revamped. The players now can make all decisions connected to constructing fleets. The same goes for managing resources and diplomacy.

Game modes

The long-time fans of the series will surely enjoy the extensive and fully functional multiplayer mode.

Technical aspects

Galactic Civilizations III for PC was developed solely with 64-bit operating systems in mind. It opened previously unavailable possibilities for the developers, letting them build bigger maps and increase the graphics which now are full of details and special effects.

Last updated on 16 February 2024

Game mode: single / multiplayer   Multiplayer mode: Internet  

User score: 7.8 / 10 based on 117 votes.

Pre-release expectations: 9.4 / 10 based on 71 votes.

Age restrictions Galactic Civilizations III: Good for all ages.

Galactic Civilizations III System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • 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
  • 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
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