developer: Stardock Corporation
publisher: Stardock Corporation
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet
game language: English
game release date for PC:
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 IIís 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 gameís predecessors is dividing maps into hexes which lets us apply completely different strategies. The gameplayís 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.
The long-time fans of the series will surely enjoy the extensive and fully functional multiplayer mode.
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.
Game score 8.0 / 10 calculated out of 100 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 9.4 / 10 calculated out of 71 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