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  • Summary: Galactic Civilizations III challenges players to assemble an empire that dominates the galaxy through conquest, diplomacy, cultural hegemony, or scientific research.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. May 16, 2015
    90
    Like its predecessors, it brings something unique to the 4X table that goes beyond the sum of its parts.
  2. May 14, 2015
    90
    Galactic Civilizations III is a great game, containing a mix of familiar mechanics and new ideas that can keep both fans and newcomers occupied for a frighteningly long period of time...The best thing about the new Stardock-created turn-based experience is that it is so customizable, and the experience of playing in the resulting galaxies creates stories that are consistently fun and filled with surprises.
  3. Apr 29, 2016
    87
    Galactic Civilizations III is a great 4X space strategy game, one that will keep you pushing for one more turn late into the night. If you’re looking for a terrific multiplayer experience, GalCiv III won’t scratch that itch, and some parts of its core pacing stumble. But the combination of depth, ease of gameplay, and a sometimes-funny, snarky aesthetic, make GalCiv III a delight to play.
  4. May 17, 2015
    80
    Only a minor improvement on the last game, but still a hugely accomplished space strategy game – with an almost infinite range of customisation options.
  5. Aug 23, 2015
    80
    GalCiv3 is a brilliant game that delivers seamless graphics with a tremendous engine that delivers as small or as large an empire-experience as you could possibly hope for. While some were nervous after Stardock stumbled with the poorly-received Elemental, they have used the time to take a running start and put themselves back in the pack, though one wishes that they included a bit more hand-holding.
  6. Jun 4, 2015
    80
    A good game marred by bugs and lack of documentation. Once it is fixed it should be back on top but it does not justify a higher score.
  7. CD-Action
    Jul 27, 2015
    60
    Galactic Civilizations III lacks the magic of its outstanding predecessor. The developers promise that it’s just a beginning, that new content is on the way, but right now you’ll be better off playing Sid Meier’s Starships. [08/2015, p.77]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 57
  2. Negative: 16 out of 57
  1. May 15, 2015
    10
    Now I've been following this game since alpha as a supporter. I've watched it flow and ebb and finally morph into a BEAUTIFUL final product.Now I've been following this game since alpha as a supporter. I've watched it flow and ebb and finally morph into a BEAUTIFUL final product. Here's why:

    The Dev's have been nothing but accommodating for us. Listening and taking our idea's from the forums to the project lists. This made us supporters feel like part of a family and i personally know i assisted in the making of this game.

    The cinematic of battle mode make me have a "Nerd-gasm" every.single.time. Its fabulous and it has come a long way from its initial stages.

    The strategy itself is direct and time consuming. Something more 4x games need today. To wake up in the morning with your coffee and slug away on your immense universe. Struggling to keep your economy going in the midst of a global depression.

    The AI are SMART and **** Ive died multiple times from there cunning attacks and alliances against little old me. For anyone saying the AI is not well done. Take a step back and please, Please go look at other AI dependent games. You will see the beauty of Gal Civ 3.

    All in all? I love this game. I would recommend it to ANY of my friends. 4x fans or not.

    This is the strategy game of the year.
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  2. May 12, 2018
    10
    Großartiges Spiel - empfehle aber, den Expansion Pack Crusade zu kaufen. Intrigue ist nicht nötig.
  3. May 25, 2015
    9
    Stardock, you just gotta' love em' eh? You buy one of their desktop tarting suites and the license only lasts a year and then you have to buyStardock, you just gotta' love em' eh? You buy one of their desktop tarting suites and the license only lasts a year and then you have to buy it all over again...pretty crap service if you ask me. What can I say about Galactic Civilizations 3? Well, maybe, just a very slim outside chance, you might probably maybe prefer playing Serious Sam 3...head over to Steam and treat yourself! Expand
  4. May 24, 2015
    6
    This review and rating is based on version 1.0 of the game. I do somehow expect things to improve.

    First thing to notice is how hardware
    This review and rating is based on version 1.0 of the game. I do somehow expect things to improve.

    First thing to notice is how hardware hungry that game is ... and continously becomes more hungry over time as the game session draws longer. Visually it is a step upwards with much greater visual detail and diversity (at the aforementioned price of draining the hardware and occasionally freezing for short to medium periods of time)

    Is it better than Gal Civ II? - yes... but it is not a quantum leap forward.

    - Planetary management is still not really a great challenge
    - Diplomacy and AI is a significant improvement (but i reckon that this is very subjective and also depends on the game session and situation that the AI can act in)
    - Ship design ... well... i don t like it. Shape and add ons again have no meaning but being purely cosmetical - all in all... i prefer Sword of the Stars in terms of customization
    - grand strategy is good - but has been well done in Gal Civ II already

    I was not able to conduct more testing because the game simply failed after some time - failed meaning.... zooming out and in caused seconds long freezes, turns took loooooong - and the game simply became a HUGE resource hog up to a point where playing it was no fun anymore.

    better optimized and expanded - this game has huge potential - its just no real fun in its current state ( on a mid end computer that is )
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  5. Mar 17, 2016
    5
    A year on,any major updates/improvements? no. Still badly balanced. The interface is an improvement over Galciv 2, especially theA year on,any major updates/improvements? no. Still badly balanced. The interface is an improvement over Galciv 2, especially the research/tech tree. But still just more of the same. Either you overwhelm the AI or it overwhelms you. I've played civ games at immortal level, usually emperor, and total war on highest settings, so have a reasonable idea as a 'normal' player. Just glad a friend swapped me a copy.
    Give it a try but find a friend who has it and try and borrow their copy before spending money.
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  6. Oct 2, 2015
    4
    Just another game that was stripped of elements to package and sell separately as DLC, while trying to convince you that it is an upgrade ofJust another game that was stripped of elements to package and sell separately as DLC, while trying to convince you that it is an upgrade of the previous installment. The scary thing is they still have a lot to do, and by the time they are done the total cost could be triple at their current prices. I strongly suggest waiting for a complete version in a few years, and do not get scammed with another DLC-shuffle.

    There is also the issue with the AI cheating to keep up with the player. Stardock claims there is no atrifical bonuses being handed out as many poorly designed 4X games rely on (usually a categorical production bonus as the player gets more powerful). Instead Stardock allows the AI to trade tech for free between themselves, as they did back in Gal Civ 2. Which is why when tech brokering was turned off in #2 the AI was such a cakewalk. Any player would jump at the chance to get free tech, especially since some of those give gloabal bonuses (e.g. +1 Speed to all ships). So not only do they get bonuses, but they are far more excessive than mere production (they get those too). This is to cover-up the continuing lack of actual intelligence in their system.
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  7. Sep 27, 2015
    0
    Doesn't support steamos despite being a recent game. That alone means I won't buy it.

    It's basically just a retread of Galciv II with
    Doesn't support steamos despite being a recent game. That alone means I won't buy it.

    It's basically just a retread of Galciv II with better graphics -- no bad thing, but certainly not compelling enough to buy a game that won't play on a steam machine.
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