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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: 23 out of 62
  2. Negative: 17 out of 62
  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. Sep 3, 2021
    10
    A TRUE MASTERPIECE BUT FALL SHORT TO BE A LEGENDARY.

    This is a great game, not good; great, the tech tree has so much love just as the
    A TRUE MASTERPIECE BUT FALL SHORT TO BE A LEGENDARY.

    This is a great game, not good; great, the tech tree has so much love just as the races and their playstyles and personalities, it has the best diplomacy system i ever seen. The AI in general is super responsive to your movements. And balancing economy, military and research can be a real challenge. Ideologies are also fun and ads to the game balancing between been consistent and do what its best.

    2 things stops this one from complete greatness. First the campaing its crap. Its crap because its too small scale and short to reflect the needs of a game made for civs developing over time on big maps.
    The second it has a meta. One power Ancient its totally broke OP, beats all other by far also missiles with miniaturization beats absolutely anything, just stack power, speed and other mod on small hull to total supremacy. I beat on gifted by research without barely even making contact with other civs. investigated entire tech lines on one turn.
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  3. May 16, 2015
    9
    Don't fix what is not broken. Guys from stardock kept that in mind and gave us remake of old hit, upgraded in a good way. If you playedDon't fix what is not broken. Guys from stardock kept that in mind and gave us remake of old hit, upgraded in a good way. If you played previous galactic civilization (and if you didn't, you should have cause it's legendary game) you will be right at home here, but you will see little improvements almost in every aspect of the game. Of course there are some technical issues still, unfortunately I don't expect the games of today to come out as 100% finished product. But these are minor things like loading saved game for 1-2 mins on high end rig. What is important is that this game is still fun to play, the "one more turn" syndrome is back and I like it :) Expand
  4. Aug 27, 2017
    6
    The game delivers everything it promised. The only objection I have with this game is that it can get a little boring as time progresses.The game delivers everything it promised. The only objection I have with this game is that it can get a little boring as time progresses. Although I am not much of a civilization strategic type of gamer, I have played other games like Civilization Revolution, Tropico, and Age Of Empires and I found those to be more interesting then Gciv3. I did appreciate the high end graphics and I taught the mechanics were just fine. I also felt that the enemies were either too easy to defeat or to hard to oppose.
    Good Luck and Merry Ruling!!!!
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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. May 19, 2015
    4
    It's the same old game with nearly no innovation. New engine, new emmmm, i really can't find anything.
    Game feels like GC2, plays like it,
    It's the same old game with nearly no innovation. New engine, new emmmm, i really can't find anything.
    Game feels like GC2, plays like it, music and sounds are the same, same factions, etc.
    Not to mention that the engine is not optimized, it slows down on zoom in zoom out on the main map and the game uses nearly 5+GB Ram and all 4 CPU cores. And even then the game looks like crap.
    Oh and space battles, simply - same old crap.
    I feel sorry for people who bought this game. I certainly will not.
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  7. Apr 7, 2020
    0
    This is not a game, it is an excuse to sell you DLC. (if you need evidence of this, the base game is given away for nearly free in bundles andThis is not a game, it is an excuse to sell you DLC. (if you need evidence of this, the base game is given away for nearly free in bundles and has nearly $120 in DLC). A disgusting example of how game development these days is just getting a game that would have been sold for normal price years ago and hacking it into pieces to sell you one tiny part at a time for like $19 a pop. The developers should be absolutely ashamed of themselves and lose the right to ever work in the industry again. Expand

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