Galactic Civilizations III

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. The action takes place several years after the events presented in the expansion to the game’s predecessor. Thanks to this, we can make use of all the previously featured races, factions, and technologies. The gameplay mechanics follow the rules of 4X strategy games, and the fun revolves around developing all aspects of your galactic empire. Depending on the player’s preferences, we can base our power on trade and diplomacy or aggressive military conquest. Apart from significant visual improvements, the developers also completely revamped the ship design system and options connected to management and diplomacy. The game’s map is divided into hexes which allows us to apply completely different strategies. For the first time in the history of the series, the title features a full-fledged multiplayer mode.

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PC / Windows
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Galactic Civilizations III

Galactic Civilizations III | PC

Galactic Civilizations III release date for PC:

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14 May 2015 | Worldwide

14 May 2015 | Europe

14 May 2015 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet
Expectations: 9.4 / 10 calculated out of 71 players' votes.  

Galactic Civilizations III is the third installment of the space 4X strategy game series for PC / Windows. 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 / Windows 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.

Age Rating

age requirements: everyone

System requirements

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

Galactic Civilizations III launch trailer

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Zwiastun na premierê gry Galactic Civilizations III od studia Stardock Systems Inc.

Galactic Civilizations III with improved AI thanks to the latest update

News 02 November 2015 14:36

Patch 1.4 enriched Galactic Civilizations III with new, enhanced AI. This makes in-game opponents more challenging, at the same time improving auto-management.