Galactic Civilizations III

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Galactic Civilizations III
Galactic civilizations 3 cover art.jpg
Developer(s) Stardock
Publisher(s) Stardock
Designer(s) Paul Boyer
Composer(s) Geoff Knorr
Mason Fisher
Michael Curran
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) May 14, 2015[1]
Genre(s) 4X, turn-based strategy
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Galactic Civilizations III is a 4X turn-based strategy video game developed by Stardock for Microsoft Windows. It is the sequel to 2006's Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords.

In October 2013, Stardock announced that the third installment in the Galactic Civilizations series was in production. A pre-release version was made available through Steam in March 2014,[2] which allowed customers to play the game while it is still in development. It was the first game in the series to feature multiplayer and hex-based game tiles.[3] The full version of the game was released in May 2015.[1] The game's first expansion, titled Mercenaries, was released in February 2016.[4]


Ten years after the war against the Dread Lords, the Drengin Empire and their Yor allies reign supreme.[5] Most of the races which allied against the Dread Lords have been exterminated or subjugated. Earth lies protected, yet isolated, behind its Precursor shield. In 2242, the Terran First Fleet returns from the pocket universe with advanced technology and a mission to liberate Earth. The three missions of the campaign detail the fleet's efforts to liberate Arcea, deal with the Thalan, and finally dismantle the Drengin presence in the Sol system before bringing down the Precursor shield. The lifting of the shield allows the massively rebuilt Terran Alliance fleet into the galaxy, thus beginning the "Terran Crusade" the Thalan had previously warned about.[6]


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 85.65%[7]
Metacritic 85[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 8/10[9]
IGN 8.6/10[10]
PC Gamer (US) 87 out of 100[11]

Galactic Civilizations III received generally positive reviews from critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the game 85.65% and 85/100.[7][8] Richard Cobbet for PC Gamer said that the game was "easily the best recent 4X of this scale".[11]


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