Galactic Civilizations III

Rating Summary

Based on 19 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

89%

Critics Recommend

Based on 19 critic reviews
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Leif Johnson

Top Critic

8.6 / 10.0
May 14, 2015

Galactic Civilizations 3 doesn't re-invent the wheel, but it delivers a top-notch, highly customizable 4X experience.

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Recommended
May 25, 2015

Other minor issues aside, such as a need to develop the game's rather basic fleet management UI and a somewhat crippling arbitrary penalty that makes large-scale empire administration more of a chore than it should be, the game is well deserving of the GalCiv name and offers enough in the way of traditional features and modern scalability to secure the series' place at the very top of the 4X tech tree - if not for the five years that Stardock intend to adapt and add to the game, then at least until the next 4X game comes along in a few days time.

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87 / 100
May 21, 2015

More of a refresh than expected, but still hands down the best modern way to conquer unknown space.

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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
May 17, 2015

Only a minor improvement on the last game, but still a hugely accomplished space strategy game – with an almost infinite range of customisation options.

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8.8 / 10.0
May 15, 2015

Different races, ship customization, and disparate methods of victory and progression make your choices meaningful, leading to an essential experience for strategy-game enthusiasts

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8 / 10
May 13, 2015

The Galactic Civilizations series has returned with more ships, bigger maps, and new ways to explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate.

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May 28, 2015

Galactic Civilizations III is a great rebuild of a great series. The game is much bigger, multiplayer is here to stay, and the ship designer will keep some players occupied for hours. Is it missing a few features from previous entries? Sure, but GalCiv III is still worth your time and money.

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8 / 10
May 27, 2015

Given how complex GalCiv3's overlapping systems are, getting good at the game can become quite a daunting task, but it's worth it. Few games offer the same sense of flexibility and depth that this game has.

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Unscored
May 14, 2015

Despite my uncertainty about some of the specifics, it's a game that has me firmly in its clutches and I'm happy to be there. Maybe it's a hug rather than a clutch.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2015

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.

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