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Galactic Civilizations III v2.0 Review


Graphics and Performance:

This is going to be a short section because GalCiv 3 is not a graphically intense game. It looks quite good, but it is not going to make much hardware struggle. To test this, I decided to install it on my laptop, a Lenovo Ultrabook powered by an Intel i5-4200U CPU, paired with 4 GB of RAM. This actually does meet the minimum specifications, but because of the 4 GB restriction I am not able to play on the largest map sizes (Tiny, Small, Medium, Large, Huge, and Gigantic are accessible while Immense, Excessive, and Insane require 5.8 GB minimum). The settings are turned down to Low (the options are Low, High, and Custom, with three toggles and anti-aliasing being the only options under Custom) and at the screen's native 3200x1800 resolution, the game only runs at about 10 FPS, but it is actually still somewhat smooth. That is one benefit to being a turn-based game. Of course my desktop plays the game far better, and it is where I have mostly played, but I wanted to see if my laptop could handle it.

The visuals of the graphics are actually quite good. I would say better than they need to be for a turn-based strategy game, but with the good performance I have been experiencing, there is cause for praise here, not criticism.

I should admit that the game has crashed on me multiple times, but I do not know why. It is not too common, so I am not worried about it, and I have it set to autosave every two turns, so little, if anything, is ever lost.

The simplest way I can think to put it is the game looks better than I think is needed for a modern 4X game, which is hardly a bad thing. It also runs pretty well, and while you will probably want to play it on a better machine than my laptop, the fact that such a wide variety of hardware can play it is a good thing.





  1. Galactic Civilizations III v2.0 Review - Introduction
  2. Galactic Civilizations III v2.0 Review - Graphics and Performance
  3. Galactic Civilizations III v2.0 Review - Planets, Technology, and Governance
  4. Galactic Civilizations III v2.0 Review - Influencee, Diplomacy, and War
  5. Galactic Civilizations III v2.0 Review - Additional Screenshots
  6. Galactic Civilizations III v2.0 Review - Conclusion
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