Sid Meier's Civilization V

Sid Meier's Civilization V

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Espresso Apr 1, 2014 @ 5:07pm
Common Questions for Civilization V
These are the most common questions and answers for Civilization V.

For troubleshooting and support, see the Common Troubleshooting and Support thread.

  • System Requirements
  • General Questions
  • DLC and Expansions
  • Scenarios
  • Multiplayer
  • Mods
  • Linux
  • Other Resources

System Requirements

  • Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 or Windows 8.
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB Recommended).
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2 GHz or better.
  • 8 GB hard drive space.
  • Graphics (one of the following):
    AMD/ATI Radeon HD2600 XT 256 MB or better
    NVIDIA 7900 GS or 256 better.
    Intel Core i3 integrated graphics (DirectX 10 support with i5 and i7 only).
    *The latest drivers may be required to play*
  • The Steam client and a Steam account are required for Civ V.

  • OSX 10.6.4
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB Recommended).
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or better.
  • 8 GB hard drive space.
  • 256 MB Graphics
  • The Steam client and a Steam account are required for Civ V.

Linux (SteamOS):
  • SteamOS
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Intel Core i3, AMD A10 2.4GHz
  • 10 GB hard drive space.
  • 1GB Graphics
  • Radeon HD 6450/Geforce 640M/Intel Iris Pro
  • The Steam client and a Steam account are required for Civ V.

General Questions
*If I buy Complete Edition and already own the game, will I get an extra copy of the game or DLC?
    Adding Complete/Gold/Game of The Year Edition will upgrade your existing version, and will not give you extra copies of the game or any DLC you already own.
*Can I use Steam DLC with a retail copy/can I use a retail Gods and Kings or Brave New World with a Steam copy?
    Retail versions are the same as Steam versions. There's no difference from buying it in a store, or buying it on Steam.

*Is there an upgrade to Complete Edition??
    Buying Complete Edition counts as an upgrade, but there is no separate upgrade option.

*Where do I find the latest patch?
    The game is automatically patched by Steam. You do not have to do anything, and you cannot find the patch anywhere else.

*How many computers can I use Civilizaton V on?
    You can install the game on as many computers are you want, however you can only play on one computer at a time.

*Do I need to buy a separate copy for PC and Mac?
    All Steam-based versions of Civilization V and the expansions (including retail versions) give you access to the PC and Mac version.

*Where is the digital soundtrack?
    If you have Game of the Year or Gold Edition, the soundtrack is located at
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\sid meier's civilization v\Assets\DLC\DLC_Deluxe\Soundtrack\
    The basic version of the game does not include the soundtrack.
    If you have Gods and Kings, the soundtrack is located at
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Sid Meier's Civilization V\assets\DLC\Expansion\Soundtrack\
DLC and Expansions

*What is Gods and Kings?
    Gods and Kings is the first expansion pack for Civilization V. It adds 9 new civilizations, revised combat, religion and espionage, among other changes.
  • Store Page

*What is Brave New World?
    Brave New World is the second expansion pack for Civilization V. It adds 9 new civilizations, revised trade and culture systems, the World Congress, among other changes. It also contains some Gods and Kings features.
  • Store Page

*Do the expansions require DLC or other expansions?
    No. All DLC and expansion packs (including Brave New World) can be used with the base game. No other DLC is required.

*What are the Cradle of Civilization DLCs?
    The Cradle of Civilization DLCs are a series of maps. They do not include new civilizations.

*What are are the Civilization DLCs?
    These DLCs add new playable leaders and Civilizations to the game.
  • Mongolia (Free DLC)
  • Korea
  • Spain and Inca
  • Polynesia
  • Denmark - The Vikings (Note: This is one civilization, not two.)
  • Babylon

*What are the Map Pack DLCs?
    These DLCs add additional maps and map scripts to the game. They do not include new civilizations.
  • Cradle of Civilization: Americas
  • Cradle of Civilization: Asia
  • Cradle of Civilization: Mediterranean
  • Cradle of Civilization: Mesopotamia
  • Explorer's Map Pack
  • Scrambled Continents
  • Scrambed Nations

*What is included in Complete Edition?
    All DLC and expansions, including Brave New World and Gods and Kings

*What is included in Gold Edition?
    Gold Edition is no longer available on Steam. It contains Gods and Kings and all DLC except Brave New World, Scrambled Continent, Scrambled Nations, and Conquest of The New World Deluxe.
  • Store Page

*What is included in Game of The Year Edition?
    Game of The Year is no longer available on Steam. It contains all DLCs except:
  • It does not include Gods and Kings
  • It does not include Brave New World
  • It does not include Korea
  • It does not include Wonders of The Ancient World
  • It does not include Scrambled Continents
  • It does not include Scrambled Nations
  • It does not include Conquest of The New World Deluxe

*How do I use Cradle of Civilization or other map packs?
    The new maps will be available in the game setup. Some maps may be listed under "Additional Maps".

*How do I disable DLC?
    You can temporarily deactivate DLC and expansions in the game's DLC menu.
    Loading a save or scenario that does not use DLC will also temporarily disable it.

*What scenarios are included with Civilization V?
    The original version now includes the Mongolia DLC, which contains the Rise of The Mongols scenario. Many of the DLCs include scenarios. Both expansions also add scenarios.
    Owners of Complete Edition or Brave New World also get the Conquest of the New World Deluxe scenario for free.

*Which DLCs add scenarios?
  • Mongolia - Rise of The Mongols
  • Wonders of The Ancient World - Wonders of The Ancient World
  • Korea - The Samurai Invasion of Korea
  • Spain and Inca - Conquest of The New World
  • Denmark - The Vikings - 1066: Year of Viking Destiny
  • Polynesia - Paradise Found
  • Gods and Kings - Empires of The Smoky Skies, Fall of Rome, Into The Renaissance
  • Brave New World - The American Civil War, Scramble For Africa
  • Conquest of The New World Deluxe (Free DLC, requires Brave New World)

*Finding multiplayer games

*Can I play a PC vs a Mac online?
    The game requires the same version in order to play multiplayer. There is a delay between PC patches and Mac patches, so when the PC version is patched, you cannot immediately play against a Mac. When the Mac version is patched, you can play against them.

*How do I use Pitboss?
    To use Pitboss, set up a new Internet game, and there will be a checkbox in the game settings.

*What is the difference between sequential, simultaneous, and hybrid modes?
    Simultaenous turns let everyone move at the same time. Sequential turns means everyone must wait for the other players to finish their turns before they can play. Hybrid plays as simultaneous unless two players go to war, then it becomes sequential until the war ends.
Mod Questions:
*How do I use mods?
    There is a large modding community for Civ V, and modding is built into the game. Use the Mod menu in the game, or visit Steam Workshop to use mods.The game must be launched from the mod menu for the mods to work. Returning to the main menu after selecting a mod will not activate the mod.

*How do I update mods?
    If you are using Steam Workshop mods, they will automatically update when a new version is available.

*Can I use mods in multiplayer?
    No, mods are only for single player use. You may use custom maps, though.

*Can I use mods on Mac or Linux?
*Will Civ V run on other distros than SteamOS?
    Civ V will run on Ubuntu and potentially other distros, but it is not officially supported at this time.

*Will Civ V support the Steam Controller?

*Will mod support be available on Linux?
    Aspyr staff have stated that mod support has been resolved and will be included in an upcoming patch.
Other Resources:
Last edited by Espresso; Dec 22, 2015 @ 5:03pm
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The [Sic] Orange Apr 2, 2014 @ 8:47am 
Nice little introduction
Dunkacino Apr 2, 2014 @ 4:10pm 
cool,really likeing civilization V
Hobby Boy Apr 3, 2014 @ 2:16am 
When will multiplayer mod support come?
genericusername Apr 11, 2014 @ 3:45am 
good info.
LevesqueGames Apr 12, 2014 @ 9:24am 
Glad I found this
borf Apr 14, 2014 @ 4:54am 
This is really quite helpful for a first time player.
Marcel Davis 1&2 Apr 25, 2014 @ 2:32am 
stackattack53 Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:43pm 
just following the first question: if I already have the game and want to buy the complete edition, will it make me pay for the game part of the complete edition or does it subtract the cost?
Espresso Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:54pm 
Originally posted by stackattack53:
just following the first question: if I already have the game and want to buy the complete edition, will it make me pay for the game part of the complete edition or does it subtract the cost?

No, it will not subtract the cost. Still, the cost of Complete edition is cheaper than the cost of the DLC, so it's possible you might save money with it.
stackattack53 Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:30pm 
thanks for the reply, i just checked and it still is, all the DLC is like $125 combined
Luc J P May 4, 2014 @ 9:27am 
I will repeat myself...again.

Uninstall the previous game(the vanilla-original version I get to presume) and, with a utility software app., make sure it cleans out all registry entries of your previous installation of that, specific, game, of your current-in-use Operating System. Removes all directories and junk files-like left-overs and, then, defragment your HDD(IObit SmartDefrag v.3.x is my recommended app).

Install your new retail or digital copy of Civilization V-Complete Edition. While the installation process happens, it will, probably, ask you, if you want Steam to update your current copy. Then, fully register your copy(probably asked to be done, before the update is done).

Much later on, when you will update-upgrade(change for a newer one) your PC, all you will have to do is: Download and install the Steam Client and let it update itself and, then, go to the Civilization game page(hub) and click onto the Play button to automatically redownload and auto. install the newest copy of the online available digital copy of that, specific game.

Hope that answers this very common question. And, there are no shortcuts at doing so, either.
Espresso May 4, 2014 @ 11:07am 
Couple things on that:

1. Whether or not a "utility software app" is used, manually removing the remaining game files after uninstall is the only sure way to make sure there won't be corruption or conflicts. I have yet to see troubleshooting issues with this game related to corrupted registry entries, although I am not saying it can't happen.

2. When you say remove all directories, it's important to explain that there are two directories to remove. One is in the SteamApps\Common Folder and one is in Documents\My Games. Removing game files while keeping corrupt settings and cache files won't fix a thing.

3. Defragmenting will do nothing to fix errors in the game. It is possible it will boost performance, that's it.

4. Steam will not ask you to update. It will do that automatically. If you are installing through Steam, there will be no update at all, as it will download the current version.

5. Only a retail copy will ask you to register, before it begins to install. This is a one-time activation of the game key to a Steam account. Once the key is activated, future installs through Steam won't need to register.

6. If this is about upgrading from a previous version to complete, these steps are unnecessary. Simply registering the new key in the Steam client will cause the DLC to automatically download, no reinstallation required.
Luc J P May 4, 2014 @ 1:09pm 
@Ragan: For me a DLC is an Add-On Pack to the game. Therefore, you should know, already, by now, that Civ. V- Complete has all of these DLCs already included in that compounded Edition. I had no DLCs to install nor, were downloaded and auto. installed by Steam. The current version of Civ. V is called: Civilization V: Brave New World. The rest are Mods to download and auto. install and, activate or deactivate the DLCs at your own leisure.

And, I meant that, in the near or distant future, the need to replace his/her PC system will become a necessity. Now, the game is no longer installed. Years have passed and, all you need to do is Dowload/install the Steam Client and then, re-install the digital edition of the game by clicking on the Play button. For first timers, that Play button is not there. And, the Steam Client's database has no idea of the game being owned + existing in the person's belongings.

The O.S. of Windows, no matter its version or edition name, has this nagging habit of recalling the existance of previously existing data on the HDD's clusters of the current partition. The defragmentation and optimization of it is now, an obligation. Rewriting current and pertinent data files into these previously used clusters will, ultimately eradicate, these deleted/erased files. That is also, the reason why, a different partition, called D:\ is generally used for backups and recovery images of both Windows files and its dated configurations.

Just for your own studies, you can copy this post and paste it in your favorite word processing app. for saving + printing it whenever you feel like it.
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