Civilization V

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Sid Meier's Civilization V
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Developers
Publishers
Engines
 
Release dates
Windows
September 21, 2010
OS X
November 23, 2010
Linux
June 10, 2014
Civilization V at Steam Charts
Civilization V at SteamDB
 Civilization V at Wikipedia
Civilization
Civilization 1991
CivNet 1995
Civilization II 1996
Conflicts in Civilization
Fantastic Worlds
Test of Time
Civilization III 2003
Play the World
Conquests
Civilization IV 2005
Warlords
Beyond the Sword
Civilization IV: Colonization 2008
Civilization V 2010
Gods & Kings
Brave New World
Civilization: Beyond Earth 2014

General information

More information 2K Games Forum - Official Civilization V Forum.
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series
More information Steam Workshop
More information Steam Forum Troubleshooting Thread - Troubleshooting Guide for Windows version.
More information CivFanatics very large Civilization community.
Information PC Report: Sid Meier's Civilzation V on Linux.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Mac App Store Availability Table Icons - Mac App Store.svg Campaign Edition. No DLC support or online play.
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Information All Windows and Linux versions require Steam.

Version differences[edit]

Information The Campaign Edition does not support DLC or online play; LAN multiplayer only works with other Mac App Store players.
Information The Complete Edition includes all DLC.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Civilization and Scenario Pack: Mongols WindowsOS XLinux
Civilization and Scenario Pack: Korea WindowsOS XLinux
Wonders of the Ancient World WindowsOS XLinux
Explorer's Map Pack WindowsOS XLinux
Civilization and Scenario Pack: The Vikings WindowsOS XLinux
Civilization and Scenario Pack: Polynesia WindowsOS XLinux
Double Civilization and Scenario Pack: Spain and Inca WindowsOS XLinux
Cradle of Civilization: Mesopotamia WindowsOS XLinux
Cradle of Civilization: Americas WindowsOS XLinux
Cradle of Civilization: Asia WindowsOS XLinux
Cradle of Civilization: Mediterranean WindowsOS XLinux
Civilization and Scenario Pack: Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II) WindowsOS XLinux
Gods and Kings WindowsOS XLinux
Brave New World WindowsOS XLinux
Scrambled Nations Map Pack WindowsOS XLinux
Scrambled Continents Map Pack WindowsOS XLinux

Essential improvements[edit]

Mods[edit]

Information Mods are available through multiple distribution channels. Easily accessible through the Steam Workshop, as well as manually installable. Popular sources include CivFanatics.
Information You need to activate a mod after installing it. To do so, go to the Mods menu and tick the checkbox next to the mods you want to activate.
Disadvantage The OS X and Linux versions do not officially support mods or Steam Workshop.

Fix Manual mod installation

  1. Copy the mod into a directory called Mods/ in the configuration files location.
  2. Activate the mod in the game.
Information If the Mod Database is corrupted or deleted, any manual mods will be deleted.

Using mods on OS X and Linux[edit]

Information Not all mods are guaranteed to work.

Fix Enable the mods menu

  1. Go to the installation folder and go into steamassets/assets/ui/frontend/.
  2. Open mainmenu.lua.
  3. Fine the line
Controls.ModsButton:SetHide( true );
and change it to
-- Controls.ModsButton:SetHide( true );

Fix Installing mods

  1. Go to the configuration files location for your system.
  2. Place the mod files into the MODS/ subdirectory and map files into the Maps/ subdirectory.
Information It's possible to copy the mods from the workshop by going to <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/ugc/referenced/ and the appropriate subdirectory. If the mod is an archive or .civ5mod file, you may have to extract it, so you have a folder called MODS/modname with the mod files inside it.

Increasing the zoom level[edit]

Fix Increasing the zoom level

  1. Open config.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the line Minimum Zoom Level = 11.000000
  3. Change it to a lower value to be able to zoom in closer.

Skip launcher[edit]

Fix Skipping launcher

  1. Find Civilization V in your Steam Library.
  2. Right-click the game name.
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Select Set Launch Options....
  5. Input \dx9, \dx11 or \win8 to launch directly in DirectX 9, DirectX 10/11 or Windows 8 Touch Enabled mode respectively.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Launch the game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration files location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 5\
OS X ~/Documents/Aspyr/Sid Meier's Civilization 5/
Linux ~/.local/share/Aspyr/Sid Meier's Civilization 5/
Advantage This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
Information The configuration can be found in config.ini.
Information User preferences can be found in UserSettings.ini.
Information Graphical settings for DX9 mode can be found in GraphicsSettingsDX9.ini.
Information Graphical settings for DX11 mode can be found in GraphicsSettingsDX11.ini.

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 5\Saves\
OS X ~/Documents/Aspyr/Sid Meier's Civilization 5/Saves/
Linux ~/.local/share/Aspyr/Sid Meier's Civilization 5/Saves/
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/8930/
Information Save files are differently named for each OS, but are compatible when saved with the same version. To use them, you will need to rename them.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.svg
Ultra-widescreen Native WSGF UW Gold.svg
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[1]
Information Requires a resolution at least 768 pixels tall.
Disadvantage Direct3D 11 graphical features, including anti-aliasing, are not available in the OS X and Linux versions of the game.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Information Functioning using Borderless Windowed.[2]
Information Mouse offset may be 15px off vertically.

Fix Change resolution[3]

  1. Change resolution to any other.
  2. Change back to previous resolution.
  3. Screen should be stretched correctly, and hitboxes aligned.
Information Can function if you disable always-on-top.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Hackable See Remapping.
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller
Controller support Impossible
Other
Touchscreen optimised Native Only available on Windows 8 and later.

Remapping[edit]

Fix Edit CIV5Controls.xml[4]

  1. Go to <path-to-game>/Assets/Gameplay/XML/Units/ and open CIV5Controls.xml.
  2. Change the controls to match your preference.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Music, SFX, ambience and speech.
Surround sound Native
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Native
Mute on focus lost Impossible

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
Traditional Chinese Native Impossible Native Windows-only.
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Japanese Native Impossible Native Windows-only.
Korean Native Impossible Native Windows-only.
Polish Native Impossible Native Windows-only.
Russian Native Native Native Windows-only.
Spanish Native Native Native

Network[edit]

Network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Native 6 Campaign Edition only supports LAN with other Mac App Store players.
Online play Native 6 Campaign Edition does not support online play.
Hot-seat Native 6
Asynchronous multiplayer Native Via the Pitboss system.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native
Peer-to-peer Impossible
Dedicated Impossible
Self-hosting Native
Direct IP Impossible

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 53, 80, 1745, 1795, 3074
UDP (outbound) 53, 88, 1745, 1795, 3064, 3074

Issues fixed[edit]

General[edit]

Mods disappear, fail to download[edit]

Fix Clear the Mod Database

  1. Go to cache/ in the configuration files location.
  2. Delete Civ5ModsDatabase.db.
  3. Restart the game, go to the Mods menu, and allow the mods to reinstall.

Game corruption[edit]

Information This may be caused by database files and user settings becoming damaged.

Fix Erase game cache

  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Remove cache/.

Fix Remove user settings

  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Remove cache/, Logs/, ModUserData/, Text/ and all *.ini files.

Checkerboard patterns[edit]

Fix Decrease MaxSimultaneousThreads

  1. Open config.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Halve the value of MaxSimultaneousThreads (e.g., if it is 8, change it to 4).

Gray tiles, tiles not loading[edit]

Fix Enable MinimizeGrayTiles[5]

  1. Open the configuration file for your graphical mode (DX9/DX11) in the configuration files location.
  2. Change the value of MinimizeGrayTiles = 0 to MinimizeGrayTiles = 1

Crash after starting a new game[edit]

Information The game may crash after starting a new game.

Fix Fog of War Crash Fix

  1. In the video settings, change Fog of War to low.
Information This is particularly important on DirectX 9 or graphics cards with low memory.[6]

Can't select units or end turn[edit]

Information If you have a delay in units responding, or the end turn button does not work, try the following:

Fix Disable EnableGameCoreThreading

  1. Open config.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Set EnableGameCoreThreading to 0.
Information This has been improved in the latest patch, but the problem still exists.
Information Turning down graphics settings may also correct this.

Leaderhead crash[edit]

Information The game may crash when meeting other leaders.

Fix Change Leaderhead Quality

  1. From the main menu, go to options.
  2. Go to video settings.
  3. Change Leader Scene Quality to low.
Information Leaders will not be animated.

Fix Disable Leaderheads

  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 5\config.ini
  2. Change LeaderHead = 0 to LeaderHead = 1.
  3. Save your changes.
Information Leader screens will be blank.

Multiplayer[edit]

Information The latest patch resolves most of the reported multiplayer bugs.

Multiplayer Games Dropping or Disconnecting During Play[edit]

Sometimes players will be dropped after a multiplayer match has progressed for several dozen turns or more. After reloading the game, the player will repeatedly disconnect. This problem can be caused by an insufficient MTU value on the network connection. Changing it before starting the multiplayer game can often fix the problem. To do so, enter the following in the command prompt:

Fix Set network MTU value

  1. Open Windows command prompt ( Win+R and type cmd)
  2. Enter the command set subinterface "Local Area Connection" mtu=1500 store=persistent. Replace Local Area Connection without removing the quotes with the name of your network connection (e.g. Wireless Network Connection if you are on wireless)

Windows and OS X version mismatch[edit]

The OS X version is not handled by Firaxis or 2K Games, so they only develop patches for Windows. Another company (Aspyr) handles the OS X version of the patches, after they have been released on Windows. As a result, OS X patches are released later than Windows patches. You cannot play multiplayer unless the versions match, so after a Windows update, you cannot play online against OS X until the OS X has also been patched.

Windows[edit]

Unable to run DirectX 11[edit]

If the DirectX 11 option is unavailable, try the following.

Information Ensure Steam is not running in Compatibility Mode.

Fix Disabling Compatibility Mode

  1. Quit out of Steam.
  2. Right-click on the Steam.exe application (found in the Steam installation folder) and select "Properties", then select the "Compatibility" tab.
  3. At the bottom of this tab is a button called "Change Settings for All Users". Click it.
  4. Make sure Compatibility Mode is unchecked.
  5. Relaunch Steam.
Information This may also be caused by out of date drivers.
Information DirectX 10/11 Mode will not work on XP.
Information Not all video cards are capable of running DirectX 10 or 11, even with Windows 7. Intel Core i3 integrated graphics do not support DirectX 11 Mode in Civilization V.

Disappearing cursor[edit]

Information Enabling pointer trails in Windows may cause the cursor to disappear or act strangely. Disable this feature while playing.

Black screen (anti aliasing issue)[edit]

Information Enabling anti-aliasing on DirectX 11 mode may cause the game to turn black. It is recommended that you enabled anti-aliasing through your graphics software, and not the game. If antialiasing is enabled and this issue is present (causing the screen to be black), you can edit GraphicsSettingsDX11.ini to fix this.

Issues with resolution (screen cutoff)[edit]

Sometimes after installing the game, the game resolution will be larger than the screen and parts of the game will be cut off. To fix this, go into options and change the game resolution. If you are unable to access the options, manually edit GraphicsSettingsDX9.ini or GraphicsSettingsDX11.ini (depending on which DirectX mode you use) in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 5 to the correct resolution (1024x768 Minimum).

Virtu MVP[edit]

If the game does not run, or will not start most of the time, and nothing else seems to fix the problem, Virtu MVP might be causing the issue. Try unchecking Civ 5 DirectX 9 and Civ 5 DirectX 10/11 in the Virtu MVP control panel.

Issues with opening movies[edit]

If the game crashes to desktop or loads to a black screen, then there may be an incompatibility with the video files. Deleting the WMV video files from the Civilization V folder may allow the game to run, as the expense of losing the opening movies.

The video files for Civilization V are located in the installation folder. If you have Gods and Kings, you will also need to delete the videos from <path-to-game>\Assets\DLC\Expansion

"N" Versions of Windows may not be compatible with the opening videos.

Linux[edit]

Audio stuttering[edit]

To fix the audio stuttering when using PulseAudio just follow this guide: Setting the default fragment number and buffer size in PulseAudio

If the issue persists, close the game, run pulseaudio -k and start the game again.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 Vista SP2, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.0 GHz 1.8 GHz Quad core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATi Radeon HD 2600 XT
nVidia GeForce 7900 GS
Core i3 integrated graphics
256 MB of VRAM
ATi 4800
nVidia 9800
512 MB of VRAM
OS X
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
10.6.4
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Quad core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATi Radeon HD 2600
NVidia GeForce 8600
256 MB of VRAM
ATI Radeon HD 2600
NVidia GeForce 8600
512 MB of VRAM
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) SteamOS
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Intel Core i3
2.4 GHz AMD A10
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Geforce 640M
Radeon HD 6450
Iris Pro
1 GB of VRAM
Information Ubuntu and other distributions of Linux should be compatible with the game, albeit this isn't guaranteeed.
Information Intel Integrated video chipsets (GMA 9XX, HD 3XXX) will not run Civilization V for SteamOS and Linux, and are unsupported.

References

  1. New 120Hz Games Report
  2. Tested by Andytizer.
  3. Play all your games in Windowed borderless mode - Steam Users' Forums
  4. "F12 conflict; how to remap keys?" - Steam Community Discussions
  5. http://forums.civfanatics.com/showpost.php?p=12011386&postcount=33
  6. http://steamcommunity.com/app/8930/discussions/0/882966056826740032/