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Is it Possible to Set Up Civ-V to play like Civ-III...?


Dec 31, 2022
So I have just learned that I no longer have the ability to play Civ III due to a Win10 upgrade. As the Firaxis 2K support team advised me, they no longer support Civ III and can not offer a work around to the protection features built into the CD at start up. Despite spending hours trying to find a workaround on various Forums, it seems there is simply no way to get around this fact.

Sadly, I decided to uploaded Civ V on my Steam account and thought I would give it a try.

After about 20 hours of trying to get through this game and learn all the nuances of how it all works, I have found that Civ V has changed so much from the game play of Civ III that it's not even fun to play. Civ III might not have been as complex or as pretty graphically, but it was a simple and fun game to play.

Now while I'm sure many of you are quite happy with what Civ V offers in play style and graphics, for old-school players like myself who have been playing Civ III since it came out back in 2001, there's a lot to be said for the simplicity and lack of graphic "bling" seen in Civ V.

My question is, is there anyway do change the game-play and/or graphics settings so Civ V it is more like Civ III...?


Magirus Deutz

Mar 24, 2019
Bucharest, Romania
I am a huge fan of the AoI scenario in Civ3 and fully agree with SaxonBrawler.
Unfortunately the game get stucked after about 1 third of the moves.
Same happens with other "build in scenarios".
I have tried it on both Win 10 and 11. 11 is even worse - no full screen.
Actually, I am considering buying an old laptop and install windows 8 on it.
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