I have just installed Civ 5 from Steam. Is it possible to play it offline (without connecting to the Internet?) If yes, How?

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    Have you actually bought the game or did you just download it from the "free weekend" event? This may make a difference. – DJ Pirtu May 25 '12 at 10:07
  • i haven't bought, I guess its a free weekend – GeoStrike May 25 '12 at 11:04
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    Then I'm fairly sure it's going to deactivate when the weekend ends no matter if you're trying to pretend you're merely 'offline'. – Shadur May 26 '12 at 10:44

OK. I intalled the game myself and did a bit of testing. First of, you'll need to run the game once while the connection is still on, to complete all the installations and such. You don't need to play the actual game. Just exit once you reach the menu. (You might even be able to get out during the cutscene by pressing Alt+F4.)

After this, open the Steam window, go to File (upper left corner) and choose "Go Offline...". Steam will restart in offline mode (or at least shut down and be in offline mode once you start it again) that allows you to play the game offline. The game itself doesn't seem to have any additional need for internet connection.

However, this might come a bit late, since the free weekend is about to end. The game will most likely disable itself once the event is over, wether you're online or not.

  • thanks for info. Last night I noticed when I launch CIV from steam without internet connection it first tried to connect steam and throws error message and showed "play" button and its the offline mode (may be its the same thing without doing above steps). However I am not interested to play this bad game. It really sux. No clue how to play, and the tutorial itself is not a tutorial at all, if at all it is a tutorial, it the WORST game tutorial which does not help absolute beginner to learn the game – GeoStrike May 26 '12 at 10:53

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