Posted: February 21
This is one of the best games of the sapce RTS genre.
3 races are available humans in the form of the TEC, upgraded humans called the advent and the alien race known as the vasari, each race is divided between loyalist and rebel faction, so a total of 6 factions are available each factions has its own specific cons and pros.
The game is just beautiful, you can see wonderfull planets, asteroids and stars, zoom in/out from seeing just stars to a single fighter flying around, watch how your planets come to life whith ships flying around trading and all, its just amazing.
The game functions as many RTS with resource gathering, create buildings, research tech and build units, there is a black market where you can buy/sell extra metal or crystal, there are pirates that attack players who have a bounty on there empire and make a random attack on their space holdings.
You get general control of the planets and of its civilian aspect and a much finer control over military aspects. asteroids and planets colonized have a limited number of upgrade points and building slots all dependent on the type of world it is, this allows you to gear some worlds as defense points, fleet builders or resource gathering depending on their base capacity.
your fleet is made of a mixture of capital ships, frigates, cruisers, fighters and one titan (if you can get it on space). Capital ships and the titan have a certain rpg element, they get experience and can unlock powers that can then be leveled up as they destroy stuff or if they are present at the destruction of an enemy. The rest of the ships are just cannon fodder or muscle to augment your big ships power. there is a fleet cap, but you can upgrade the cap so you can field more ships, the con of having bigger fleets is the upkeep cost, which becomes a more severe penalty as you get bigger fleets.
There is something that has to be said about gameplay and that is this games is only a skirmish and multiplayer game, there is no storyline campaing, i have not found this to make this game any less enjoyable but if you are into just the lore of things then it is a factor to consider.