Posted: April 20
Boy, am i glad i got this game on sale! I cannot say it is worth the asking price, but it is a very good game. Some points though.
There is no story. I was very confused when presented with a long list of map options and no "Campaign" button. Based on the trailers i thought there would be a story mode. So that was odd.
Favortie child. The game favors a certain kind of strrategy, which is swift and agressive. If you like to methodically plunder and settle, consolidating for safety between conquests, this game is not for you. Sure you can win your start system, which is the reqirement in the smaller maps. But past that goal the cautious, developmetal approach simply cannot win. There is an inflexible number of ships you can produce, and unless you hit your multiple opponents fast, they will simply have the same number of ships as you, most likely in a more optimal, calculated configuration.
Same ol same ol. Replay ability for this game is very high, don't get me wrong. But you really have to get outside your comfort zone to acheive a different experience. There are a wide range of factions, but finding a niche in this game makes all the maps seem the same as your're presented with the same planets, ships and tech over and over again.
War, what is it good for? As far as this game is concered, everything. Diplomacy is not only difficult to use, its totally optional. There is no way to win through cultural supremacy at all, and no way to barter out of a conflict. So don't come looking for a peacepipe.
Really though, this is a great game. Not worth 40.00 (as currently is) but certainly worth half. The combat can be impersonal or up close, your preference here. The ship designs are lovingly constructed and fluid. My awful computer has never lagged, and you really do get a sense of space combat as you agonize over whether your reinforcements will warp to you in time. 8/10