Posted: December 23
Endless Space is one of my, if not the, favorite 4X game that I've had the pleasure to experience.
I love the first turns of any turn-based strategy game, and Endless Space has it, too. Reveling in your starting location and excitedly discovering your immediate surroundings and thus the future of your strategy and game is always fun, particularly in ES where there are 13 planet types, 52 planetary anomalies, and 9 planetary wonders. From there you dive into the vast yet categorized technology web (which Beyond Earth should have taken a page from), wide array of planet building upgrades, and decent ship customization system while battling 9+ unique factions for supremacy of the galaxy. Plus nice art and music.
The weak points include some weaker factions in terms of unique gameplay concepts, simplistic ship design and combat, similar map types, and lack of a strong (or usually even present) story or lore.
*Note: This does not include various improvements from the expansion.
All in all, while I think Endless Space could be even stronger, it's a solid 4X game which has done great work for an indie studio that I love to play and would love to play more.