"Inability to move, well, anything." - A Review
To be blatantly honest the game is broken. Very broken, for me at least. I got bored today and decided that I wanted to do a custom race with endless war (makes it so that your race cannot have any relation except cold war and war), and see what would happen when you researched all four tiers of research with supremacy as the only victory option.
To summarize, I was very, very bored. After about five hours of terraforming every planet I owned into an ocean and getting my economy to a point of success so far that neither me nor a rock would ever be able to dig out of it, I began to make as many ships as possible. After stacking three hero's onto the nearly three hundred ships and pinning them all onto one planet on the edge of my territory I right clicked the unfortunate little planet adjacent to mine at the other end of the only wormhole I owned. The strangest thing happened:
It wouldn't move. None of them.
It took me about a minute and a half to realize this, of course, as the game isn't truly engaging enough to hold a rats attention for five hours, yet alone mine; but the situation quickly became more frustrating as I realized that every fleet in my arsenal was movement capped. I figured it was a glitch or something, and my planets were pretty much just generating dust anyway, so I just skipped a turn. Nothing.
After trying that a few more times and realizing that there may be something terribly wrong with the game, I looked to the internet. There were a few things about left shift, caps lock, and tab, but none of the scenario's they put forward were in the least similar to mine. In fact, I never even finished my research and wouldn't for at least another 30 turns, so I hadn't broken the game with that just yet.
So, basically, what I get from this whole experience is that even if you play the game for nothing more than research and teching, the game's engine will stick all your ships in the same place anyway. Thus, it can be taken that supremacy victories are therefore impossible and any attempt thereof will always be met with dissapointment.
You would probably be better off just going for peace or something than trying to eliminate your enemies with some sort of cool, space-age combat system, which makes the game unbelievably boring. From what I've seen online there are about 6 different variations to the "i'm stuck, WTF!?!?!" bug, all of which are only similar in the fact that they apparently cause equal amounts of rage in the workplace.
I tried playing this last year but had to stop because of bugs and decided to wait them out (nearly choked on the irony of that one), but I suppose I should just give up on this entirely. This is my review of my entire experience of coming back to the game, of which deserves one only because of how awful it truly was. If anyone can prove me wrong on any account, I welcome it. I like the idea of the game, just not the engine.
On the bright side, I finished my book.