It's rather a shame that the space-based 4X genre is so wishy-washy. So much promise and so little delivered by so many games. Master of Orion 3 and Sword of the Stars come to mind, flawed gems that could have been what we wanted (And what do we want? To conquer aliens, Naturally).
It then comes as a surprise that Endless space got so much right
. Visually, aurally, and especially the interface (bar ship creation, it's average) it's done so much right. Sure, combat is lacklustre (even if the phases/cards are a novel idea), diplomacy is a little
better than it's contemporaries, but it's still missing in character. You don't feel the pulse of the Universe like you can in Galactic Civilizations 2 for example.
But whatever, i'm just grousing. Hey, I didn't put over 400 hours into a game that sucked (Offline mode on my laptop didn't add the hours but I digress). It's great and worth buying! ALL HAIL OUR GLRIOUS AMOEBA OVERLORDS!