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I was pretty gungho for a new 4x game. I mean who doesn't love homeworld or sins of a solar empire eh?
I bought the early access emporer edition and decided to wait till it became a full release. At the time of writting the expansion/dlc has come out so its been a good while since they've patched issues.
I booted up the game and got into playing the United Empire. I was expecting some awesome ship battles and wide colony expansion. I went into the game on easy mode. Since this is a 4x game I thought, like most good 4x games that gameplay would be self intuitive. Turns out I was wrong. First time you enter the game you are greeted by walls of text and diagrams for a "tutorial" You spend the first 50 turns figuring out the game and wondering why your score is miserably behind. 100 turns later you lose to an economic vitory by the computer player to which there is nothing you can do about it. ♥♥♥♥ing lovely for an "easy" mode.
The ship battles are lame. The fleets line up and take pop shots at each other with 3 different kinds of weapons. The only in battle abilities come from these cards you play that makes the whole battle feel like rock paper scisors. It offers nothing of the joy that you get from games like homeworld or Sins. You have some customization options but again the game poorly explains that too so you also spend the first 50 turns wondering why the destroyer you just researched is no where to be found. in the end instead of mixed fleets you end up with 2 types of fleets. First one consists of mini missle boats whose objective and sole purpose is to take out the second fleet type. The second fleet type consists of your most high tiered ship armed with as many defenses and singular guns as possible. Nothing else is viable.
The few guides I managed to find on this game barely give any point in the right direction. Also it seems that according to the community that the game is very unbalaced and also "anti-human", as in no human race faction is competitve against the other races in any sense. The different races barely offer any true difference in gameplay, just different focuses. If that doesn't turn you off then the diplomacy text boxesthat feel like they were written by a twelve year old will...
Finally and what REALLY turned me off is the random events that occur in game that only affect the human player. What's this? A deadly plague that offers you 3 options to go screw yourself with? Ok you think to yourself, if this will hamper me then surely the computer is having a hard time too. 20 turns later the computer is double your score with advanced tech and ships and you got NOTHING. Yep thats balanced...
If you want a "good" 4x experience then lok else where. You like the whole "civilization" style? Look elsewhere too. Feel like playing a medocre 4x game? Play this alongside sword of the stars 2 and the other crappy 4x titles. Do yourself a favor and put your time toward better things.