This game should be renamed "Bug Hunters"
I don't think there's anything really less fun than being attacked literally every turn(sometimes 2-3 times per turn) by swarm queens from across the galaxy. Every game I play on larger maps becomes completely unplayable by about turn 150 with 4-6 queen moving through my territory at any given moment. coming from so far away that attaking their home hive isn't a viable option, at least for another few hundred turns. Every turn starts to take upwards of 30 minutes, and thats is all you do is hit the end turn button. And its not like the battles are difficult or rewarding. Nope, same tired ♥♥♥ queen with the same tired ♥♥♥ swarm every damn turn. Adjusting the random encounter slider doesn't seem to help at all. Just as many queens at 10% as 100%. In other words, cut the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and just rename the game "Bug Hunters in Space:Enhanced Edition" or something. At least you'll be mentally prepared for the hundreds of hours of fighting the same damn swarm over and over. You'd think there'd be a bug repellant tech tree. Some galactic Raid or something. But nope. Also, the AI seems to refuse to do its part to clean its areas of space so half the time if I want to attack a hive I must first declare war, and fight my way through the enemy, for the sole purpose of killing a hive. And thats if I'm lucky enough to have it be in range of anything. I can't even imagine trying to deal with this as the humans or any race without direct travel capabilities. Even playing as the Loa its just exhausting to deal with, the swarms come from so far away that I can't place gates to the planet and have enough cubes left to fight anything when I get there(if i can literally place enough gates). So yea, unless you enjoy bug hunting stick to 2-3 player maps. And even then it can get annoying.