EdgarPatrick, I've got a fairly lengthy thread over at the Wargamer that details most of my thoughts on the game. I strongly urge you to check it out if you've not already done so.
If you're looking for the short version, though, then I'd say willgamer's summation is fairly accurate. The only thing I'd mention is this passage:
*The implementation of the bureaucracy to limit expansion was not popular with many players
There is an option to lower and/or disable bureaucracy, so this isn't that much of an issue. I personally usually keep bureaucracy at its normal level (because otherwise it nullifies the advantage of races with the "No Bureaucracy" trait), but you can always turn it off if you want.
It's not topic, but i have a question.
How is the AI in this game?
It's good. Personally, I'd say it's somewhere in between GalCiv2 and Sword of the Stars. It's certainly one of the better AI's I've seen in a strategy game, at least in the last few years.
< Message edited by martok -- 11/8/2010 9:34:29 AM >
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