Matrix also has AI War which is a good game.
Doh! I forgot about that one. Thanks for reminding me. [Goes to edit OP]
Star Ruler is very good. It started out needing many things fixed, but the developers stayed true to their word and kept improving and fixing the game and it is excellent now. You can get it at Gamersgate.
Yeah, I've had my eye on Star Ruler for some time. I've heard it's now vastly improved over its original release state (from playing the demo at the time, even calling it a beta would've been charitable), so I may have to go back and pick it up.
Master of Orion 2 is a great game. Old, but still more less playable.
I know I'll get flamed for this, but I didn't find MOO2 to be that great myself. I actually owned the game at one point, but quickly got bored with it and gave the copy to my brother.
I don't know why I wasn't enthralled with it -- I'm well aware it remains the "gold standard" of 4x games -- but it just didn't grab me for some reason.
< Message edited by martok -- 3/4/2012 12:23:05 PM >
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