Greetings all. Can't believe I didn't discover Distant Worlds sooner. Definitely the best Space 4X game out there by far. Games like the dreadful Endless Space and overrated SINS don't even come close to Distant Worlds.
I haven't put that much time in the title yet, but so far it is pure awesome. Will write more opinions later.
I don't agree with you on the other games. Sins is great, and in my opinion not overrated. Endless Space is ok, and gets better with each add-on they have done (free so far).
Remember that Distant Worlds is an slightly older game with two expansions and a lot of post development time. Look up older reviews on DW just to keep things in perspective. Space Sector went from 5/10 to 9.4/10 (Legends) for example.
Yes, I follow Space Sector quite closely, and it was not lost on me how much the game improved in Adam Solo's eyes. BTW, Adam's main gripe now is that he feels that the game is about due for a 'DW2' overhaul.
Sorry, but I spent about 6-8 hours on Endless Space and thought it had a lot of problems. For one thing the tech tree is a jumbled mess. For another, the AI cheats and spams. Also, diplomacy seems totally useless, and combat is a simplistic rock/scissors/paper implementation. Also, unlike the DW galaxy filled with life and surprises, the ES galaxy was dull and lifeless. Finally, and most importantly, the game was just plain boring to me. Click......wait......click......wait (and this is coming from someone who loves the turn-based Civ series).
Don't get me wrong about SINS. I give it a solid B. SINS' great strength; its pretty ship combat, however, is also its weakness. I mean, the developers concentrated on the pretty ships, and everything else in the game like diplomacy and the economy got short shrift. Also, although the ships look beautiful and the combat is a blast to watch, the ships just line up and slug it out in a very grindy fashion. Contrast this with the ships maneuvering and jockeying for position in DW. Again though, I don't think SINS is a bad game, just not a great one. It's one of those games where I'll play one or two sandboxes, then get tired of it and put it away for six months.
I would also add that as with any form of art and entertainment, taste, preferences, and mood have a lot to do with things.
BTW, I downloaded the SINS Advent ship mod for DW. The Advent Matriachy seems like a great fit for the Securans.
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