From: Secret Underground Lair
So far, having bought the game right after initial release, and comparing to where the final (or penultimate) version (Shadows + Legends) is now, I would have to say this is:
1. The best space game I've ever played (yes, better than EVE, Sins, Swords, KSP, Alpha Centauri, etc.)
2. By far the best 4x space game every conceived
3. A damn good (top 3 or 4) strategy game
4. Excellent UI, amazing game balance, fantastic replayability, good art (one of the few things that is slightly behind the curve), very good music, nearly perfect writing (documentation is still a tad bit lacking)
It took awhile but I'd say it was well worth the wait and the price tag!
I do hope that Code Force and Matrix have met with good fiscal reward as well as fulfillment from making this epic piece of art/science. I also hope that this is just the beginning of many years of games from Code Force + Matrix as Distant Worlds is astoundingly good.