Distant Worlds is amazing. It feels, and plays, like a mix between Europa Universalis III and the board game Twilight Imperium III.
My game play experience so far has been epic. It plays like a grand space opera, I haven't had a game fire my imagination like this for years.
I was on the fence, I have tried virtually every modern strategy game and most are pale fractions of their marketing hype. Distant Worlds is the first one I've found since discovering the paradox gems years ago that not only lives up to it's claims, but so far in my game play is exceeding them, beyond my wildest expectations !
I'm sure there are bugs, but I have yet to find any. I expect that any I find will be easy enough to work around by role playing them into the context of my game, or using a few simple house rules so as not to "game" the AI. In fact my experience so far has been an AI that plays remarkably competently, and well. It has been very few games, only a handful, in which I have seen AI opponents use a mix of military, diplomacy, espionage, and economy in a way that feels realistic.
Distant Worlds is amazingly complex, deep, and breathtakingly alive.
This is why I post. To show a small bit of support for a dying breed. In a world full of button mashing, mindlessly stupid, console kiddie crap, we NEED developers like this, and games like this. This is a game that I would have attempted to create, were I a game developer.