I'll post my comments here because I believe they are pertinent to the topic.
I have two main issues with this game.
The first and most important is technical. So far I have only managed a few game because of the frankly excessive amount of the technical issues of the game. Black screen, old fashion freezing, lagging... you name it.
I would have no issues with a few bugs on a freshly released game, it's absolutely normal, but there has been zero product support so far. I have received invaluable help from fellow gamers, but not even an email address to send my data files to. Posting them on a forum maybe good... if someone followed it up even by just saying "We took notice, thank you for your time".
The second is the learning curve is very steep but once you are on top of it... the game's pretty much over. Tweaking with other faction's (including aliens) aggression adds a little longevity but once you understand the few basic tricks (lots and lots of military units, resource and city management and using the randomized tech tree to your advantage)... it matters to a point.
I am not saying the game is bad but, to be honest, I expected a little more longevity out of it.
The reason you THINK that it's absolutely normal for a game to have bugs on a freshly released game is because you have been brainwashed to believe that. There is absolutely NO reason for there to be bugs and flaws in a newly released game if they PAID people to test games like they should. I just will not pay for production anymore in the same way I used to in the past. Waiting seems to be the better option nowadays as you can get fully patched and working games for $5 most of them anyways. Matrixgames and Slitherine and Shrapnel and Battlefront are about the only holdouts left that maintain high retail prices on most stuff they sell, but even they are starting to reduce prices on some of these ancient games they sell. $60 to me is ridiulous for Steel Panthers General edition, but, I suppsose to a new gamer to the genre it's worth it. The graphics alone would turn me off today for that price for the game.