From: My Own Private Hell
First post, whoo!
Anyway, long term lurker here just coming on to say that what draws me to Distant Worlds is the sort of authentic feel to it. For instance, my impression of Galactic Civs 2, as good a game as it is, is that it FEELS too gamey. It's turn based, and the turns are measured in weeks, and as a result I can have a newly settled world cap at a max population of some billions in under a year. This sort of thing just didn't sit well with me.
I, for one, play games like these for the immersion factor, and the atmosphere of Distant Worlds, with its real-time gameplay, grand scale, and resource/private sector based economic system really does the trick for me. It's a bit rough around the edges, but I think it's a very under-appreciated gem of a title.
Welcome to the forums EnDSchultz
Have to agree on all of that, been playing DW for nearly three years now and the immersion level is unmatched in the 4x arena. Even now after all this time it still surprises me, like today, I ordered five transports and put them into a fleet but forgot to take the auto off, little furry dudes, Atuuk, decided to go to war with me and had invaded one of my colonies, I went into the fleet management screen and the transport fleet that I had forgotten that was on auto was on it's way to the colony under invasion to off load troops, I was just about to order them to do the very same thing