Собравшая значительное число наград, Space Empires IV Deluxe является последней на данный момент игрой из серии Space Empires. Стратегия в стиле 4X (исследовать, развиться, захватить, уничтожить), Space Empires пришлась по сердцу многим любителям жанра.
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Собравшая значительное число наград, Space Empires IV Deluxe является последней на данный момент игрой из серии Space Empires. Стратегия в стиле 4X (исследовать, развиться, захватить, уничтожить), Space Empires пришлась по сердцу многим любителям жанра. Открывайте новые технологии, стройте корабли, ведите войну на тактическом уровне, подавляйте сопротивление, вступайте в союз с новыми расами. В игру включены инструменты, необходимые для создания собственных карт.

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M3t15
( 43.6 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 19 марта
So much fun, there is a fair amount of depth, and the AI could use some work, but I enjoy the style and structure of the way the game, diplomacy, and tech unfold.
Dutchgamer1982
( 1,130.4 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 11 февраля
General impression : 7/10 -> quality game, it does not apear on the top 100 list of best games of all time, but it still is a nice addition to have
Bug Class : A -> flawwless, no bugs
at any price <20 euro I'd say that you should buy this, and at 1.49 when at discount buying this is a no-brainer.

List of 5 most promitent Pro's and Con's :

Pro's
*high ship customising, without overcomplicating things
*weapon types and variation seem all to be reasonably well balanced in size, power and range.
*good paper-scizzors-stone strategy in weapon types
*good advancement over techtree from beginning to end, every discovery is a small step forward and can be put to good use directly
*lots of terraforming options to shape the universe to your liking to suit your needs

Cons :
*unit limit is often to low for comfort and can only be changed by starting a new game
*all ai's will go permanenly to war with you, once your score exceeds 150% of the best AI player
*the ecomomy is too strong after the first 60-100 turns you never will have resource shortage again
*the ai is to weak, meaning you usually never get to USE all that neat end game terraforming tech against
*multiplayer, though possible, is limited only hotseat & take turns or by using http://pbw.spaceempires.net/


personal experience
Early game (turn 1-40)
The perfect game, tech came in at a steady but not to fast pace, meaning new toys to play with every few turns but not making things obsolete to fast. Resources were limited but not too limited, meaning I had to pick 2 our of 3 from epanding the warfleet, building more colonies or improving excisting colonies. Interacting with the AI gave a few that wanted alliances (giving me an income boost) and a few that went to war (giving me some small skirmishes to play with.
Midgame (turn 41-100)
Not being able to destroy or risk having my colonies destroyed because that would permanely lower a planets values, my progress stagnated expantion ran to a halt, Wars turned into "destroy every turn the units they produced this turn" without being able to take down those ship-building planets themselves. Only to have that taking a turn for the worse as suddenly every AI declared war on me, and I was starting to die from overextending. I had to cancel everything (wasting precious techpoints and resources) and go for a total war, and even than it took quite a while before I had fleets and ships of large enough size and power I could hold ground against the AI. (luckely this all people declare war on you feature can be turned out by simply changing a line of text in a .txt gamefile from = yes to =no as I did for later games)
Lategame (turn 101 and more)
While I could win the battles but not the war (I was just stretched out too thin) especially since regardless the war I kept my personal "do not destroy any colony" rule in place, to not lower their values. This stalemate was broken when I discovered i could just trade for those planets and found out the AI would only need an offer for as little as 20000-30000 of a single resource to hand you one of it's planets even when at war. Extremely cheap, as building a fleet would cost sometimes a million resources, and getting it to the frontlines where it was needed three times as much in upkeep.This made it possible to conquer the Ai very quickly, by defeating all ships and satelites in it, place an offer to buy them all, and move on to the next system. In 20 turns after I discovered this all AI's were either reduced to 1 planet or destroyed. By than the game was essentially over even with tons of tech left on the techtree. I still played on, but by than it was more playing simcity, as there was no opponent of any meaning left. (I tried modding the game so that the Ai would only accept valueble technology or ships for planets, but found that that was not possible, for all future games I simply restain from buying planets and advise you to do the same to keep the game enjoyable)
ProcDrone
( 8.4 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 9 февраля
May the graphics are not a strong side of this game, but gameplay and replayability is pretty decent.

I really like this game and the complexivity that you will encounter here.

Lost many hours to this game, pre-steam.

Would recommend, oh, and you can further improve the AI with Balance mod.
bry.kennedy
( 959.8 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 6 февраля
Over 15 years after it's initial release and SEIV is still one of the best of the space-based 4X genre.
Compared to games of today it's not as cutting edge, no fancy computer generated cutscenes or high resolution images, but at it's heart is a game with it's own charm.
EHamilton7019
( 329.8 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 1 февраля
I probably put in hundreds of hours on this game, back when it had to be purchased as a mail-order CD directly from the designer. Back in the early years of its release, it supported a small but vibrant modding community, and many of the mods were extremely elaborate and enjoyable. This was one of the first 4x games to strongly support modders by storing all of its data files in easily-edited text format, with (relatively) meaningful names. As a result, fixing a lot of the (perceived) problems with balance and strategic choice was as easy as changing a few lines of data with a text editor.

But how does it hold up today?

In many ways, quite well. Most more modern games that have eclipsed it in graphics and interface aren't quite in the same genre. For example, Distant Worlds (another game I've played for over 50 hours in the last year) is much better as a simulation, but it's a real-time game without much of the tactical crunch that you'll find in the combat engine of a game like SEIV. Similarly, a Civ-style many-paths-to-victory game (like GalCiv III) will do much better at diplomatic actions than the rudimentary AI of SEIV, but at the cost of having a much shallower approach toward ship and fleet design. Notwithstanding 15 years of new design priorities, this is still probably the best bet for experiencing an old-style wargame approach toward 4x galactic-scale empire building.

Here's a list of pros, neutrals, and cons. Note that many of the "cons" are things that can be partly fixed with a basic appreciation for modding, making this game easy to improve if you're willing to put in some of your own effort in fixing them.

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Huge tech tree with lots of hard choices. With the "slower tech" options in the pre-game settings the cost of higher levels in a given tech will blow up quadratically, creating constant dilemmas about when to keep specializing vs when to start something new.

Large, realistic star systems, where you feel like you're really dropping support colonies all over dozens of little moons. The systems using the FQM mod are especially complex and attractive.

A balanced approach toward fleet design. You'll want to create dedicated supply ships, repair ships, missile platforms, carriers, satellite layers, remote mining stations, mobile shipyards, command vessels, drone launchers, and all kinds of other fun stuff. It really adds to the roleplaying nature of the game when you have a huge complex war machine reminiscent of the US Pacific fleet back in WW2.

A relatively smart AI for expansion and development, at least once it's been patched with an AI mod like TDM or ReStock. It's quite common to make first contact with an alien empire twice my size, and feel VERY nervous about sharing a border with them.

A huge suite of old mods to try out, including some that are included in the "Extras" folder with this release.

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Heavy focus on combat. This game excels at playing in the "all computer players against all human players" mode (a pre-game option), or in setting up multiplayer games. It's not so good at diplomatic-oriented games against the primitive political AI.

Lots of micromanagement. The other reviews don't lie. If you don't love it, you'll surely hate it. The automated ministers make enough bad decisions that if you choose a large galaxy, you're committing to a game that could take 100+ hours.

A very predictable pre-scripted AI, once you understand what things make it "angry". (New players often find it "feels" random, but it never really is.) This is both good and bad. Good since it feels more like the game is under your strategic control, bad because (in any game without another human player) everything is totally predictable. You can give the AI enough resources to make your situation quite hard -- but if you also want variety in your strategies, and not just difficulty, then you need to take the initiative in trying new stuff. ("This game I'll win using only carriers", etc.)

Certain highly exploitable AI behaviors, like a willingness to take certain terrible ship/tech trades (I usually turn trading off entirely), or a tendency to totally ignore you and let you build up a huge well-developed empire that will crush the galaxy. For a fun and challenging game, you'll need to act as a warmonger toward at least a few of your rivals!

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Outdated, minimalist graphics. At least you can download player-created graphics packs to update them from "small and crude" to "small and clean".

Disconcerting atonal electronic music. This is very easy to replace with your own music files, though, after modding only a few lines in Settings.txt.

A weird interface that makes certain vital functions almost impossible to locate. The way that "waypoints" and "strategies" are spread out over multiple tabs and locations is especially baffling.

A general lack of useful documentation on modding functionalities.
HOG_SAUSAGE
( 65.6 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 20 января
It takes a while to learn how to play this game. But when you do learn it, it becomes one of the most rewarding 4X strategdy games out there. The scale is incredible and the constant race to one up the other empires is great fun. I highly recommend this game to any stratedgy fans.
chris.cymru
( 1.9 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 31 декабря 2015
I started playing this after I played the board game space empires 4x. It's a fun little space strategy game. need a multiplayer mode though.
beaubrent
( 24.9 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 29 декабря 2015
I still play this game from time to time, even with the terrible graphics. The universe is such a big place.

Only the startup screens are a bit tedious, but all in all a great old game with lots of replayability.
BOT Rob
( 36.5 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 3 декабря 2015
Great game but not optimized, which renders it nearly unplayable.
Teek0r
( 0.2 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 2 декабря 2015
When I feel like playing a space game I ask my team to take enigma and go space cow myself. Much better than Space Empires IV.
Wereboar
( 24.6 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 2 декабря 2015
Micromanagement running wild

First two facts to keep in mind. First Space Empires IV is fifteen years old! Second, the game comes with a big package of Mods.

The game is a turn based 4X Space conquest game, with a lot of options, a lot of races and special "racial" technologies to discover. Systems can be quite large, since moons and planetoid belt can also be developed.

One watched me playing this game and said: "It even looks uglier, than my first impression was." He is right, it isn't a pretty, 3 D styled and streamlined game. It's virtues lie on totally different topics.

The game offers a lot, in many ways but it also has some drawbacks.

Pros:
  • A huge selection of races, plus the ones in the addon packs.
  • The Systems alone are large, the universe itself, well enough room for developement.
  • Technology, Resources and Planets are dependant.
  • Several Victory conditions are possible.
  • Each planet, Belt, Moon or Sun has a flavor text.

Cons:
  • The Sound is enervating, well the graphics aren't pretty - but the sound can drive you insane.
  • The Micromanagement can get you entwined in red tape, actually not a kind of fun for everyone.

Only Recommended to special audiences!

The game is old, it shows - but it should earn a piece of the heart of every 4x fan out there. It has a playing depth that is rare, the choice of the original races alone is more than enough for everyone to play for weeks, maybe months. But don't overdo it. As a game it's kind of a buerocrats dream (or nightmare...). The game grows repetetive after several playthroughs. It's more fun if you are able to play it either as a multiplayer game, or if you choose to just get one PC oponent, the AI of the computer generated races is very aggressive, and they could put you out of business in no time. Just be glad, that they even fight among themselves a lot.

Overall this game is a must have for fans of the genre. Beginners should look elsewhere, since the huge amount of information packed into this game can scare you away.
SWATTER
( 5.7 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 8 ноября 2015
Turn based game . if you like real time games this is not the one for you
SuitcaseWithSpikes
( 29.8 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 26 октября 2015
The game has great potential but the crashing on Win10 makes it unplayable, 4/10, If it didnt crash It would have gotten 7/10
xnunu5
( 0.3 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 17 октября 2015
I took a shot and missed. Resaon it "missed" for me was the old graphics the game has. Just did not work on my monitor very well.
Sounding Balloon
( 30.2 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 19 сентября 2015
Я уже когда-то давно играл в эту игру (или очень похожую, не помню точно), было приятно снова увидеть её в стиме на распродаже. Пробегусь кратко по самому главному.
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Геймплей. Основывайте колонии, стройте здания на планетах, оборонительные площадки, проектируйте корабли, управляйте ими в боях (или доверьте это дело компьютеру), а под конец научитесь создавать/разрушать все что угодно! Планеты не просто шарики с разным уровнем, как в ГалСиве, каждая имеет свою поверхность и атмосферу (по 3 типа того и другого - 9 разных комбинаций). Однако в будущем вы сможете изменять атмосферу. В игре есть еще и разные ресурсы.

ИИ. Ничего сказать про него не могу, со стратегиями у меня всегда было плохо, и я всегда играл на легкой сложности.

Графика. Ничего лишнего в ней нет, она отображает планеты, звезды и т.д. без всяких наворотов.

Оптимизация. Не встречал пока ни одного бага или проседания ФПС (в отличие от его младшего брата SE V)

Расы. Их много, и каждая имеет свой внешний вид, внешний вид кораблей и набор особенностей. Вы можете создать свою расу.

Ивенты. Присутствуют, на планетах периодически что-то происходит. Самое страшное, что мне встречалось - разрушение планеты.
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В общем, игра не разочаровала. Если не ливнете в самом начале из-за англ. языка и не самого юзерфрендли интерфейса, вы получите много удовольствия от игры. А если вы еще и умеете играть в стратегии…
Willy The Kid
( 5.4 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 13 сентября 2015
Recently I can't get the game to work, the buttons are not responsive
Kojack
( 0.4 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 15 августа 2015
the multiplayer suks too much work OMG make and send files wth i dont want to think about that shitz
MadMynah
( 0.4 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 5 августа 2015
I used to love this game. I would play with my brothers and have a good old 5 day chess match. Nowadays, I cannot get the game to work as it used to, and using A.I. tends to get the game to freeze.

In all honesty, just get Sins of a Solar Empire so you can play this in real time.

I tried to write a review for the fifth installment, but I could never get that one to ever load. Seriously. Just get SoaSE and the expansion, which is a far superior investment.
LeBron James
( 22.9 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 22 июля 2015
This game is a little older than most games I own and is long been replaced by Space Empires. But is still a buy than Space Empires V. The upside is there is no sudden flashes on the screen that aren't good for people with epilepsy. The text in that game is hard to read and with the flashes, makes it harder. This game doesn't have that. It's simple compared to the fifth game and can run way quicker on computers. This game gives you SO MANY OPTIONS on how to design your ships, command you empire, and rule the galaxy. Something Civilization could never do. If you want a more in depth turn based strategy game (IN SPACE), then this game is for you. I highly recommend it.
MidnightSpecial
( 118.9 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 16 июля 2015
EDIT: My original review is still below, but I thought I would update it after spending many, many more hours. I've really tried to enjoy this game, but if I have to recommend it based on its value after the first couple hours, I'm not sure I can. The AI in this game, despite any racial traits I give it, only ever does the same strategy over and over again. If you want to make this game any fun at all, you have to do all the leg work. Can you beat the game using only Light Cruisers and below? How about all Carriers and Fighters? To beat this game, you just turtle up until all the research is done and you have to do the same methodical crawl through every single system. Every game I've played in this game has gone the exact same way:

1. Turtle up until you are at max research level.
2. Build four separate fleets of ships and move into enemy system
3. Fleets 1, 2, and 3 seal up all warp points in system while fleet 4 wipes out all the enemy planets.
4. Move defending fleet forward one sector and repeat for the next several hours.

I just wish the AI would do something to prevent me from using the same strategy every time. It doesn't seem like it adapts or uses different units even if I use the same strategy for the entire match. If I had some friends that were into this type of game as well, maybe it would be more fun, but on its own, the game really didn't hold up.


Original Review:
This game is a solid entry in the 4x genre, though it seems that the AI's lack of real intelligence is often "balanced" by making it omnipotent and over powered. Specifically, this game tends to go against SEIII's strategy of turtling up into a good defense by spamming ships with cloaking technology and intelligence projects that completely outstrip how far along they should reasonably be able to research at that time. Still, once you get used to how the AI "cheats," it becomes a much more fun game because you can play around it and experiment with it.
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General impression : 7/10 -> quality game, it does not apear on the top 100 list of best games of all time, but it still is a nice addition to have
Bug Class : A -> flawwless, no bugs
at any price <20 euro I'd say that you should buy this, and at 1.49 when at discount buying this is a no-brainer.

List of 5 most promitent Pro's and Con's :

Pro's
*high ship customising, without overcomplicating things
*weapon types and variation seem all to be reasonably well balanced in size, power and range.
*good paper-scizzors-stone strategy in weapon types
*good advancement over techtree from beginning to end, every discovery is a small step forward and can be put to good use directly
*lots of terraforming options to shape the universe to your liking to suit your needs

Cons :
*unit limit is often to low for comfort and can only be changed by starting a new game
*all ai's will go permanenly to war with you, once your score exceeds 150% of the best AI player
*the ecomomy is too strong after the first 60-100 turns you never will have resource shortage again
*the ai is to weak, meaning you usually never get to USE all that neat end game terraforming tech against
*multiplayer, though possible, is limited only hotseat & take turns or by using http://pbw.spaceempires.net/


personal experience
Early game (turn 1-40)
The perfect game, tech came in at a steady but not to fast pace, meaning new toys to play with every few turns but not making things obsolete to fast. Resources were limited but not too limited, meaning I had to pick 2 our of 3 from epanding the warfleet, building more colonies or improving excisting colonies. Interacting with the AI gave a few that wanted alliances (giving me an income boost) and a few that went to war (giving me some small skirmishes to play with.
Midgame (turn 41-100)
Not being able to destroy or risk having my colonies destroyed because that would permanely lower a planets values, my progress stagnated expantion ran to a halt, Wars turned into "destroy every turn the units they produced this turn" without being able to take down those ship-building planets themselves. Only to have that taking a turn for the worse as suddenly every AI declared war on me, and I was starting to die from overextending. I had to cancel everything (wasting precious techpoints and resources) and go for a total war, and even than it took quite a while before I had fleets and ships of large enough size and power I could hold ground against the AI. (luckely this all people declare war on you feature can be turned out by simply changing a line of text in a .txt gamefile from = yes to =no as I did for later games)
Lategame (turn 101 and more)
While I could win the battles but not the war (I was just stretched out too thin) especially since regardless the war I kept my personal "do not destroy any colony" rule in place, to not lower their values. This stalemate was broken when I discovered i could just trade for those planets and found out the AI would only need an offer for as little as 20000-30000 of a single resource to hand you one of it's planets even when at war. Extremely cheap, as building a fleet would cost sometimes a million resources, and getting it to the frontlines where it was needed three times as much in upkeep.This made it possible to conquer the Ai very quickly, by defeating all ships and satelites in it, place an offer to buy them all, and move on to the next system. In 20 turns after I discovered this all AI's were either reduced to 1 planet or destroyed. By than the game was essentially over even with tons of tech left on the techtree. I still played on, but by than it was more playing simcity, as there was no opponent of any meaning left. (I tried modding the game so that the Ai would only accept valueble technology or ships for planets, but found that that was not possible, for all future games I simply restain from buying planets and advise you to do the same to keep the game enjoyable)
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Micromanagement running wild

First two facts to keep in mind. First Space Empires IV is fifteen years old! Second, the game comes with a big package of Mods.

The game is a turn based 4X Space conquest game, with a lot of options, a lot of races and special "racial" technologies to discover. Systems can be quite large, since moons and planetoid belt can also be developed.

One watched me playing this game and said: "It even looks uglier, than my first impression was." He is right, it isn't a pretty, 3 D styled and streamlined game. It's virtues lie on totally different topics.

The game offers a lot, in many ways but it also has some drawbacks.

Pros:
  • A huge selection of races, plus the ones in the addon packs.
  • The Systems alone are large, the universe itself, well enough room for developement.
  • Technology, Resources and Planets are dependant.
  • Several Victory conditions are possible.
  • Each planet, Belt, Moon or Sun has a flavor text.

Cons:
  • The Sound is enervating, well the graphics aren't pretty - but the sound can drive you insane.
  • The Micromanagement can get you entwined in red tape, actually not a kind of fun for everyone.

Only Recommended to special audiences!

The game is old, it shows - but it should earn a piece of the heart of every 4x fan out there. It has a playing depth that is rare, the choice of the original races alone is more than enough for everyone to play for weeks, maybe months. But don't overdo it. As a game it's kind of a buerocrats dream (or nightmare...). The game grows repetetive after several playthroughs. It's more fun if you are able to play it either as a multiplayer game, or if you choose to just get one PC oponent, the AI of the computer generated races is very aggressive, and they could put you out of business in no time. Just be glad, that they even fight among themselves a lot.

Overall this game is a must have for fans of the genre. Beginners should look elsewhere, since the huge amount of information packed into this game can scare you away.
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I started playing this after I played the board game space empires 4x. It's a fun little space strategy game. need a multiplayer mode though.
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В 2007 году пришел в магазин и купил случайную игру. Ей оказалась Space Empires IV. О покупке не пожалел.

Игра представляет из себя пошаговую космическую стратегию, в которой нет сюжета как такового. Есть одна цель - захватить галактику. Какими методами Вы её захватите, зависит только от Вас. Тут и дипломатическое давление, и шпионаж, и различные вариации саботажа, ну и конечно же простое истребление врага. Несмотря на дату выпуска, наипростейшую графику, игра стоит свеч.

Из особенностей стоит отметить:

1. Графика.
Размер игры составляет около 350 мб при огромных внутриигровых возможностях. Соответственно ожидать чего-то завораживающего глаз не стоит. Графика простая до безумия, уровня игр 90-х годов. Но этой простотой она и притягивает.

2. Озвучка.
Фоновая музыка, озвучка элементов интерфейса, звуки боя - все на манер космоса. Не 8 bit музыка, но и не мощные саундтреки современных шутеров.

3. Геймплей.
Интерфейс и управление сначала кажутся сложными. Много не понятных символов, практически ничего не доступно для взаимодействия. Но стоит слегка начать разбираться, как начинаешь втягиваться в игру с головой. Даже банальная колонизация планет поэтапно заставляет задуматься над каждым своим шагом. Тут тебе и исследования технологий для колонизации, и постройка судна, поиск планеты и заселение. Не каждая планета подойдет, и даже если подошла, то нет гарантий что она будет с подходящим климатом и условиями, а не ад. Огромное количество технологий для исследования составных частей кораблей, построек, развития жизни, шпионажа, саботажа, вплоть до манипуляций со звездами и создание своих планет! Плюс к этому добавить черные дыры, космические штормы, руины древних цивилизаций, туманности и прочие космические объекты, которые разнообразят Ваши исследования. И конечно же противники. С реальными игроками будет практически не возможно играть в силу долгих ходов каждого, а боты прекрасно подходят для компаньонов. Они вполне интерактивны, а на высоких уровнях сложностях довольно сильны и могущественны, так что без просчета своих ходов тут не обойтись.

В общем, если есть желание быть в своего рода "песочнице" галактических масштабов, то эта игра идеально подойдет. В ней нет современной ультраграфики, крутой музыки, интригующего сюжета, но тем не менее, она стоит того, что бы в нее играть.

P.S. В свое время купил диск с ней за 50 рублей. На распродаже в steam'е урвал за 45 рублей. Думаю, даже сейчас она стоит свои 200 рублей.
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Игра если честно шикарнейшая , но на эту версию руссификатор встаёт криво... дальше смотрите сами)
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Опубликовано: 8 февраля 2014
Space Empires IV is like a truly complex, four course meal. The flavors are nuanced, will challenge the faint of heart, and if you trust the chef and stick with it to the end, is truly satisfying.

I spent hundreds of hours on the predecessor to SEIV, and the terrible graphics but amazing gameplay of SEIII will live in my memory forever. Space Empires IV is a worthy successor. Unlike some sequels, SEIV builds on what made SEIII great, preserving the best features and adding lovingly rendered graphics, enhanced ship design features, more technologies, bigger galaxies, better AI (although this is probably the greatest weakness of the series), and more.

If you've never played 4X games before, SEIV is a heavy entry title. It does have a steep learning curve, and only those who truly love micromanagement will ever appreciate the deep complexity at the core of this title. It's possible to play without getting bogged down in the details as a variety of assistants can be turned on to help manage minutia like build queues, research, and the like. I'm not that familiar with them as I never play with them on, but I'd imagine they would help if you're just getting in to the game.

The real brilliance of SEIV is the extensive technology tree and the infinite variations in how it can be applied. Over the many hours I've spent with this game, I've tried countless variations on technology applications, and there is no one true path to victory. Many exist, they are all fun, and contribute greatly to the near-infinite replayability of this title.

When you get tired of the base game, the second greatest feature of SEIV kicks in -- it's very open to modding, and a strong community of modders exists for the game, with simple mods like technology tree augmentations to extensive mods like Star Wars or Star Trek "mode" mods. Whatever you want, it either exists or wouldn't be hard to make.

Needless to say, I'm a big fan of this game. If you're new to 4X games, you might want to come back to this one after getting into the genre a bit more. If you're a 4X pro and want to embrace a true challenge -- this is the game for you.
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Do you fancy 4x games? Like Civilization series? Go ahead! buy it, its totally worth 10$ or less (if you can find it on sale).
I've owned a retail disc since 2004 and probably have clocked more than 2000 hours. Its so re-playable. Even after years of gameplay, It surprises me with new things I've failed to discover earlier.


11/10 will forget engines in their first ship designs.


!! Update: For those who can't decide between SE IV or SE V !!
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If you want the to experience a better game in terms of gameplay and are okay with outdated graphics and 2-D view, pick SE IV one over SE V. Not only its fast, it has a simple and neat UI and is bug free (atleast to me, havn't found a single one in 10 years).

But if you want better graphics and can tolerate occasional bugs and sluggish performance at times, go for the SE V.
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90.6 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 6 октября 2014
Fantastic 4x game. I can't tell you the number of hours I've sunk into this title. (I owned this game long before it was available on steam.)

Pros:
Truly massive empires - On the larger settings you can fight for control of hundreds of star systems, each with potentially a dozen or more planets.
Tons of empires - not only can your empires be big, but there can be a LOT of them. I've had games with as many as thirty separate empires competing with each other.
Deep Customization - You have the ability to change every aspect of your empire, from how fast they are able to repair ships to how well ground troops fair in combat. You get to choose the type of atmosphere your species breaths, and even which unique tech or traits they possess. (Are you mechanoids immune to plagues? Are you natural merchants? etc)
Complete ship customization - You assemble ships module by module. Similar to Endless Space, but vastly more detailed.
Tons of weapons and technologies - the tech tree is vast, and there a ton of weapon types. You can focus on missiles, torpedos, beams, high-energy discharge, weapon disabling, shield disruption, phased weapon, etc. The list goes on. (Not to mention troops, mines, and fighters.)

Cons:
Graphics: are serviceable, but nothing to write home about.
Interface: Difficult to understand when you are first beginning. Not too bad once you get the hang of it.
Diplomacy: This is the one area where SEIV struggles; diplomatic options are not well described, and nor well fleshed out. However, you can make enemy empires protectorates and stuff, so that's a nice touch.

Overall, I highly recommend this game if you're a fan of Turn Based 4x games.
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70.2 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 23 июля 2014
I got this game when it first came out (release date Nov 6, 2000), I have like a gazillion play hours before Steam. I used to love this game. I've tried to get back into it after not playing it fora few years, and I gotta say, I'm completely bored with it.

Sure, you can mod it to death. You can customize your ships. You can have tactical combat. You can do so many things.

However every game plays the same pertty much. AI always plays the same. They'll be your friend and ally one turn and at war the next and you'll never figure out why. Once you go to war, you stay at war forever. And the AI is very weak opponent. Even setting the AI to the highest difficulty and teaming them all against you, and giving yourself as many negatives as you can, it's still boring and easy. Tactical combat is usually the same too. Example, you attack a planet, it has defenses, so one turn you move in, shoot at the planet and move out of range of their weapons, and so on and on. Same for combat, it's a game of who can kill the other first with ranged weapons. And the AI doesn't build large combat ships, just small to medium. I've modded the crap out of that and still they won't build large ships.

The point I usually get bored is when I own a fourth of the universe, I know I'm going to win, it's just wiping out those last few empires. Sometimes when you wipe out a empires planets, it'll have a few ships around that you have to track down (they get free resource generation). I should mention the AI will never invade your planets or capture your ships, human only. And the AI will not design their ships with bombs of any kind. Yeah, I tried to mod that too.

Only time the AI does any good is if you setup the game with all techs known. Unfortunately this gets boring fast, the fun is supposed to be researching them. And the AI always researches the same techs, in the same order, every game. Thinking back, I'm wondering why I even liked this game in the first place, well back in 2k it was fun. As with all these games, each turn gets longer and longer. You can let the AI build for you, but you'll come to learn that is a mistake as it will build things you don't want or need and it will tie up your resources constanly upgrading everything, you can turn that off, but then micromanaging your empire is a total pain.

I should mention that if you don't setup the game with the setting 10 planets each (has to be equal for all players, not changable) or good planet conditions, then the AI might not get rolling at all, and sit the whole game with just it's homeworld(s). Makes for a really boring game.

This game will on occassion crash due to memory errors or a floating point error. It had that pre-Steam too. So turn on autosave.

You'll enjoy it for a while, and then figure out every game pretty much plays the same and move on to something else.
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Perhaps one of the bright shining gems of the 4X genre. I have been playing this game for over a decade. While I do have long breaks of playing it in between, it is the only game in the past 14 years that I can come back to and still have an urge to play.

So what is it in this game that keeps drawing me back after 12 years of playing? For me it is the crazy amount of micro-management. Being able to fully custom lines and series of ships for my fleets is almost as exciting as executing the winning tactics in battle with the aforementioned ships. The AI does leave something to be desired so I do recommend using modifications which are very simple to use and install and run. (download mod launcher, download mod, run launcher, select mod, run game)

If you have been on the fence about purchasing this game, then I suggest you take the plunge and try it out. I have easily over 1000 hours into this game over the past 12 years. Even by today's standards I'd give this a solid 10/10 and very competitive with modern 4X strategies (aside from the graphics)


There is also a relatively active community behind this game at www.spaceempires.net.
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SEIV is on my list of top 3 strategy games ever and will stay there. It reminds me a lot of Master of Orion II, though more complex and with option for mods.

I've spent over 100 hours on one match, where did all that time come from... Only other game that I've gotten this into was probably Civ III and still sucks me in sometimes. Overall I definitely recommend this game. It is the only game yet that has impressed me enough for a review. Grade A strategy title that I know I got my money's worth from.
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I really like this game. It's a complex 4X where you can customize just about everything, and even build a Dyson Sphere*. With a ton of races, you have a nice variety to choose from, but you can still custom taylor one to fit your play style. My only issue is that it can be hard to get into and in the beginning, it can be tough to keep up with the AI lategame. But hey, practice makes perfect.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyson_sphere
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A really fun and addictive game with immense customization options and a pretty extensive tech tree.
The tutorial is very helpful if you complete the whole thing. It explains most of what you need to know to get started, and get past the learning curve, which for someone like me (lack of paitence to learn), a lot of the game is quite intuitive. You can look around and get an idea of how things work, rather than being completely overwhelmed.

I must admit, I have yet to explore a lot of the features in this game, but for what I've seen already, I really enjoy it and find myself wanting to play more.
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Опубликовано: 6 декабря 2010
One of the greatest space-strategy games I have played. A gem that offers unequaled opportunities. The graphics may be behind our time and what we are used to, but the game offers great immersion and game depth. Highly customizable, when it comes to your race, spacecrafts, galaxies etc.
Warning: Highly addictive!
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Space Empires is a great turn-based 4x strategy game. Lots to do, whether crafting your own unique empire, or playing as an default empire, you can have fun building massive fleets and subjigating other races.

I prefer Space Empires IV to its successor, as its not as slow to start off as Space Empires V & it doesn't have the ridiculous system exploration mechanic.
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The interface can be annoying sometimes. And the graphics are really startlingly bad in places. But the gameplay is fun and the level of complexity is just awesome.
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Опубликовано: 23 мая 2015
Deep strategy, tons of fun.

However, the graphics and depth will deter casual players.

If that doesn't deter you, this game is for you.
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One of the Best 4Xs. Great depth, and still plays well after all this time.
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Decent game. Simple but easily addictive. There aren't as many annoyances as some other space strategy games I've played, and it doesn't feel too bland either.
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Опубликовано: 26 марта 2013
Just an absolute class 4x Turn Base Strategy. Still works better than the sequel iteration. And so much less buggy. Replability is very very high. And the amount of customization is astounding with a very light weight modding development environment. (Pretty much a text based comma seperated database). Graphics are old school but so worth the enjoyment you get out of this 4x.

A definite 5/5.
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