Great game. Had this a few years ago and bought it here on Steam.
What is so good about this game, is the sheer replayability. Theres so so much to do and have a go at, from making your own Races, designing your own ships and trying out new Technology.
You could make a race thats very war like and set ot to build the biggest ships possible and arm them to the teeth or make a race thats super good at trade and diplomacy and achieve victory through words.
The Tech tree is crazy big and it keeps on surprising and delivering, so you could edit your race to try out new things the next time you play.
Your game options are very good to depending on what sort of game you want to play. You could have a relitively smooth game with no events and few other races to encounter or, go nuts and have severe events and a lot of races as just examples.
Only lil critisism I have, and its ony minor, it doesnt ruin gameplay at all, is the music in game tends to be on a massive loop and the music selection is a lil limited, so you could hear the same song being played over and over again, before it changes track, just to do it again. But as I said, its nothing bad.
All in all, worth a pick up, you wont be sorry and you will come back to it over and over again. Totally recommend if you like strategy and space age stuff!