Endless Space is a turn-based strategy, sci-fi 4X game developed by Amplitude Studios, and published by Iceberg Interactive.
In this review I will be listing some of the pros and cons that this game has to offer.
Let's start off with the pros:
+Beautiful soundtrack (one of my favourite tracks from the soundtrack is The Endless (Choir Version))
+The UI is fairly clean and nice looking, as it fits with the futuristic time period that the game takes place in.
+Creating and joining a game in Endless Space is easy and there is no annoying errors that prevent you from playing with your friends.
+The customization for the galaxy that you play in is great; and I also like how they added a option to set the galaxies age, I found that pretty cool.
+Animations and transitions for tabs and the hud are fluid and makes the UI more enjoyable to use.
+Decent amount of empires
+The empire names and appearance are amazingly made and drawn, I haven't seen one faction that I thought wasn't well made.
+The lore behind the empires (and the game), are crazily detailed with the perfect amount of text to back it up. Aside from that the actual stories are very intriguing, and I spent a long time reading them without losing a single bit of intrest.
+Custom race maker
+The perks for each race are a nice edition, like the Sophons being mainly scientific, but they are fairly weak, etc. (adds more thought put into choosing a race rather than just choosing a race because you liked their appearace.)
+Option to change your empire colour
+Endless Space has in fact the best artwork I've ever seen in a game, and the fact that some of the artwork is in the loading screens, makes the loading screens more enjoyable to look at.
+Optimization is great
+Backgrounds for the galaxy in-game look beautiful
+Ship design is phenomenal (My favourite ship designs are the Harmony, the Sophons, and the Automatons)
+Each star and planet are highly detailed and have great names
+Managing your solar systems (and tax) are very complex and requires a lot of attention if you don't want your empire going into rebellion.
+The research tree for the game is... just.... AMAZING. So many options, and sheer amout of research you can do, is just magnificent. Endless Space has the best research tree that I've ever seen in a strategy game; and is one of my favourite parts of the game, to be honest.
+Exploring through the vast galaxy is fun and simple to do
+Choosing different productions for each star system adds more strategic planning to do
+Random events are great and suprising
+Empire AI is superb
+Special planets are a nice addition
+Different types of ships (Colony, Defender, Scout, etc,) are good with their different stats and functions.
+The fact that they added a option for you to build your own type of ship and modify it for different jobs to do is just exceptional
+Space fights are cool
+Free camera movement and a locked camera for space battles
+Trade routes and just trading alone is fun
+Diplomatic screen looks beautiful and is very clean
+Many different type of resources and luxury resources
+Different actions (in a card shaped format) to choose from for you next space battle
+Population of a star system have their own opinions
+Graphics are decent
I think I'll stop listing pluses now, because I could list them forever.
Lets head on to the cons of Endless Space.
-Game breaking glitches here and there (for example, me and my friend encountered a glitch where the game was stuck on standby for 30 minutes, and never went to the next turn. We had to restart Endless Space and revert to our last autosave to fix it.)
-Don't turn on the A.I. to manage your star system, like if you turn on the A.I. for one star system, the A.I. may tear that star system down to hell, causing that one to go into rebellion. I don't really recommend turning the A.I. on for managing the star systems, manage it yourself.
-Graphics options are simple and not the detailed, not allowing you to tweak it for the best preformance.
well, I guess there isn't that much bad things about this game then.
Endless space is a outstanding game that is now one of my favourite strategy games, beautiful work Amplitude Studios!