A fun, aesthetically pleasing space strategy game that is simply awesome!
Or atleast it would be if crucial game elements were fixed.
As it stands, 02-02-2014, several game features are severely lacking in polish and there are some design flaws that really jump out - such as any unmonitored battle being auto-calculated without taking into calculation such things as ship armour or shields, etc. which essentially makes the elaborate, fully customizable ship designing pretty much redundant.
Or the way that the AI can win the game without warning due to building a late-game Wonder-style building, which you recieve no notification of until it is already built and the game has ended with your defeat (though this building can be disabled by modding. But it's supposed to be a feature-complete, finished game, right?).
The game still do not feature alterable gameplay options, leaving you with only the options of adjusting video and audio.
The game's features such as customizing races are great, and the shipyard ship-designing is really fun - but if it doesn't matter in the slightest, it isn't really that much of a draw, is it?
I don't really think that I can recommend this game as it is at this stage. It has a lot of really cool stuff going for it, but when crucial elements of the game remains broken, that's really just bad. When (hopefully) they have been fixed or have become toggable (as indeed some of the problems seem to stem from the developer's design decisions), the game is definitely something to recommend.
But not in its current stage.
Posted: February 1st, 2014