Massive scale 4X-RTS set in space. Control hundreds of planets, manipulate galactic politics, research numerous advanced technologies, and command thousands of units and hundreds of planets in your quest for galactic dominance.
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Release Date: Mar 27, 2015
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March 23

Star Ruler 2: v1.0.0 Update - March 23rd

As we ramp up for Star Ruler 2 leaving Early Access with the release of our v1.0.0 build, we'd like to thank everyone who participated in making SR2's beta phase a success. Your feedback and suggestions have been crucial in helping us shape this 4X RTS strategy game into something we're very proud of!

As always with our updates, you can read about some of the highlights here, or scroll down for a full detailed changelog.

Megaconstruction

A number of new technologies have been added containing new megaconstructions to build. Megaconstructions require the mining of ore from asteroids, and culminate in the construction of your very own Ringworlds:



More Shipsets!

In addition to new enhancements to the Volkur shipset, two new shipsets each with many new ship models have been added.



Support Behaviors

Support ships can now be designed to follow one of several preset behaviors. When equipped with ammo stores, certain behaviors also let your support ships temporarily detach from the fleet and perform independent raids on the enemy fleet!



Full Changelog
Added
  • Added support ship behaviors
  • Mono and Nylli can use "Colonize this" automation.
  • Mono can build FTL breeder reactor building.
  • Add Mining Laser, Cargo Storage, Ore Processor, Construction Bay and Liquid Armor subsystems.
  • Add Space Elevator building.
  • The AI now tells you how it feels about you on the diplomacy screen. Hover over the mask showing its mood to get a more detailed breakdown.
  • Add a keybind to tell a fleet to cancel all orders and stop moving.
  • Added various new models for different types of objects.
  • Add Coolant System, Payload Amplifier and Smoothed Mechanism weapon modifiers.
  • Add Artificial Planetoid, Star Forge and Vacuum Telescope megaconstructions.
  • Feyh ships must now contain Shrines for the crew to pray at. Praying shields the ship from harm. (Thanks Darloth!)
  • Updated Volkur shipset with new PBR shaders and a bunch more models!
  • Added Ringworlds!
  • Pressing 'z' will zoom to the currently selected object and follow it with the camera until you pan.
  • Added two new Shipsets, 'Mechanica' and 'Moirai'!
Changed
  • Gates are now designable stations.
  • Mono FTL cost for population transfer takes into account gates, tears and wormholes.
  • Cyllium now rotates a variable number of artifacts that expire.
  • FTL Crystals level 4 and 5 abilities are swapped.
  • Planet support capacity now depends on and increases with planet level.
  • Some asteroids now contain Ore that needs to be mined with mining lasers.
  • Destroying a Black Hole now causes much more widespread destruction.
  • Tractor beams now work when passing through wormholes, slipstream tears or gates.
  • Engine types and size now affect ship turn rate. If only using graviton engines, the ship does not need to turn to move.
  • Updates some music tracks.
Fixed
  • Mono can't transfer population while being annexed.
AI
  • Various improvements to the designs the AI creates.
  • AI now builds asteroid mining bases.
  • AI can use all FTL types.
  • AI can use all races.
  • The AI's diplomatic actions will be influenced by how you interact with it and its allies and enemies.

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March 9

Star Ruler 2 - Launching March 27th

We're pleased to announce that Star Ruler 2 is slated for release out of early access this March 27th! Among the new features that will be coming in our 1.0 build are megaconstruction, improved asteroid mining, more ship and orbital models and artwork and improved AI!

Check out the video below for our new trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OFhVtqfDBQ

Be aware that starting the week prior to release the price of the game will be going up by $5 to $24.99, so there are only two weeks left to buy in at the lower early access price!

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Reviews

“Star Ruler 2 expertly balances complexity in gameplay with an intuitive, easy to pick up system for players.”
'Recommended' – eXplorminate

About This Game

Star Ruler 2 is a massive scale 4X/RTS set in space. Explore dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of systems in a galaxy of your choosing, expand across its planets, exploit the resources you find, and ultimately exterminate any who stand in your way. The fate of your empire depends on your ability to master the economy, field a military, influence galactic politics, and learn what you can about the universe.

Galactic Economy

Colonize planets, each with one of dozens of resources, working in unison to create bustling centers of production. The resources you choose matter, and will guide your empire and its conflicts throughout the entire game.

Custom Ships

Design ships that fit your needs, strategies, and tactics using our new 'blueprint painting' approach to ship design. Quickly and intuitively lay out the armor, weapons, engines, and internals of your vessels.

Politics with Power

Diplomacy and influence gathering are reinvented as a core mechanic of the game, giving meaningful alternative options to players and serving as a platform of interaction both between players and AIs as well as humans in multiplayer. Harness your influence to annex territory, spy on enemies, aid allies, and more! You truly have the opportunity to affect the political landscape.

Massive Scale

Running on our internally developed Starflare Engine, Star Ruler 2 is able to make full use of multi-core cpus, and runs on both 32 bit and 64 bit machines. The size of a galaxy is only limited by your hardware and ambitions!

Intricate Research

Expand your knowledge through a grid of numerous technologies, big and small. Improve nearly every aspect of your empire.

Complete Moddability

You can modify the gameplay, graphics, interface, and virtually every other facet of the game through scripts and data files, giving unprecedented freedom to the modding community to implement any feature they want. Use the in-game mod editor to add or change most content, and upload your mod to the Steam Workshop!

Full Multiplayer

Star Ruler 2 features complete multiplayer support with up to 28 players and AIs in the same game.

Games above 8 players or in galaxies of several hundred systems may exceed the capacity of a typical home connection. Consider playing very large games on LAN.

Cross-Platform Support

Star Ruler 2 supports both Windows and Linux, with all game features supported fully on and between both operating systems.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: SSE2 Capable processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD or Nvidia Graphics card w/ 512MB RAM, OpenGL 2.1 Support
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Hardware requirements not final. Broadband required for internet play.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 or AMD Phenom II
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 460 w/ 1GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux
    • Processor: SSE2 Capable processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD or Nvidia Graphics card w/ 512MB RAM, OpenGL 2.1 Support
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Hardware requirements not final. Broadband required for internet play.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 or AMD Phenom II
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 460 w/ 1GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Star Date: Wrote this on Patch 1.0.0
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Captain's Log: Have been playing 4x Space Games since I was in elementary school starting with MOO, SE, Gal Civ, Stars!, etc. If there's been a good 4x game, I've probably at least tried it.

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Combat Systems Ready:

(+) Diplomacy - Faction on Faction diplomacy is simple enough. All of the basic functions are there. What really stands the game out is the innovative card system. Use influence to purchase cards to suggest new universal regulations such as annexing a rival's system or declaring your own homeworld as the home of the Galactic Senate. Buy other cards to support your own proposals while rejecting those of your rivals. Manipulate other empires to join your crusade against your enemies lest they remember your wrath in their future proposals. The possibilities are extremely deep and I'd place this as the #1 innovation for SR2.

(+) Ship Building / Planet Building - Ships you build tile by tile. The larger you build a gun and it's subsystem, the stronger it'll be. Place armor around vulnerable areas such as the front but don't forget to neglect the rear lest the enemy sends in a pincer fleet. Planets have building room dependent on size. Each planet also has unique terrain features that seperate from other worlds. Depending on the terrain, buildings such as research labs and farms cost less so you'll have to plan accordingly to maximize your credits.

(+) Fleets - Most games you'll command 20 ships in the late game. Some give you a hundred. Here the basic unit of combat is the fleet. You build a capital ship and then attach up to hundreds of smaller support ships to that capital ship to fight. What results is hundreds of laser beams, missiles, cannons firing off at each other. Each ship is rendered and simply put, that's just awesome.

(+) Economy - I'm hesitant to label this as purely a strength. I find the economy a bit simple but more on a positive note than a negative note. For those who are used to the complexity of games such as Distant Worlds, SR2 will be a big downgrade. Each planet usually produces 1 resource. You then connect those resources to other planets that produce more complex resources to level them up and then you ship those complex resources to a major population center to level them up so they grow more and are more productive. What results is many resource worlds and a few concentrated centers in each empire. Now this does provide interesting opportunities such as allowing an apt leader to focus their attention on those major centers to deal the biggest damage. On the other hand, perhaps the regional capital is too difficult to assault and knocking out all of the food suppliers might be a more effective way to neutralize the population.... Overall, I'll label this a positve because for new players, it's simple enough to get into and only the most diehard captains of industry will feel bored with the economy of SR2.

(+) Tutorial - There's a lot of games that do the tutorial wrong or make it super confusing. SR2 did it right. It explains all you need to know to get started and does so in a UI-friendly manner.

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Out of Supplies

(-) Empire Customization: Yes you can customize by assigning your empire a unique government / space travel method and a few other features. You can also give your empire a portrait and which set of ships to use but that's about it. I'd have liked to be able to pick more bonuses for each empire such as maybe I'll take +10% budget but my ships do -10% damage or some trades like that. These are usually basics and for the game not to have them available was a bit of a let down.

(-) Tech Tree: The tech tree is a bit convoluted to look at. There's simply too many options being thrown onto a beehive grid that just disorients the eyes. Oh I need more budget, let me find how I can get to more business techs. Scan, scan, scan, oh there it is. Now I need more budget, oh the next tech and it's prerequisites for more budget is up here. It's just a bit too disorganized, especially for new players.

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Overall I'd give this game 8 fleets blowing up out of 10. You'll find some new features that are unique to this game such as fleet design and diplomacy done right. I didn't touch on this but moddability will surely fix some of the weaknesses such as the lack of empire customization so that's why I didn't weigh too heavily on that part.

Anyways, fleet battles are epic and hopefully we can see thousands of thousands of ships fighting one day over some backwater planet that was only made important because multiple fleets decided to clash over it. That's my dream and the dream of many 4x space lovers!

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I recorded the tutorial for those who want to see some gameplay of all the features:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWXO4cpcMoc

https://www.youtube.com/user/xBr0wnBear
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
My one regret about Star Ruler 2 is the lack of publicity it has gotten so far.

Star Ruler 2 is a very well made and polished game with several unique features that all come together quite convincingly. I'd say much more so than Star Ruler 1 ever accomplished.

The game focuses on the macro side of empire maangement but you can still build key facilities on planets and plan out your empire in some detail. The best new feature of the game is definitely the empire growth side of things. In essence, you are trying to advance a few key planets by supporting them with many less developed ones. It creates a very intricate chain of supply and demand that is also nicely automated enough that it doesn't get tedious.

Diplomacy is very well done and actually a big part of the game. This is the first diplomacy system in a long time that I wanted to dig into. There are diplomatic actions not only by competing empires, but by the general galactic community as a whole. And each faction gets to vote, and attempt to sway votes from other factions as well.

The combat and ship building have been redone and are now very much more coherent. Combat hinges on massive flagships supported by multiple smaller ships which can play differing roles and tactics in combat.

There is a lot more to the game, but I'll just stop here and say that this is a title very much worth checking out if you like 4x RTS games or just space empire games in general. Give Star Ruler 2 a try. You won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
78.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
I would recommend this game to anyone whom enjoys large scale rts gameplay.

Ship customization from the first game is vastly improved with the ability to design module by module, piece by piece, and modding has been expanded as well giving it great customization ship wise, and datawise. Races are alright, and provide decent variety, but I suspect mods will greatly expand on the 'life style' system they developed.

Before release they removed both the bonuses from food/water, and faction customization, but this is worth it for all the other features they added. I feel the game was rushed abit out of the beta stage (with very huge updates back to back then release) but it's quite polished, and plays well so while it isn't as fleshed out as it could be it's quite enjoyable.

The political system ensures that even a tiny empire can have a serious impact on politics/gameplay, and allows for cunning/sneaky moves, as well as interesting meta developments like system names and the like.

Artifacts are interesting, worth fighting over, and game changing, and due to the way tractor beams work can be stolen/moved allowing for yet more cunning ploys.

Overall I'd say this is the Space RTS with the most overall features in terms of both variety, and impact in that politics, artifact hunting, research, ship design etc. all come together and blend seamlessly.

If you want a more compact/in depth experience regarding economics, and possibly a better (depending on opinion) tech tree go distant worlds universe, if you want a RTS with a focus on balance, variety of options, and multiplayer go star ruler 2.

Edits will be made from this point forward to account for mods n such.

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75 of 78 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Early Access Review
I do not even know where to begin. There are some amazing ideas in this game, and it seems a lot of polish even during early access. The diplomacy is unique and very complex, with influence and interactions that feel very very real. The planetary resource systems are facinating to me, as is the resulting trade networks that grow organically. The ship builder is actually better than the first Star Ruler, which had an amazing ship builder. FTL was weak in Star Ruler 1, here there are 5 different methods each unique and tactical. Combat seems solid, managable, and interesting. The flagship system means that you are ordering around fleets, not ships, but you still have a nice amount of control and the ship numbers are amazing. Everything is . . . perfect.

I'm a highly critical gamer with jaded tastes. I've been dissappointed by one 4x game after another. MoO3, Endless Space, Sword of the Stars 2, all sad memories. Even Galciv and Distant Worlds weren't quite good enough for me. I have never been so completely blown away just playing a tutorial, realizing the depth of the systems I'm seeing laid out in front of me. Assuming there is nothing horribly wrong with this game that is hidden from me currently . . . well damn, I'll say it, this might be the game that surpasses Master of Orion 2.

It's an overused cliche, but it fits with this game. Things could go wrong, the AI may turn out to be useless, or some other chronic mistake, but I don't think so. Star Ruler 1 was visionary and flawed, facinating but clunky. It seems they learned a lot from that game. Seeing this come from a small studio . . . I hope it gains the accolades it deserves. I also suspect modding will be amazing, since Star Ruler 1 had a wonderful modding scope, and I suspect they did the same here.

Buy this game. No seriously, if you like 4x gaming at all, buy Star Ruler 2. This isn't a game you buy just to support the ideas of the devs, though those ideas are amazing. This is the game I wish I had paid more for, because I think I cheated the devs and got way more than I paid for.
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53 of 54 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
66.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Having played for over 40+ hrs so far, my conclusion is that this is a solid 4x space game. Space 4x is my favorite genre and I've plaved many of them, and this game comes off as a very original and innovative game to me (have not played Star Ruler 1).

First off, the game is an RTS, but its really meant to be paused...a lot (early on at least), and thats ok. It takes quite some time to get the hang of how colonizing works, what to build, what orbitals do, how pressue works, etc. There is a wiki to help you with most things, and some things you have to figure out by trial and error. I've restarted quite a lot of games because I'd always realize something new I wasn't doing. Main thing is if it seems too complex, just hang in there, read the wiki, experiment and you will figure it out, and its well worth it, trust me!

-Research is nice, but the research screen could of been better. Easy to get lost, but it works.

-Ship design is daunting(for me). Others I'm sure will enjoy it. Thankfully you can have the AI design any size ship you want, or you can see what other players have designed and just use their ship!

-Diplomacy is unique, but good. Has a system where you can vote on certain propositions using cards and influence points. Has your standared treaties as well (don't need cards), like Alliance, Trade Treaty, Mutual Defense, etc.

-Exploration is nicely done as well. When you start exploring you can run into multiple things, like Debris Fields, which you can scan to bring up events in which you choose what you want to do. You can find Pirate ships guarding special items which will give you certain bonuses. There is also Artifacts to find in which you can spend energy to activate whatever bonuses they hold.

-Colonization is uniqe in this game as well, in which you constantly need to colonize planets for their resources in order to export them to planets you want to grow. It can get confusing, but pretty much how it goes is, growing a planet needs resoucres, and those resources need resources, and those resources need resources. Just pause the game, look at your surroundings, look at the planet you want to upgrade and it will tell you exactally what you need.

-Buildings can be constructed on each planet by the AI and user. The user can build things like Research complexes, Labor Factories, Megafarms, and more, the AI builds smaller buildings helpling the planet as it grows. You can also build Orbital structures that go in space, like shipyards, supply stations, outposts, etc. Careful on what you build though, they come at a hefty maintaince cost.

-Economy is done well in this game. You get income from population and "Income Pressue" and you have maintaince costs from buildings and ships. Every 3 minutes you will get cash based on the difference in your income and maintaince. So you can spend all your money and once the 3 minutes is up you will get another sum of money to spend in that time, based off the difference in Income and Maintanice. Seems confusing but it works nicely.

-Combat consists of having a flagship with multiple support ships under its wing. Those support ships can specialize in missles, rail guns, lasers, rockets, etc. The flagship has a certain amount of support capacity, which means you can only carry so many support ships. Your ships move in which your flagship is in the middle and the support ships make a big circle around it, so its like a circle of death. Combat is real time and you can zoom in to see the action, but its pretty much just a bunch of balls of death shooting at one another, but it works for me. Although ship building and making your fleets can be confusing.

-UI is only ok in this game for there are many things I wish they would of done. Can easily lose track of what you have building.

-Graphics and Sound are just average, if not below par. Graphics never mean much to me in these types of games, and the soundtrack didnt do anything for me. Effect sounds are ok at best.

-Scale can be whatever you want to be. You can choose from multiple types of universes and even ones with multiple universes, so you can make a game however big or small you want.

Overall this is a solid game that id give an 7.5/10. It might take a bit of getting used to, but its really fun once you get the hang of it. One of the better space RTS games to come along since Sins of a Solar Empire.
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44 of 44 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Early Access Review
A hidden gem in the space RTS genre

I haven't had much time to put into this game as of yet but so far I am loving how everything fits together. This is a complex game that doesn't have a big learning curve and is extremly addictive. Below i will describe the elements I like and some improvements that could be made.

Empire Management:
In most space rts games your star systems are pretty much self reliant and doesnt require reasources to travel from one system to another. Here, if you want to have a powerful industrial/economic/science system you will need that primary stystem to have trade connections to other systems. Each planet can level up, increasing the population and amount of structures that can be built on them but to level up the planet must meet certain reasource requirements (example to get to level 1, a planet must import food and water from both a food and water planet). What this does is allows the player to have multiple home worlds that have a specific purpose (industrial,economic,science) thus opening up a wide range of tactics an enemy can use to damage an empire. It's difficult to explain but once you see it for yourself it makes perfect sense.

Fleet Management
the combat in this game is all about building fleets and the start of every fleet begins with a flagship. Once you have a flagship built you can link multiple support ships, the only limit being the number of support points a flagship has and that number gets bigger the larger the flagship is so a size 100 flagship may only support a size 300 support fleet whereas a size 500 flagship can support 3000 using the right modules. Which brings us to....

Ship Design
Like other space RTS games you can design the internal specs of your falgships and support ships (weapons, armor, shields, command and control modules ect) which allows you to change your tactics when approaching an enemy. Maybe you want a flagship designed around amassing a huge fleet, or a flagship that is a WMD, its all whatever you make of it.

Combat
Support ships will always stay in formation with the flagship so managing which supportships go with which flagship is not an issue as they are linked. This makes it easy to coordinate offensives and defenses with multiple flagships. in combat your flagship targets an enemy flagship (or whatever target you specify) and the fleet engages. It's very simple with the fleet management that is implemented here and it looks epic when you have massive fleets duking it out.

Diplomacy
This is the crown jewel imo. In most space rts's diplomacy takes a backseat with very limited options. Here it's a card game.... Not kidding, it's all about using influence (a reasource you aquire from specific planets) to buy cards that pop up from time to time. Certain cards are very desirable and your enemy may buy them before you do if you aren't quick enough. For example certain cards allow you to capure an entire solar system without ever firing a shot. Such cards when you use them bring up a galactic vote where you can use negotiation cards to win favor and it turns into a game of who has the more votes wins! It's pure genius and much like how politics works in real life. (it's all about political capital)

There are some things that could use some improvement but i expect some of these things could be handled with mods. For example there could be more ship designs and different ship formations. The graphics are also not stellar (no pun intended) but that also allows for bigger fleets and smoother gameplay (I haven't run into any latency at all). A storyline would also help not only get new people into the game and learn the mechanics but also immerse people into the lore of the game.

I think that's enough from me, this is a must buy for any fan of the space RTS genre that crushes others like it. I'm suprised I only heard of this after scrolling through page 10 of steam's top sellers in the strategy section.
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42 of 44 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
55.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Early Access Review
Just really good. The UI is intuitive and beginners can easily get into this game. Multiplayer is enjoyable and it supports over 20 players, which is mad to think about. Galaxies can have as many systems as you want and you can even build more than one galaxy. You can even blow up a blackhole!

These are my favourite features of the game.

  • The race and FTL you choose can drastically change how you play the game.
  • Ship design can be fully customized with gun, armour and engine placement and much more. Having no armour in the back will leave your ships vulnerable in the back when retreating, for example.
  • Ship AI can be customised, ships can be made to attack in the rear or to shoot from afar, very impressive.
  • Buildings on planets can be placed but civilian buildings will automatically be generated based on the pressure of the planet (a resource to determine how much the population build)
  • You can build moon bases, halo-esk ring worlds, ship yards, customisable orbital stations and customisable gateways. Content like this just makes it more enjoyable.
  • The resource, democracy and research mechanic is much better than it was in Star Ruler 1 and is really enjoyable.

Some criticisms:

  • The AI is hard, even on easy, so I would recommend playing with passive AI first. You need to expand or you will be out-expanded by the AI, I wish you could create a more quality over quantity empire but an AI is a computer and the larger they get, the more they can do.
  • It needs to feature more modules for the ships, there were tons in Star Ruler 1 but not as many here.
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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
323.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Early Access Review
This will be my longest review of a game ever for me , I am over 40 gamer and all those years, I thought they forgot how to make an indepth game. Now enters StarRuler 2 this game is great from top to bottom it keeps giving and giving.

RTS customize and make your maps and systems in space till it fit you and your friends.
so many options.
Design and test ships before you ever go into battle !
The economy and way you look at your planets linked together is just wow good to say the least
Game Play smooth as glass , never lagged once and this game is in beta !
Huge Huge Huge battles and Ships design vs ship design is a challenge!
I love that a friend logs on to spectate a game we have been playing for hours and can just hop right in and play or watch!
How many games have diplomacy that is a joke? alot This one I still dont know all the things you can do but the things you can do are sweet. Boost stystem output , increase cap ship stats ect.
I felt i owed the Star Ruler 2 Team a thank you for a game with some depth and fun! Hours of FUN so
Thank You! been long long while sence my friends and I had a great RTS! IN SPACE thats it for now
If you like space RTS multi player this is the game for you!
Did i mention you can generate a star or planet that is just to cool!
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25 of 25 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
197.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Early Access Review
I loved the first, though it had its problems and I love this iteration even more.

Star Ruler 2 takes the good things from SR1 and makes the great.
Diplomacy? Redone and changed entirely from the now 'staple' civilization-style diplomacy system, for the better in the extreme.
Ship Design? Early in its design but the overall idea is far better and really only needs more hull types and subsystems to be better than SR1's system.
Economy? Truly beautiful. Possibly complicated or difficult to manage for some, but they are definitely adding things to streamline it- from autoimporting resources at the click of a mouse to a "Planets" tab that lets you glance at the page and see your entire economic trade network instantly. A breath of fresh air from the fragility and unimportance of the planets in SR1, the planets in SR2 are very important especially when you take the time to upgrade their Tier.

I realize this review is rather unspecific regarding the game mechanics, but I feel a lot of the other reviews cover them well enough and the nuances of the mechanics are technically still liable to change anyway. I mainly write this review just to add another voice of support to this beautiful craft of love from Blind Mind Studios.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Early Access Review
Being a long term fan of Star Ruler, I picked up Star Ruler 2 out of sheer devotion to the developers. Thankfully, after playing the game, I can say that the loyalty was well deserved. Where Star Ruler was a game of potential, but lacking little polish, Star Ruler 2 is a game that has ample servings of both. Wether you are looking to build a massive empire, or just see glorious battles of sheer carnage, Star Ruler 2 will sate your cravings.

Still in Beta, the game already has most of the groundwork that will enable it to be played for hours on end. Be it the designing of ships from the bottom up, the beatiful beams of light sending ships to their oblivion, or the much more accessible UI, the game is a testament to developers who have a vision, and though they have made mistakes along the way, aren't above learning from their mistakes to create a better game. They have taken what works from the original game and worked it into a much higher quality version.

The accessibility of the developers is also a huge plus to this game. Whereas many titles on early access have a hit or miss relationship with the developers, often times devolving into sporadic comments on a monthly basis, the Star Ruler 2 team has taken the initiative to integrate an IRC into the game, allowing instantaneous, or near to depending on work/sleep schedules, interaction with the developers.

If you are interested in playing an Early Access game done right, and want to see your own ships, or the enemies, blowing up in the process, Star Ruler 2 is the game for you.
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77 of 116 people (66%) found this review helpful
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61.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Early Access Review
Don’t get me wrong its a good game but If you have been playing Star Ruler 1 and think this is an improvement to that stop right here.

Lets first go over the things missing in Star Ruler 2.

Economy: You no longer have a galactic bank with credits, food, metal, electronics, advance parts and luxury items. Nope your planets basically run themselves without the need for these in fact what they need are items you have to import from others in a glorified connect the dots experiment.

Your income doesn't pool up instead your on a budget that resets after every cycle.

Research is capped in that you cannot level a type of research over and over instead there are x amount of research options with x amount cost involved in unlocking them.

Some changes in shipbuilding schematics:

Firstly now most support ships don’t have a power requirement unless you research shields and give them those.

Schematics now called designs abandon the old way of doing it and now use hexes that you place on a hex grid. While this sounds good at first you will quickly be asking yourself, why can I specify size of my ship then still have to scale things on the hex-grid compared to adding different size components in like in Star Ruler 1.

Additionally this system is a bit strange in my opinion. If you create a probe using 3 hexes it will cost more than a fully fledged out scout ship?

Mining asteroids is your fancy? Well give up here you wont be making civilian ships anyway... yip no more miners, traders, colonizers, repair ships, scanning ships, heck military vessels don’t even have boarding parties.

All this aside the game gets you in combat quickly and fleets are controlled by flag ships that replenish their support ships which make the game allot easier to micromanage so you can get straight to the combat.

Overall I understand many gamers are put off by StarRuler 1 however Star Ruler 1 is the most unique game in its genre and the most complicated. Its a jewel that this game is not even close to.

As for this game I personally think Sins of the solar empire is more fun. Want space combat? That game has awesome graphics too!

Now only if Star Ruler 1 was on linux like this game is I'd play so much more. 1 up to the developors for supporting another OS in this build!
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Early Access Review
Its a fun game, and I cannot wait for the future additions.

Additions I would like to see:

Expanded ship designer
- Ability to create the hull design
- Weapons and exterior subsystems visible on the ship in-game
- Hull deformation and subsytem destruction visuals

Fighters
-Hangars to carry fighters/bombers

Planetary Assault
-Troop carriers to assault planets
- Ground assaults could add many different strategic options
- Either bomb planet from orbit(destroys facilities and population) or ground assault (facilities intact, population intact for the most part, longer to capture than orbital bombardment, chance the defenders could hold off attack)
- Addition facilities (bunkers, air bases, fortresses) locations could increase defense value, ie. fortress in mountains vs on a plain.

These probably wont be implemented but I could hope, since these would, for me at least, make the game even better.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Early Access Review
What I REALLY like:

+++++ The battles... awsome.. just awsome. 5 stars there.
+++++ The whole idea about building a fleet around a flagship and just adding support ships is genius, fits perfectly in a RTS where you do not want to start rallying your ships and form your fleets and so on. Really easy to manage without getting lost.
+++++ The fact that you have a budget that you can spend and not treasury. It's indeed so in the real life macro economics.
+++++ Planetary buildings and the fact that you have developed and non developed areas. very cool! Not so many choices for buildings, but that is ok it brings the complexity down.
+++ You don't get lost in micromanaging your colonies, it's fairly easy and straightforward, you do not lose time with it.
+++ Ship designer is pretty cool, not as cool as SD1 though, but still
+++ The fact that you have resources, but not how you use them. Will get back to that.
+++ Galactic senate and the voting and influencing principles. Extremely cool, Could be more developed, so that there are more economic decisions and things that affect your gameplay more directly, but the idea is perfect.
+++ Artefacts, and anomalies. Niiice.
+++ Multiple galaxies
+++ Asteroids which you can mine

What wasn't quite like what I would have liked:

----- AI is not really challenging. I had 5 races in the game, one was hard. At some point I had like 25.000 points (diplomacy screen), and the hard computer had like 50.000. He started to subjugate other factions so I declared war to press the break for him. He had 0 ... none, zilch attack fleets. I conquered him in a matter of 20 minutes, bombed the planets did not want to occupy and good bye number 1...Everything he got in terms of military was stationed in orbit (only support ships) which I sniped from the distance with reaaaaally long range muon cannons. Which brings me to the next point:
--- You can lineary increase your weapon range wihout limit by just putting more of the same weapon module next to each other. Does that mean that if the weapon is bigger will shoot farther? didn't really feel ok, you should have a limitation somewhere. I built a Titan with ONE Muon cannon that can fire across the solar system
--- How the colonies evolve... completely dependent on one another. I think you should be able to upgrade your colonies somehow to get to level 5 on their own. Perhaps go into a direction (farming level 5, city planet level 5... and so on).
--- How resources are used: I would imagine that for building a ship you need resources like steel, iron whatever the ship is made of. This is what I was expecting.
I like for instance the idea in Sins of the Solar empire, where you accumulate resources and you need them to research build or as maintainance. This is something that I find realistic. Sending Explosives and Chemicals to a planet to increase it's level and still be a farming planet... well not really what I had in mind :-)
--- Import/export : Economics and trade does not work that way. A government does not impose which resource goes where (well maybe perhaps in communism it does). However, trading should be based on demand/supply and not on what you want when you want it.
- Diplomacy with other factions still needs work (I suppose it's beta this is why). No real espionage, and no real treaties actually. Completely non transparent on why they decline something when they do. Guess it's not ready


So from my point of view, on a 1 to 5 scale (1 is crap, 5 is excellent)

eXplore: 4.5
eXpand: 5
eXterminate: 4
eXploit: 4

From my opinion, it's worth the 20 bucks already, really good potential, wating for the final release, I think it will be one of the big 4X Games in 2015.
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50 of 78 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Early Access Review
Ive had the game for two days. I put 21 hours into it. I fap to images of stars now.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
112.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Early Access Review
I would give SR2 a 8.5/10.
Game is very much playable at this time already. Some features are still missing, as to be expected from Early Access, but given that I already enjoyed 100+ hours into this game, I'd say it already has more depth than many other games at release time.

Diplomacy is done exceptionally well, by utilising a card system constrained with influence points. It is very satisfying to conquer galaxy without firing a single shot, or forcing AI into perpetual servitude after blowing up his fleet.

Ship design is probably most OP fun right now, that will need to be fixed in the future. It is too easy to make a doom-mobile that clears whole star system at a time; hint - race to titan and antimater tech, then make an antimater beam titan of 2500 size, with only engines, beams and antimatter to power said beams (no supply or support modules). IT'll cost ~6M to make, and only 500k to maintain, use next to no supply, and beams will have range spaning full star system. Make 2 or 3, park them at the edge of the systems, and watch them wiping floor with any fleet that tries to engage. The game is basically won, as AI notices your military power and surrenders.

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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Early Access Review
From what I've seen of the game so far, it's really pretty unique and impressive. Some VERY deep systems that take a bit of time to wrap your head around, but the tutorial does a good job in helping you get your feet wet. I'm looking forward to seeing how this develops, but it's pretty solid and super fun even in this earlier stage. No reason to wait to jump in.

The resource and support system for developing worlds has a lot of depth, and requires a fair amount of thoughtful juggling to set up an interdependant web of support that will allow you to grow a few key worlds to higher levels. Makes protecting your trade lanes really important - something most 4X games simply overlook. Nice "crunchy" system like a lot of the elements of SR2.

I played a bit of SR1 and it never really snagged me, but I can already tell that SR2 is going to hook me into playing it for a long time.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Early Access Review
Well since Ive played this for a bit now ( I know, not too long. :P), I can already say that this game is going to be the shizz. I mean that in a positive sense. If you are into 4x you definately shouldnt sit out on this.

Pro:

+ the card based diplomacy system is so epic (buying cards for influence either to use on your own empire [renaming planets, flagships, cultivating planets etc..] or to use in interstellar senate votes [Negotiate, leverage, attach rider etc]
+ the combat system just feels so good... you build fleets with a flagship, and tons of smaller support vessels
+great music and sounds (the music in SR1 was great aswell, but its SFX were not too good... in SR2 both is awesome)
+ the colonizing system is well balanced. instead of having tons of well developed worlds, in SR 2 you have just a few, maybe even just 1

Neutral/to do/ to implement/ whatever:

0 The game is in early stages I know, thats why I put it in here and not into negative: It needs more ship systems
0 The tech tree could need more tech
0 More buildings
0 maybe more ressources

Negative:

-the techtree is Finite (Unlike in SR1, where you could research forever. I think that is a step back)
-you cant design support ships smaller than 1 .... I want my drones and fighters and such. :V
- too little traffic in between planets. we are talking about billions of population here. I know that this isnt gameplay relevant but it would be nice to actually have space roads full of civilians, traveling in between planets. ( In SR1 you could design automated ships that would do this,if you wanted, but in SR2 you cant.)

Dont get me wrong. The Negative aspects dont mean you shouldnt get the game. Its great, very playable, especially in Multiplayer with your friends. Its very stable and I hadnt even one bug or a crash or something like that.

If you are into 4x, give it a try.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Early Access Review
Blind Mind Studios followed up their first game, Star Ruler 1, by daring to be different and by trying some truly unique and fun things. The game, and perhaps the genre, is better for it. While at its core Star Ruler 2 is a game about building an economy through linking resources and exporting/importing them, the game is fun at every level of its mechanics.

The alien races are all varied and play very differently. From a race that focuses on its mothership to a race that requires network nodes to be close by to be at top strength, they are all different enough to provide very different gameplay and that offers significant replayability.

The diplomacy offers something new, and at times very exciting, with its card system, with which you buy cards and subsequently play them with accumluated influence points. The combat is fun and strategically engaging as you must determine proper balances/roles of your support ships and balance fighting enemy fleets with using your ships to invade and takeover enemy planets.

There's much more to like here and I could go on and on about how each of its facets are well balanced and fun, but at the end of the day if you like 4X games that offer strategic depth and unique gameplay styles with their various races and like/don't mind pausable real-time gameplay, then you shouldn't be reading this review anymore. Just buy it.

If you're a 4X turn-based gameplay grognard, you should still give it a lot of consideration. This game has more depth - yet accessibility - than most games, turn-based or not and the pausability of Star Ruler 2 allows me to never feel overwhelmed.

At $20, it's a steal.


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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
44.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Early Access Review
Star Ruler 2 expertly balances complexity in gameplay with an intuitive, easy to pick up system for players. Grandiosity is the order of the day for most aspects of the title, but players won’t get bogged down with micro-management, thanks to the game’s smart automation.

Despite having some drawbacks, in the form of a largely hands-off approach to planetary management and an overemphasis on exploitation of resources, Star Ruler 2 is nonetheless an extremely worthy entry into the 4X genre whose fast paced, detail-oriented management systems, and epic space battles are sure to please almost any strategy fan.

At this price point, the game is truly an absolute steal and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
54.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Early Access Review
So I played the first star ruler and loved the game, this game I can only say is better. They changed a lot of the mechanics of the game so when I first picked it up it felt like a completly new game. The way this game does fleets and fleet managment is in my opinion the best I have ever seen in any space RTS and I play a lot of space RTS games. The biggest issue in so many space RTS is that when battles start it always just a huge confusing mess, where as the flag ship/support ship mechanic solves this and keeps your ships in formation very well during massive battles. The customization in this game is spectacular as well. If you like building your own ships from scrap this is the game for you, while at the same time the base ship designs are viable though out the game and easy to update when you unlock new technologies. The trading system is also a lot of fun and gets you very invested in the expansion of your empire and looks amazing as you expand outward.
I highly recomend this game to any fans of space RTS, it is a lot of fun and only gets better with each patch.
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