Listen guys, with BE out, and all. I've played it at a friends house, and I'm actually stupfied at what has happened to the civ francise. I mean don't get me wrong, it was DECENTLY ABOVE AVERAGE but that being said, that makes it the second worst civ game, ever. Because, civ games are NOT decent, they are NOT subpar, they ARE awesome, and ARE creative.
With that being said, I watched many reviews to Pandora first contact. Mainly Totalbiscut on youtube, and I have to say. For all the 'bad' he said this game has. I find it kind of cool, and awesome. Lets go ahead and kill a bird with a very logical stone.
This game is made to ♥♥♥♥ you off, because it's built with the mentallity of how an actual colonization would look like. It's difficult to master, with simple controls, and it's all the best things in the world.
Now as for being a true alpha centari successor. No. It's not, and it's not because of plot. Plot is not really here in the game, because some AI don't work to their backstory. I mean the Terra Salvum, agurabbly one of one of the most overpowered early game factions. Is not really partial to clean earth, since they don't really get unhappy when I build mines. Like wise, they don't get happy, when I surround them with forests.
So yeah, big let down on that one, but I digress. Because, though plot takes a good chunk out of the atmosphere there is still something to work with. Like wise, the team made the extra effort to include cutscenes, and those things gotta be difficult. So you can add a bit of razzle dazzle to the game.
Now why would I recommend this game?
Well BE is cool, but it's just a basic reskin of Civ 5. It doesn't come close to CivAC so, I mean yeah, it's subpar. It's also easy, compared to what people MAY think.
Now, Pandora, though you can't control the aliens as a faction power. You can build your own customizable units, and I think firaxis spoiled us with XCOM because my god that was just beastly. But, here it's simple, and it's good. Sometimes less is more, and more is less you know?
So if I had to give this game a rating, it's flawed, but its a masterpeice...in a way. So, lets say I give it an 8/10 is that too high? Maybe, because I've grown to love the game, but in reality, I'm going to give it something slightly less.
+Unique customization options (Able to creat anti air, vehicle, bio, mech units, which is badass.)
+Dialouge is a bit slapstick with comedy, which is awesome.
-Ai don't adhere to their written nature.
-There is no control map...****
A very good game, not great, but it's good. So catch it on sale, or buy the DLC pack, because it's gonna give your money's worth, plus it'll take a good chunk out of your life with it. Ja ne.