StarDrive 2 is an exciting and evolutionary step forward for the StarDrive franchise. In this eagerly anticipated sequel, the core mechanics have evolved to incorporate a turn-based strategic layer, featuring spectacular realtime battles.Read full description
StarDrive 2 © 2015 Zero Sum Games. Developed by Zero Sum Games. Licensed exclusively worldwide to and published by Iceberg Interactive B.V. All brands, product names, and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. All rights reserved. Made in the USA.
StarDrive 2 is a 4X strategy game that combines turn based play for most of the game but show a real time combat screen for ship battles, a change from the original title which was a 4X and real time strategy game throughout. The games different forms of life offer some good or amusing looking creatures and choosing one to play as will give you traits that can give you bonuses or penalties to different areas, such as combat, research, diplomacy, etc very similar to other 4X games in that regard. While there is diplomacy the game will gradually pull everyone towards war as the game is meant to be won when you are the last civilization, there aren't any diplomatic or tech based victories. To further that every populace is shown to be xenophobic through a tolerance meter that decides what kind of diplomatic options you can take with other races. One of the better features if the ability to customize your ships with different loadouts, weapons, power, etc, I have not played the original but people seem to be saying that the options are less than what was in the first game. There is also ground combat that is poorly handled and feels like an unnecessary thing for you to watch or have control over. StarDrive 2 isn't a bad game but other games in the genre have just done it better. The Deluxe Edition includes a design journal and an art book with commentary on the game's art direction, both are nice to have if you have an interest in development or how decisions were made. Also included is the game's soundtrack, this includes some good tracks but it is fairly short. The price is reasonable if you have an interest in these things.
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