Master of Orion: Collector's Edition includes:
The ascendant spacefaring 4X strategy game returns! A new chapter in the epic Master of Orion saga is poised to once again capture the imaginations of millions of gamers.
Master of Orion: Conquer The Stars is a strategy game best described as the streamlined version of Civilization in space, Graphically its eye candy and the limited number of races are beautifully animated and voice acted throughout. I got a huge buzz out of defeating Mark Hamills Alkari whilst the Meklar sounded exactly like the cylon centurions from the original Battlestar Galactica. Presentation wise the game is a joy and for me it certainly has that one more turn quality essential to a turn based game. It would be remiss to not mention that the game feels bare boned at the moment and doesnt have the overwhelming complexity of its competitors. The early exploration certainly feels lacking but the UI is extremely good and intuitive. If you love sci-fi and youve never played a 4X before this is probably the most fun one to start with.
Master of Orion is a new title in the classic series of the same name, the problem is that the thing that made these games classic was the new and interesting things that they did, this game does little of interest and takes no chances. The planets and areas you will take over are often similar and uninteresting, there are only 10 races that mostly feel pretty cliche at this point, and the gameplay itself is pretty standard for a genre that has been giving us a lot of games like this lately. The objectives you are given aren't interesting and the actions of other races might not make sense. What this game does well is having good negotiation screens with characters being very well voiced by actors from popular science fiction settings like Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, etc. The new real time combat also works well, gives you strategic options on the battlefield, in addition to how you design ships and the AI you set for them, and is entertaining to watch. It's just a shame that these great actors and good looking combat aren't in a more interesting, in depth, and better designed game. This isn't a bad game but I'd recommend Stellaris, Sins of a Solar Empire, and/or Endless Space (or likely the upcoming Endless Space 2) over this depending on what areas of gameplay interest you the most. The collectors edition includes the soundtrack, artbook, and an additional race (bringing the total up to 11). The new race isn't that interesting as they are basically humans with a different ideology. The soundtrack is good and the artbook might interest you if you are a fan of the game but it might be hard to tell before you buy it. What might make the additional price worth it is the inclusion of the original three games, if you are interested in those then this can be a good deal but ideally you would probably want this game to be better than and replace the original games and only want them for nostalgia. Can be worth an extra $10 if the added content interests you.
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