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
“Aspiring Master of Orion successor takes one giant leap forward.”
“StarDrive 2 feels like that game I used to sit around and dream about with my friends.”
“So, shall I say it? I shall indeed: StarDrive 2 is the best thing since Master of Orion. Period.”
8.7 – [Hooked Gamers]
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. As the galactic ruler of your race you will lead your people into a procedurally-generated galaxy, exploring and expanding your space empire to greatness. Exploit planets, navigate asteroid belts and overcome deep space dangers while handling interspecies relations to gain the upper hand. Conduct diplomacy and espionage, make alien friends that will deliver thriving trade treaties – or enemies that will seek to exterminate you at all costs. Research new technologies and design powerful warships to defend your claims. Discover the extensive lore of the StarDrive universe by encountering many dozens of anomalies, heroes, and galactic mysteries that will ensure no two games will ever play the same.
Turn-based 4x strategy, featuring real-time tactical space combat and turn-based ground combat.
Build a space empire turn by turn in an immersive, living galaxy filled with 9 alien races, pirate factions, galactic lore and mystery.
Hire unique heroes to govern your worlds or to command your mighty fleets in battle.
Populate the universe and colonize planets, moons, asteroid belts, gas giants, and more!
Research hundreds of technologies, including technologies that are unique to your race. Find even more technologies through in-game events and galactic exploration.
Build your own ships in the custom ship design mode and take them into real-time battles featuring stunning visuals and sound effects.
Enter a Battle Arena mode for quick-fix battles against cunning AI opponents. In this mode, you will earn rewards as you fight through the challenges, allowing you to unlock new weapons, ship hulls, and ship modules to upgrade your ships and to purchase new ships to add to your fleet.
Created with the Unity engine for simultaneous release on PC, Mac and Linux.
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 done 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.
This is a great game, a turn based game that is really enjoyable and exciting as well as challenging. The gameplay is smooth and there aren't any bugs. The graphics are nice and music is good too, really immersive. The difficulty level is very high now and can be hard for new or inexperienced players, but hopefully that will be fixed soon.
The game is much more difficult than it should be at this time. (Dev has said he plans on dialing it back a bit for easy mode) It has some rough spots but over all it is very enjoyable to play
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