Explore a vast galaxy full of wonder! Paradox Development Studio, makers of the Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis series presents Stellaris, an evolution of the grand strategy genre with space exploration at its core.Read full description
Explore a vast galaxy full of wonder! Paradox Development Studio, makers of the Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis series presents Stellaris, an evolution of the grand strategy genre with space exploration at its core.
Featuring deep strategic gameplay, a rich and enormously diverse selection of alien races and emergent storytelling, Stellaris has engaging challenging gameplay that rewards interstellar exploration as you traverse, discover, interact and learn more about the multitude of species you will encounter during your travels.
Etch your name across the cosmos by forging a galactic empire; colonizing remote planets and integrating alien civilizations. Will you expand through war alone or walk the path of diplomacy to achieve your goals?
This game is an interesting mix of Universalis Europe and Civilization placed in space. The multitude of options at this moment seems to me to be enormous, and the galaxy can have as many as 1000 stars, and of course, every galaxy has several of its planets. The whole is as overwhelming as the real universe when it comes to thinking about it. Impressive.
Had this game a while now and I absolutely love it. Feels like (as the title says) everything I've ever complained about in other strategy games, this game just seems to do right. The pace is great, the variability mixed in with reasonable reliableness just makes the game feel smooth and satisfying. The dlcs have been wonderful additions as well, and even give free dlc like the anniversary skins to reward players as well. My only real complaint with the game is the late game slowing/lag can get annoying as even playing on fastest speed towards the very end of the game moves at a crawl - but honestly anything else I can even think to complain about is more personal preference or ways to improve the game. Devs work on the game regularly and are very responsive to the community. Overall, best gaming purchase I've made in years
Stellaris is a great sci-fi strategy game. Following the familiar Paradox strategy formula, Stellaris sets you loose on an entire galaxy. Put yourself in charge of humanity's first steps into galactic exploration, lead a galactic conquest of terror and slavery, or put yourself into the "shoes" of a sentient fungi looking for love in all the wrong star systems. The gameplay is deep and engaging, allowing you to fully immerse yourself. There aren't too many negatives to this game (as long as you enjoy 4x strategy games). However, after a few play throughs, the events start to look familiar. As with other recent Paradox strategy games, Stellaris will probably have plenty of DLC to add content to keep the game fresh. Also, concerning Paradox DLC, It is important to note that they LOVE DLC... take a look at the ridiculous amount of DLC for Crusader Kings 2: be prepared to spend more money.
Stellaris is a great game. If you are a fan of grand strategy games, you will not be disappointed in that one. There are lots of fresh ideas, and putting the game in space was great for replayability. The sense of exploration that you would expect from such a title is there. There is a problem, however. The midgame can get quite boring as there is not much you can do. I often find myself playing on really high speed just to have stuff happen more often. I am not a fan of micromanagement, so maybe that is the reason - if you like that stuff, you will find lots to do. Also, the systems are not that easy to learn, so keep in mind that it will take some effor to get going. But once you do, you will enjoy yourself immensely.
This is without a doubt the most fun, most interesting, and most immersive space 4x game ever made and has a lot of potential to become even better in future updates. Stellaris has nearly infinite replayability, incredibly immersive emergent storytelling, a vibrant modding community, and gives players a lot of choices in how they want to run their interstellar state. That being said, it's not really worth $40, so you're better off getting it and the DLC (Leviathans is the only DLC worth buying at the moment) while they're on sale. Additionally, the game isn't without its flaws, so I'll list a few here: -There are some pretty glaring bugs that aren't game-breaking or big issues, but the fact that they're there is pretty annoying. -In the classic Paradox fashion, the devs have made some truly bizarre and nonsensical gameplay decisions in the name of "balance." -Pirate bases (I mean the ones that exist from the start of the game, not the reasonable ones that are spawned through event later on) and space monsters (the Leviathans from the DLC are actually pretty cool, I mean the generic space monsters) aren't fun or challenging in any way, they're just frustrating to have to expend resources and time to deal with. -Diplomatic actions are kind of limited and arbitrary, and the diplomatic AI can be really stupid at times. Also, there still is no option for "Federations" to centralize into a single unified state, which you would think be their main selling point, but at current, Federations are just glorified unilateral alliances with a few bonus modifiers attached. -The galaxy settings are rather limited, and the largest map size feels far too small. -Mid/late-game crises are cool, but I wish they were more varied. -Massive empires are way too stable. Separatist factions only very very rarely actually succeed in seceding, governments stay in power for absurdly long periods of time, and there are no coups or civil wars. Adding more mechanics (and fixing ones that are already in place) to cause large states to easily fall apart the more massive and heterogeneous they get would go a long way towards making the game more dynamic and unpredictable.
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