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Endless Space (PC DVD/Mac)

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X
3.1 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • A Born Leader: Guide one of eight civilizations as you strive for galactic dominion
  • Will you control the entire galaxy through subtle trade and diplomacy, explore every corner of the universe to find powerful artifacts and resources, overwhelm other civilizations with your advanced technologies, or destroy your enemies with massive armadas?
  • Endless Discoveries: With hundreds of star systems to explore, different planet types, luxuries and strategic resources to exploit, the mysteries within the Dust to master and a host of strange scientific phenomena to deal with, the player will have no lack of challenges
  • Hire heroes to become fleet admirals or system governors and discover five hero classes and their unique ability trees and specializations
  • Space Opera: Experience Endless Space with state-of-the-art graphics and interface, switch between strategic battle decisions and long-term planning
  • Optimize each fleet for epic battles around contested stars. Create the perfect combinations from dozens of unique ships per civilization
  • Customize your ship with modules, armament, engines and special mods
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  • Platform:    Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B0086T1E6Q
  • Release Date: 7 Sept. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,351 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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This galaxy is ancient, and its first intelligent life was the civilization we call the Endless. Long before our eyes gazed upon the stars they flew between them, though all that remains of this people is what we call Dust. A substance found scattered, or in forgotten temples, it once gave powers to admirals and galactic governors. The galaxy will belong to the faction that can take control of the Dust and uncover its secrets…

Space may be endless but not too big to conquer in this spectacular '4x' strategy game !

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This galaxy is ancient, and its first intelligent life was the civilization we call the Endless. Long before our eyes gazed upon the stars they flew between them, though all that remains of this people is what we call Dust. A substance found scattered, or in forgotten temples, it once gave powers to admirals and galactic governors. The galaxy will belong to the faction that can take control of the Dust and uncover its secrets…

Space may be endless but not too big to conquer in this spectacular '4x' strategy game !

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This is a solid 4x game which could easily occupy hours of your time as you progressively develop your empire. There are some bits which could be developed further, but this is a well rounded game, especially from an independent company.

Graphics: clear and colourful. The UI is good and zones of influence, resources, research paths and diplomatic/trading options are easy to understand. The stap map scales smoothly as you zoom in from galaxy view to star system and then to each planet. Each race has its own character and their ship designs reflect this well. For example the "Cravers", a warlike robotic species have industrial designs while the "Amoeba" use biological ships. However, the battle camera could be improved. If you let it run itself it usually picks up the key moments, but the free camera view has limited options.

Sound: the music is ambient. Pleasant but there are no catchy tunes. The number of tracks could be doubled to help avoid the repetition - you'll spend hours playing so more variety would be good.

Gameplay:
* Winning - You can win in a number of different ways: militarily, economically, scientifically and diplomatically, although specialising is not advisable. In one game I thought I had it all wrapped up - strong fleets, powerful economy, top-notch research... but the friendly alliance I had been trading with got too powerful and won through diplomatic score. If you don't research the right technology you'll find your fleets being overrun - counter measures are just as important as weapons - and if you don't keep any eye on morale your people will stop working.

* Heroes - this is a well implemented feature. You can deploy heroes on planets or in your fleets.
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This is an excellent game. Really the best space 4x I've played in a long while, and there is good support from the DEVS in terms of feature update. But be careful they release updates that break your save games without warning you first. If you can live with that it's a five star game. If not it's a 2 star at best.

UPDATE -

The Developers fixed the game breaking update very quickly making this a five star 4X game. I'm Happy to revise my review. I also have to say the reaction from the dev team is very impressive.
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I'd say it's a simple game that has everything you'd like. Systems have multiple planets around stars, there are asteroid belts. The reason it's simple is because colonizing is straight forward, economy is easy to master, moving ships or creating fleets is intuitive. It's a complex game presented very straight forward.

Drawbacks include not too many differences between the races, ships are pretty much pre-designed, battles are not as fun. There is no campaign and I didn't encounter the elder race.

But overall this is a nice experience.
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The good:

Great graphics
Great UI very streamlined and intuitive
Good soundtrack

The bad

Approval system - it punishes you for expanding both within the same star system and also colonising other stars. There are tech to limit these effects
Combat - no direct control over your ships. You have two choices for combat - auto resolve or manual. Manual you get to watch a pretty video and then play one of three cards - long, medium or short range and hope your cards counter the AI. I always played auto resolve.
Invasion - dont know really how this is supposed to work - I was orbiting an enemy system and pressed invade but nothing happened. Its like the invasion happens behind the scenes.
AI - erratic and even on easiest difficulty I was behind most of the game
Tech tree - complex and you dont want to specialise in one segment or you'll lose. AI often proposes a deal whereby you give it resources for nothing in return.

I recommend playing a slow game and researching tech in a circle so you cover all segments. That way you may stand a chance against the AI.
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There seems to be a plethora of these space strategy games on the market right now and not all of them are any good. Gameplay is always the key in any computer game, you can flood it out with beautiful graphics but if you can't work out what you're doing or the control is clumsy or you're just missing the point, it flops. This, regrettably, is one of the flops. There is a much less graphically oriented game, Legends of Pegasus, which seems to occupy the top slot in this game genre, and other game studios could learn from it. Sadly Endless Space is just a clutter of optional view screens, has no central theme or evolution, pretty much just a sandbox mode where you can muck about doing very little beyond getting confused. The elements of the game are very similar to Legends of Pegasus in that you have a turn-based setup, and each turn you select various researches, build various ships, move things around, or queue instructions for future turns. But finding and remembering where everything is takes a very long time because this game suffers severely from over-complication, and, like me, you'll probably peck away at it until boredome and frustration set in, then add it to the enormous pile of games you have that will never, ever be played again.
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