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  • Summary: Distant Worlds is a vast, pausable real-time 4X space strategy game. Experience the full depth and detail of turn-based strategy, but with the simplicity and ease of real-time, and on the scale of a massively-multiplayer online game.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jun 12, 2014
    90
    It's a challenging and complex game packed with features that allows you to choose just how you want to play it, while accommodating a wide variety of play-styles and strategies.
  2. Jun 27, 2014
    90
    An exceedingly complex, infinitely rewarding space strategy game. It’s made me more excited about the genre than any other game of its kind since Galactic Civilizations II.
  3. 90
    Distant Worlds: Universe is a corker. But make no mistake: while it’s not as forbidding as some Grand Strategy games, patience and a degree of head-scratching will be required. But it’s worth the effort. It’s enormous, complex and – above all – fun.
  4. Jun 18, 2014
    90
    An already great game returns as one of the best space strategy games ever made.
  5. Jun 2, 2014
    79
    A one-of-a-kind 4X, Distant Worlds blends epic scale and macromanagement. The Universe release doesn't bring a lot of new content, but is a nice wrap-up nonetheless.
  6. Jun 30, 2014
    70
    While Distant Worlds may be a paragon of its style, I can only recommend it to a select few: those with beefy computers and plenty of time to really dig into the meat of this stunningly elegant and impressively wide-ranging bit of software.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. May 23, 2014
    10
    Distant Worlds has ruined me for other space-based 4X-strategy games, which is a genre I love more than any other. I try to go back to GalCivDistant Worlds has ruined me for other space-based 4X-strategy games, which is a genre I love more than any other. I try to go back to GalCiv and MoO once in a while, but nothing matches the scale and minute level of control that Distant Worlds offers. I'll be playing this for years to come. Expand
  2. Jul 20, 2014
    10
    This game has an insane amount of depth behind it, and yet it does a very good job of handling the learning curve. There is a set of tutorialsThis game has an insane amount of depth behind it, and yet it does a very good job of handling the learning curve. There is a set of tutorials which explain the interface, a whole in-game encyclopedia, and the ability to choose which aspects of your empire you control and which are simulated.

    The amount of options are extremely impressive as well, and the size of the galaxy that you live in can be absolutely mind-blowing.

    The only real downside to this game would probably be the graphics quality, which is very average. Regardless, it accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do [and to be honest, if the graphics were more cutting-edge, this game would probably only run on supercomputers]
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  3. Sep 20, 2014
    10
    There is most definitely a learning curve here, but this game is fantastic once you get over it! Look up some guides on how to start as preThere is most definitely a learning curve here, but this game is fantastic once you get over it! Look up some guides on how to start as pre warp and play manually. After that you will understand enough of about the game to set whatever you want to auto. Expand
  4. May 26, 2014
    10
    If You are a fan of MoO, Endless Space, Space Empires or any other great 4X sci-fi You should definitely buy Distant Worlds: Universe. ThisIf You are a fan of MoO, Endless Space, Space Empires or any other great 4X sci-fi You should definitely buy Distant Worlds: Universe. This game is a true gem in this genre and with the modding capabilities added in the last expansion You can play this game in Mass Effect, Star Trek or other themes. Definitely the best 4X sci-fi game ever created.

    TL:DR
    Totally must have for any 4X sci-fi fan!
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  5. Jun 19, 2014
    9
    DW is instantly marvelous. The micro-management is incredible, you really feel the power in your hands, and you lead the fate of a galaxy.DW is instantly marvelous. The micro-management is incredible, you really feel the power in your hands, and you lead the fate of a galaxy. Background is correct. Hard to play it is very FUN (in a Dwarf Fortress means ahah). You could design your own ships!

    BUT : Graphisms are in 2D (however it is certainly better for your computer). And some gameplay features are not perfect (the beginning in dark ages is too fast, space creatures too weaks).

    THE 4X, until DW 2 is coming! ;)
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  6. Jun 20, 2014
    9
    A couple of years ago I found this game by pure chance. After many years of playing almost every Space 4X I was desperate to find somethingA couple of years ago I found this game by pure chance. After many years of playing almost every Space 4X I was desperate to find something better and luckily I found it ... Distant Worlds is best in class and it's since become my most played game. It's a huge relief to see it on Steam because it's ready for Prime Time.

    A couple of key things to keep in mind before you purchase:

    1. This is a massive game and it will take some patience to get over the initial learning curve. You can choose what to automate and what to control, so start with manual control in one or two of your favourite areas only (e.g. for me it was research and fleets) and build from there.

    2. Once over the learning curve hump, if you like this type of game, you'll probably be hooked. In time you will find more layers of the onion to peel away. My game strategies were still evolving 100's of hours later.

    3. It's a real time game but you can pause to make it feel somewhat like a turn based game and to help keep your massive empires under control. As a result don't be put off by real time if you prefer turn based games.

    4. The graphics are average. If this is your primary driver this probably isn't your game. But if you want plenty of massive battles you'll get them.

    5. There is a massive array of setup options and as a result the game has significant longevity.

    6. The Universe release has greatly expanded mod capability. I don't play with many mods but Distant Worlds has some good ones.

    7. The Developer has a long track record of providing support and patches. This game will continue to improve ...

    If this sounds like your type of game then I recommend it highly.
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  7. Dec 17, 2014
    0
    I was a new player for Distant Worlds and i gave up after watching more than 6 hours of crappy tutorials & gameplay.
    I didn't even managed to
    I was a new player for Distant Worlds and i gave up after watching more than 6 hours of crappy tutorials & gameplay.
    I didn't even managed to folow 1 of those from the start, because the development progresses differently during gameplay.
    The game is over documented like a 30 yo text base game, and doesn't show new players what it's all about. To me it seems like some programmer is trying to create a game that cannnot be understand by normal people who love space games, he's just trying to annoy us ! Well, SCREW THIS WANNABEE SPACE GAME, it has lost me ( and i'm sure a lot more people )
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