Average User Score: 1.5Aug 14, 2012Conceptually, this is a good game, combining the slow, methodical, pacing that a turn based strategy allows with the action of real-time battles. A mechanic that has created many popular games in recent years. The ship design feature allows for many configurations and customization. The tech trees for research seem diverse and many, allowing for many technological progression options. Planetary interaction is simple and straightforward; and economics aren't bogged down with too many minute details to track.
That said, at the moment the game seems to be an "unofficial" alpha release, that was simply labeled as a completed game. Considering that one of their first patches included the ability to load saved games, it seems painfully clear that almost no play-testing, if indeed any, had been conducted. It crashes constantly at intervals that can almost be predicted to the second. It lacks even the basic user interface options found in all modern games(such as the ability to navigate the map using the arrow keys). The multiplayer barely works at all(good luck trying to play a skirmish with more than one AI opponent). This is disappointing from the publisher that was behind Tropico 3. It looks like they've let their QA slip considerably.
Check back with this game some time late next year, and they might even have it out of "beta" by then!
Personally, I have learned my lesson and will never pre-order another Kalypso or NovaCore game ever again. I suggest that any fortunate enough not to have bought this game yet continue to hold off for many months, and check related forums thoroughly to make sure a playable version has been released.… Expand