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  • Summary: The sequel to Endless Space. Endless Space 2 is turn-based, 4X space-strategy that will put you in the role of a leader guiding his civilization in making its first steps into the cold depths of interstellar space. Your Vision. Their Future.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. May 25, 2017
    93
    Endless Space 2 isn't just a very solid 4X game. It's also quite the narrative experience. Every faction has a story to tell, and every game will see you playing to their strengths while learning that story.
  2. May 30, 2017
    88
    Endless Space 2 offers hundreds of ways to play, an interesting player-driven narrative experience, and above all the addictive turn-based gameplay we've grown to love.
  3. May 28, 2017
    85
    This is one of the deepest strategy and management games we've ever played, and it delivers everything 4X fans can ask for.
  4. Jun 1, 2017
    81
    Some may prefer the accessible Master of Orion, some may want the complexity and diversity of Stellaris. Bur for now Endless Space 2 is my first choice: challenging, suspenseful and sufficiently versatile, but still accessible enough, so I don’t tumble into one failure after another.
  5. May 25, 2017
    80
    Where other 4X titles lean towards a more utilitarian presentation, Endless Space 2 starts with a great 4X game and layers on good art, great writing, and excellent UI design. There's a wide variety of play in the available factions and a deep political system that underpins the entire thing. The combat disappoints and the AI could use some improvement, but Amplitude is known for its expansions and improvements. What's here is already a 4X class act.
  6. May 18, 2017
    80
    Just as Endless Legend and Civilization V are now far superior to how they started, so can Endless Space 2 be. It’s odd to talk of foundations in something so markedly floaty and space-based, so perhaps it’s better to think of this as an outpost, plonked down on a planet waiting to be colonised. It’s a fertile planet, sure, but one that’s yet to be fully exploited.
  7. Jun 30, 2017
    60
    Sleek and competent and detailed and not really very exciting. [Issue#263, p.62]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. Nov 28, 2017
    10
    This is the MoO II replacement I have been waiting for for 20 years. It expands on MoO II in every area. It's a new game and will surelyThis is the MoO II replacement I have been waiting for for 20 years. It expands on MoO II in every area. It's a new game and will surely improve over time, but it already has a much better combat AI than Civilization VI. It does have a steep learning curve and the UI could use some work, but the combat graphics are impressive. The "Just one more turn" factor is as high as in any game I have ever played. Expand
  2. May 31, 2017
    10
    Endless Space 2 is a great game tha underwent dramatic changes during its early release. Amplitude studios is one of the best listening toEndless Space 2 is a great game tha underwent dramatic changes during its early release. Amplitude studios is one of the best listening to player feedback and they duly drop nonsense mechanics like hard forced truces or the underwhelming initial tree.

    In ES2 you pick one alian race with unique art and history. Every faction plays asymetrically and that adds greatly to the replayability. The gameplay is similar to 4x space strategy game: planet colonization, ship design, flotillas vombat, exploration etc

    The game is not perfect and it would be a 9 more than a 10 but I'd like to compensate for the unfair reviews in my opinion.

    My biggest flaw would be the combat, by far the weakest point in Amplitude games. The developers have tried to innovate which results in some interesting new mechanics and some more quirky than necessary.

    Among the novelties there is a new political system which is essential to manage to get powerful wide policy.

    Another innovation is the ability to mod the game AI called ENFER

    As usual the art, music and writing is superb. Endless games trademark is meaningful quests which add a lot of flavour to the game.

    I have beat endless difficulty after 100 hours of gameplay which was very satisfying. In the higher difficulties the AI have unfair advantages as usual but it offers a nice challenge.

    My biggest complaint in ES1 was that there were too many ships and that has been fixed in ES2. I consider Amplitude Studios productivity very high. They had a buggy day 0 release but quickly patch after only 1 day.

    All in all a must have for strategy enthusiasts
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  3. May 21, 2017
    10
    Endless space 2 is complex yet accessible, It has amazing lore, soundtrack, artwork and 4x mechanism. It is supported by developers with aEndless space 2 is complex yet accessible, It has amazing lore, soundtrack, artwork and 4x mechanism. It is supported by developers with a track record for listening to its community and inviting feedback (games2gether platform.) In short Endless space 2 is the best 4x game (base game compared with base game of other 4x games) I have played in 25 years of 4x gaming. For me it is only lacking a good hall of fame system (Hopefully coming) yet I cant bring myself to give it any other score than 10/10 when compared with the other games historically and currently available in the 4x genre. Expand
  4. Jun 25, 2017
    9
    I like this game but it's buggy and unstable. If the writers and creative content people from this game teamed up with the engineers fromI like this game but it's buggy and unstable. If the writers and creative content people from this game teamed up with the engineers from Stellaris, they would have made a masterpiece. Overall, I still like this better than Stellaris because its RPG elements are way better than Stellaris.

    Edit: Adjusting my rating to 9 because the developers have since patched most of the game-breaking stuff. This is a very fun game.
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  5. Jul 24, 2017
    8
    The first time you play if, you feel like you are farmer converted to king in a future sci-f kingdom, and you will not understand how the gameThe first time you play if, you feel like you are farmer converted to king in a future sci-f kingdom, and you will not understand how the game really works. But after two or three plays, you being to know better how the game works and I hat off the game designers. The art is well designeed and the quests are very enjoyable. Very good! Expand
  6. Jun 9, 2017
    7
    First of all, I love how the races are fleshed out, back story with a cool movie, nice ship design.
    The economic part (system building)
    First of all, I love how the races are fleshed out, back story with a cool movie, nice ship design.
    The economic part (system building) didn't really changed much from ES1, so for me its only an ok. As I stated in my Civ6 review, I'm not fond of Civ1 citybuilding, it was good enough for the first ever 4x strategy game to be in the hall of fame, but after Orion1 and Colonization1 its it's just nono for me.
    I loved the event system, even more than in Stellaris. And the political system, even if somehow I feel that is bugged or juts plain simple not balanced.
    The battle. Hmm, I have nothing against autoresolved battles, but first of all beside good looking ships, the camera angles, weapon visual and sound effects are a very very low score for me, and when u think the only reason to exist is to be awe by it (even a 10 year old SoS battle si looking better). The only reason I was entering sometimes in battles, to see the ships and for the Overview camera. The 2nd problem, as in with ES1, I saw right away the weakness of the system and I was going for only one type of ships and killing much stronger enemies with no damage taken, I got even the AI in offside, because it was doing only one type of ships. At least in ES1, I was needed 3 type of ships for my fleet to be complete. So do I have a choices?
    Diplomacy and AI. Should I have to be surprised about the AI in an era when we get dumber and dumber Ais in 4x strategies, but hey they are much smaller company so I'm not expecting miracles.
    So I really liked it at first, but I got bored really fast.
    It just baffles me, how many people are saying that they played Orion1, but Civ1 and can't see what made those games marvelous. Orion2 it was my first disappointment, in an era when new games could not disappoint you and yet everybody clones it. It doesn't matter how complicate a game is if it's core design is flawed. Chess, Backgammon, Catan etc, there are great not because they are complicated, but because they are complex.
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  7. Aug 25, 2017
    1
    More than 3 months after release, and the game is still unplayable. A game-breaking bug in which save files are corrupted after a mere 100More than 3 months after release, and the game is still unplayable. A game-breaking bug in which save files are corrupted after a mere 100 turns or so (even short games take at least 250 turns to complete) still prevents this game from being enjoyable or even playable. I have spent dozens of hours playing and attempting to remedy this issue to no avail. Even worse, the devs have released only a handful of updates over the past several months which have done nothing to correct this; and the largest update actually broke the game even more for most users. Despite an apology from the developers and a long-awaited bug fix/rebalance update earlier this month, the corrupt save file issues remains.

    I've tried to enjoy this game - far more than i would have had i not enjoyed the first Endless Space so much - and as much as I want it to work and be enjoyable I am giving up. 3 months later and countless hours searching for a fix for the corrupted save bug and the game is still UNPLAYABLE. I essentially paid for nothing. I have never felt so cheated by a developer, and will never purchase another game from Amplitude again.
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