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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: 21 out of 36
  2. Negative: 8 out of 36
  1. 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
  2. May 30, 2017
    10
    I played many videogames in my life and then some more. Endless Space 2 is something else. Spectacular, fast, smooth, full of lore,I played many videogames in my life and then some more. Endless Space 2 is something else. Spectacular, fast, smooth, full of lore, oportunities, treachery and interesting factions each with its uniqueness, nice graphics, love the music, the mechanics of the game, the political system. This game is the epitome of how a 4X game should be made. Took them a while but Amplitude finally made it. And the best is yet to come with the expansions. Can't wait to see more content of this AAAA game. Expand
  3. May 20, 2017
    9
    Maybe it doesn't have the overwhelming complexity and depth of some of it's genre colleagues, maybe it's not the innovative messiah of theMaybe it doesn't have the overwhelming complexity and depth of some of it's genre colleagues, maybe it's not the innovative messiah of the 4X-games-universe but I simply love how Amplitude manages to pull me in with their distinctive art style and simple but creative FIDSI system - all well rounded with an easy to use and well organized UI. And looking at Endless Legend I expect a similar development regarding content and depth here - is it already worth 40 bucks? hell yeah...

    I recommend with all my heart.
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  4. Jul 10, 2022
    8
    Très complet et profond en terme de stratégies et possibilités.

    Assez difficile à prendre en main pour les néophytes, le jeu se révèle
    Très complet et profond en terme de stratégies et possibilités.

    Assez difficile à prendre en main pour les néophytes, le jeu se révèle agréable à jouer une fois les premières heures passées.
    De nombreuses races jouables (et + avec les DLC) avec chacune quelques spécificités de gameplay et des quêtes "histoire" uniques et intrigantes.
    On peux même personnaliser sa race en fonction de son style de jeu et plein d'autres options comme la taille de la galaxie, la difficulté, le nombre d'IA etc...
    Des dizaines et des dizaines d'heures de jeu à explorer la galaxie, créer des vaisseaux, coloniser des planètes, les améliorer, faire des combats, réaliser des quêtes et bien plus encore !

    On regrette les options diplomatiques mal fichues avec des IA qui refusent trop souvent des échanges et accords si l'on veux jouer pacifiquement. J'aurai également aprécié + de cinématiques sur l'histoire ou le développement de certaines races, la quête de l'académie nous laisse sur notre fin présageant un endless space 3 ? ou au moins une suite pour la série de jeux Endless on espère
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  5. Sep 19, 2018
    7
    It's a fun game, better in some ways than its predecessor, but overall the same gameplay mechanics and balancing decisions can eventuallyIt's a fun game, better in some ways than its predecessor, but overall the same gameplay mechanics and balancing decisions can eventually remove the fun. Namely, all those effects that punish you for being a big empire. You have to grow because of the special resources scattered around. The faction-specific story elements and achievements can keep one going on but eventually, the churn to research tech from scratch over and over gets old sooner or later. Expand
  6. Jan 30, 2022
    5
    So dissapointing ; for the old-timer 4X player I am, ES2 looked like the perfect achievement. Until you realize it's an empty shell in termsSo dissapointing ; for the old-timer 4X player I am, ES2 looked like the perfect achievement. Until you realize it's an empty shell in terms of solo playing. and I'm a solo player.
    AI is so dumb ; AI fleet try to flee but get destroyed without combat because they can't flee a secund time... Nothing happen in terms of opposition unless you get to the last difficulty level or install an AI booster mod.
    this game is graphically superb and appealing but totally boring after 10-20 hours of play...
    And if you go on testing for another 100 hours like I did, you'll get confirmed.
    If They could implement SOASE engine with their graphic skin, that'd be wonderful !
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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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