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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: 20 out of 33
  2. Negative: 8 out of 33
  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 21, 2017
    10
    Si te gustaron los anteriores juegos de Amplitude y los 4X en general estas de enhorabuena, este juego es la excelencia en cuanto a como debeSi te gustaron los anteriores juegos de Amplitude y los 4X en general estas de enhorabuena, este juego es la excelencia en cuanto a como debe diseñarse un 4X, profundo, elegante, variado y repleto de sorpresas.
    ¿A que esperas para probarlo?
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  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. Feb 17, 2021
    8
    Maybe the most beatiful 4X-game out there. The races are few but fun and totally different to play. The stories are nice but have the effect,Maybe the most beatiful 4X-game out there. The races are few but fun and totally different to play. The stories are nice but have the effect, that you play mostly the same way. Battles are great, to build your own personalized army is fun. The exploration of the galaxy is moderate. There are so many good ideas in this game. But it has some weakness. After you played through all the races the motivation is gone. The galaxy becomes a boring view after several hours. So no competitor to Civilization in the end. Expand
  5. Nov 29, 2018
    7
    Endless Space 2 has been a pleasant experience so far, but I can't say whether it's better than its prequel. In the first game, you could loveEndless Space 2 has been a pleasant experience so far, but I can't say whether it's better than its prequel. In the first game, you could love a faction to death and keep using them over and over for days on end, but in this one, you're more inclined to try each faction in order to keep the novelty going.

    Games feel like they last much longer in this sequel, and there seems to be a strong bias towards a conquest victory, regardless of the faction. The other forms of victory are unrewarding to achieve. The AI isn't amazing in this game so diplomacy kinda sucks and resources are pretty much impossible to trade in this sequel, which means you're better off just taking over planets with the resources you need. Alliances are easy to make, but it feels like going solo is the best way to play.

    In the prequel, you had to figure out the best research pathways to take or else you would end up lagging behind other factions. However, in this sequel, you have much more freedom to pick whatever research you like, so the game is a lot more forgiving. If you played Path of Exile before, it's kind of like instead of having every faction start off somewhere different, every faction starts off as a Scion.

    Amplitude tried to polish the game a bit and introduce some new things while reworking others, but they neglected a lot of features that gave the first game its shine. It feels like this sequel was meant for playing with real players, not the AI. If you enjoy conquest victories, this game's pretty fun for that, but otherwise, you might want to stick to the prequel or Endless Legend. Not a whole lot has improved. "Above average" is the best way to describe this sequel.

    I think the game deserves a 7.5/10. It's okay, but I still prefer the first game and its factions more. I get my money's worth out of this game because of how long each session lasts, but I think that's just a way for the devs to hide the fact that the game turns kinda grindy after the early game. This sequel is really just a recycled version of its prequel.
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  6. Jul 3, 2017
    5
    It feels like the game is hidden by a 100 panels and lengthy text.
    The combat is one dimensional.
    The AI is dumb and provides no strategy
    It feels like the game is hidden by a 100 panels and lengthy text.
    The combat is one dimensional.
    The AI is dumb and provides no strategy even on the hardest difficulty.
    Its a chore to play this game thru and thru.
    I love 4x Strategy games but not this one.

    If you're itching for a space 4x strategy get some mods for Stellaris because that's the best we'll get.
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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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