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  • Summary: Featuring deep strategic gameplay, an enormous selection of alien races and emergent storytelling, Stellaris has a deeply challenging system that rewards interstellar exploration as you traverse, discover, interact and learn more about the multitude of species you will encounter during yourFeaturing deep strategic gameplay, an enormous selection of alien races and emergent storytelling, Stellaris has a deeply challenging system that rewards interstellar exploration as you traverse, discover, interact and learn more about the multitude of species you will encounter during your travels. Etch your name across the cosmos by uncovering remote celestial outposts,and entire civilizations. Will you expand through war or walk the path of diplomacy to achieve your goals? Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 57
  2. Negative: 1 out of 57
  1. May 9, 2016
    93
    This ain't your grandfather's space strategy game. Stellaris opens up a whole new perspective on galactic conquest, and in doing so sets the bar for the genre for years to come.
  2. May 9, 2016
    90
    Stellaris is simply wonderful. If you enjoy grand strategy games then you’ll love this. If you don’t then this could be the one to change your mind. If you’ve been too intimidated to try the genre before now, then here’s your ideal starting point.
  3. May 17, 2016
    90
    Stellaris is immense, so deep and complex that sometimes is hard to picture all its possibilities. Without a doubt, this is a great game with a lot of love and effort put into it, and the potential to steal many hours of our time.
  4. May 16, 2016
    80
    Stellaris is almost as big as the universe itself, at the point that you risk losing yourself in a galaxy of info, menus and gameplay possibilities. The new game from Paradox is truly captivating and challenging, despite some minor issues (especially with the AI). Stellaris is a new star, bound to grow bigger and bigger over time.
  5. Jun 24, 2016
    80
    Hybrid strategy Stellaris promises a vibrant and changing universe for your space adventure. Although it doesn´t achieve its magnificent goals, it’s close enough to be a great game for every galactic strategist and explorer.
  6. May 9, 2016
    77
    Stellaris is a competent strategy game that lets you explore the universe and take over different worlds while taking care of your own race. It is not without problems, but the game will captivate you for hours and hours on end.
  7. May 18, 2016
    20
    Imagine that your favorite history professor has written a sci-fi novel. You’re intrigued. You read it. It’s dry, bereft of imagination, and misses the point of sci-fi by light years. It’s even full of typos and some of the pages are blank. But you still read all 912 pages. It’s flat. It’s lifeless. It’s terrible. You’re crestfallen. That’s Stellaris.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 183
  1. Dec 12, 2018
    10
    This game keeps going from strength to strength. The developers are actively improving with quarterly updates that always improve the game,This game keeps going from strength to strength. The developers are actively improving with quarterly updates that always improve the game, never take away from it. I've been playing this game for 2 years straight with few complaints, only a lot of good memories. Expand
  2. May 14, 2016
    10
    Fantastic engaging game. Breath of fresh air from the current release of games. Only gripe is some of the layout presentation and designFantastic engaging game. Breath of fresh air from the current release of games. Only gripe is some of the layout presentation and design choices of alien races. Expand
  3. May 9, 2016
    10
    Stellaris has everything that a space-games enthusiast seeks: kickass graphics, constantly changing stories and adventures full of pop-cultureStellaris has everything that a space-games enthusiast seeks: kickass graphics, constantly changing stories and adventures full of pop-culture references, and a well-structured balance between exploration and expansion. From the first minute, this game will leave an ever lasting impression on you, and you will know that whenever you play any future space strategy games in the future, you will ALWAYS compare them to Stellaris. That is how perfect this game is. It is a must buy for any space strategy fan and should not under any circumstances be missed. Buy it and support Paradox, the new God of Mass Strategy Games! Expand
  4. May 16, 2016
    8
    If you want an expansive strategy game that is slow paced, then this is a great game. It is challenging, often you will have to decide onIf you want an expansive strategy game that is slow paced, then this is a great game. It is challenging, often you will have to decide on where to spend your resources while. It will challenge you, and the game doesn't baby you either. A great strategy game, you will lose hours in it. Expand
  5. Feb 26, 2020
    7
    The concept is great, but it needed a lot of paches, and the ai is still dumb, some concept are too simplistic also. Moreover, the end gameThe concept is great, but it needed a lot of paches, and the ai is still dumb, some concept are too simplistic also. Moreover, the end game gets tedious and boring because there is too much micromanagement and you are just grinding to a victory that you know is coming if you had some wins in the mid game. Expand
  6. Jun 6, 2016
    5
    Stellaris is a very good game with a few serious flaws that affect, well everything.

    The good points: 1. you can design your own race,
    Stellaris is a very good game with a few serious flaws that affect, well everything.

    The good points:
    1. you can design your own race, probably could use more points in traits to actually be able to customize your race a bit more, but still its a good attempt.
    2. graphics are quite good when they are working correctly.
    3. overall game design is good with a few caveats.
    4. you can design your own ships, sort of.

    The bad points:
    1. As with most 4X games, this one really suffers from a poor AI. I won't go in to details, it would be a very long list.
    2. I just started the game and my combat fleet has 4 ships, my neighbor i just met has thousands of ships.
    3. Ship design: it would seem like you can custom design your own ships but here are your choices: (depending on the platform) you can put 1 large weapon, 2 medium weapons, or 4 small weapons. Quite often it won't let you build the design you want without pressing the 'auto-complete' button which changes your ship design.
    4. Combat: you have no control over your ships once they engage. You put all long range weapons on your ships, guess what ?, you are going to point blank range for fighting.
    5. Game killing mid game slow down: has nothing at all to do with how good your system is according to the developers, even on their beast machines they get ridiculous slow down. Rather than build a new platform that uses multi-threading and optimization, they used an older gaming platform that assumes you are only using a single core with limited ram. By turn 200 you are experiencing a massive performance slow down of the game, by turn 300 (if you can actually make it there) the game is unplayable, a single click on anything in game may take 30 or more seconds before it responds, if at all. Making it to end game is all but impossible. So you play for a bit, then start a new game. Frustrating.

    So in short:
    1. you can design you own race, poorly.
    2. you can design you own ships, poorly.
    3. you can engage in combat, poorly.
    4. you can play the game to a point, then you have to start a new game.
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  7. Oct 20, 2019
    0
    Build just ONE army, conquer the whole galaxy!
    This game is a piece of s¨¨¨¨¨¨, period.

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