Im a late convert to this series. Infact I only started playing this game earlier this year - when the Ultimate Edition came out.
Simply put it is the best Space 4x game there is. Ive played GC, Pax Imperia, MoO & MoO 2. Plus a few Ive probably forgetton about. I prefer turn-based strategy games, so you have time to think things through. What makes this game special for me is the depth of strategy decision making it presents.
Couple this with a lean approach to managing many aspects of your space empire, through a very efficient interface. Add to those, a great space ship combat engine, a fantastically detailed tech. tree that changes the option you have at your disposal every time you play. The AI has not shown any weaknesses, but I havent played enough to notice any flaws and Ive played over 100 games.
The game also has a powerful and ever evolving ship design system that allows you to customs dozen of ship hull types with a hundred or more ship components to match any taste in configuration you may care to have. Even the race/faction setup and sandbox options give you more choices than you're likely to ever get round to playing.
And I havent even tried MP yet!
With all these features there really is no excuse why this game (and version) shouldnt be in your collection.
This game is simply fun, fun, fun. The clever design ensures that you wont be spending you time micromanaging for hours and battling for seconds. Which makes it so addictive, once you start progressing
The collection includes:
- Sword of the Stars
- Born of the Blood
- A Murder of Crows
- Argos Naval Yard
Cant recommend this enough.