Monday, April 4, 2016

Star Ruler 2 - Initial Thoughts

About the Game (From the Steam Store Page)

Take command of a vast interstellar empire and safeguard your species from total extinction in a procedurally generated 3D galaxy (with the option to flatten it) from 1 System to 10,000+! Prove your species' ingenuity through a deep and intricate combat system where anything (from individual components on ships to the stars themselves) is a target of opportunity.

Twist other Empires into submitting to your galaxy-class wit with diplomacy and wheel-and-deal your way to supremacy.

Research new kinds of weapons, engines, shields, and more, all of which retain their unique benefits as the game progresses, with a research web whose contents are shuffled every game at your option.

Exploit interstellar phenomena such as asteroid belts and stars and exploit them for yourself or destroy them to deny your foes. Create and destroy new worlds through advanced technological research.

Match your strategy against up to 10 other opponents (online or LAN-linked). Save the game when dawn breaks and boot it back up at dusk. It isn't over until you say it is! Drop in and drop out at any point; disconnecting players will not disrupt the game!

Your weapons, your ships, your rules: Almost the entire game can be modified through Notepad! Easily add new models and particle effects to the game with “out-of-the-box” developer tools. Create new weapons in seconds; create new AIs through scripts! The Galaxy is yours!

Previous Playtime

46 minutes

What Was I Thinking When I Bought This

I bought it as part of a bundle with the original Star Ruler and for exactly the same reason - I like complicated strategy games and the store page made a pretty strong pitch. Of the two games in the bundle, Star Ruler 2 was the primary one that I was interested in, but of course I have a weakness for complete series'.

Expectations and Prior Experience

I've already played the tutorial and the game's complicated planet management and deep tech tree are enough to convince me I'll probably enjoy it. I'm a little worried that it will be as strongly combat focused as the first Star Ruler, but given that this wasn't enough to turn me off that game, I'll probably have a pretty good time.

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