Excerpt: Distant Worlds – Universe ( DW-U ) is a vast and deep 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) real-time pausable space strategy game. The game allows the player to manage as much or as little of his or her empire as desired.
Pros: Very high replay value; adjustable levels of empire management; excellent AI
Cons: Very steep learning curve; clunky and complex user interface; unimpressive graphics
Summary: I definitely don’t Distant Worlds: Universe is a “bad” game, per se. But I think some of the advances in the 4X genre make it a particular challenge to try and tackle. The interface is cluttered and overly full of information, the advisor can be annoying, it has problems running on modern PC’s, and...
Conclusion: A vast galaxy, a varied tech-tree, and a million and one decisions to make or automate. Distant Worlds: Universe is perhaps the finest 4x Space game in a generation, certainly since Galactic Civilizations 2 .
Excerpt: No tease before the jump here, let’s get straight to it. Distant Worlds: Universe is my favourite space strategy game. Not my favourite space strategy game released this week and not my favourite space strategy game released this year.
Conclusion: Distant Worlds: Return of the Shakturi is a worthwhile expansion to a solid 4X strategy game. Not only does it improve the game’s interface, but it also adds two new races, a new story arc, an assortment of new weaponry, and miscellaneous tweaks and fixes.
Pros: Improved user interface; more traditional research tree; new units and planetary facilities; lots of minor tweaks.
Cons: Research tree needs better explanations; parts of the game still need to be more intuitive and better fleshed out.
Excerpt: There are many ways to escape the daily grind of everyday life. Whether it be soul sucking office hours or mind melting days of college, we all have a reason to want to kick back a relax. What better way to shrug off your current workload than to take on a whole new one? A galaxy sized one at that.
Pros: Massive galaxy sandbox, AI is does it duty well, Tons of in-game help.
Cons: Dated Graphics, Complex Interface, No deep story
Conclusion: So what can one say about this computer gaming repast? Well, I’m thinking that if the Michelin Guide were to rate the cuisine we’d be looking at 2.5 to 3 stars without batting an eyelash (“exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey,” for those who are unfamiliar).
Excerpt: This is a cracking good game, and coming from me that is saying something. To be honest, I’ve never really liked 4X (explore, expand, exploit and exterminate for all you space cadets out there) games.
Excerpt: “Data stellare...”, “verso l'infinito e oltre”, “nello spazio nessuno può sentirti urlare”... di citazioni buone per iniziare la recensione di un gioco fantascientifico ce ne sono una cifra, peccato che siano tutte abusate quanto i proverbi di Frate Indovino.