Summary: I'm not a bad man. Sure, I might rule over billions of miserable souls with an iron fist. I confess that my greatest dream is to conquer and enslave the entire galaxy. I admit that when asked who my greatest heroes are, I list the most bloodthirsty, despicable dictators in the history of the universe. But really, I've got an unfair reputation. No doubt in the annals of history I will be remembered as the aggressor in the violent Empire-Amoeba War.
Excerpt: Disharmony indeed. I don't think I could have been more surprised by—or more addicted to— last year's Endless Space . Pulling myself away from it long enough to write up a proper review proved challenging. This review has proven difficult to write too, but sadly, for all the wrong reasons.
Excerpt: This month seems to be a good one for DLC that's actually worth the money you pay for it, and Disharmony, the first paid DLC for Endless Space, continues the trend. Stay awhile, and listen, as I regale you with what you'll get for your $10 or £10.
Summary: Parents need to know that Endless Space is a downloadable strategy game for Windows computers with a small amount of space-based sci-fi violence. Some of the game's species are evil in nature and interested only in conquest; but the player can also try to win the game through means of diplomacy, expansion, or technology.
Conclusion: Final Verdict : As space-based 4X games go, Endless Space is certainly at the top of the heap. The attention to genre design is evident, and frequent new additions promise to make the game a worthy investment. If you’ve been patiently waiting to find the Civ V of the stars, Endless Space is that game. Simple and refined enough for newcomers to slowly grasp, but attractive and deep enough for vets. Simply put, it’s a must for 4X fans.
Excerpt: If there’s one thing truly endless about space, it’s our enduring romance with its mysteries. We gazed in awe at pictures taken by the Mars Curiosity rover: it took a year to get there, and you thought public transport was slow. Since your chances of travelling into space are practically non-existent, it falls to video games to fill in the blanks. Yet why merely explore the galaxy when you rule it?
Excerpt: Endless Space is a 4X turn based strategy game set in, you guessed it, space. For those who don't know, 4X games are a subgenre of strategy video game in which players control an empire and "Explore, Expand, Exploit, and Exterminate." Some of the best known games in the category are the Civilization or Masters of Orion series. It's a popular subset of gaming, and Endless Space is trying to carve out a niche in this crowded field.
Excerpt: Since early in the year I’ve been on a fantasy kick. I’ve been reading Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series (up through the sixth book, as of now), been enjoying some casual returning play with World of WarCraft, not to mention a mad month spent playing Diablo III, and my movie choices have even been influenced by the fantasy genre.