Summary: Space-based 4X games always start out behind the 8-ball. This 8-ball has a name, and its name is “Master of Orion”. The first question everybody asks when a new game in the genre comes out is, “Is it as good as Master of Orion?”. Many have tried (“Sword of the Stars”, “Galactic Civilizations”, etc.
Summary: Samurai space bears can't quite save it When I look up at the sky at night, one thought eclipses all others: I really hope there are badass bears in space. Bears are natural spacefarers, and that is a known fact.
Conclusion: A very ambitious undertaking, StarDrive has a lot of promise. There’s a lot the developer hopes to add, and he plans on supporting the game for the foreseeable future, but the package as it stands is a bit of a hard sell to all but the most patient and driven 4X fans.
Conclusion: Also, making the galaxy feel more alive wouldn’t hurt either. It’s all a bit soulless right now, even the other races have limited interactions available. I’d hesitate to spend the full £24.99 on this game – not right now anyway.
Conclusion: Concept: Run an interstellar empire and conquer your foes while juggling endless tech, ship, and expansion options
Graphics: The top-down 2D view of the galaxy is simple, but it gets the job done admirably
Sound: Mostly atmospheric synths punctuated by the sounds of lasers and planetary bombardments...
Conclusion: "StarDrive is not the kind of experience that offers a welcoming introduction to the genre." "The most fun you’re likely to have in StarDrive is the time you spend shipbuilding." "...it’s a paint-by-numbers 4X game with little to differentiate it from the pack."
Pros: Fun, accessible shipbuilding, A colorful cast of alien species, Automation features that let you focus on the fun stuff
Cons: Dry, sparse tutorials, Lack of innovation, Unintuitive interface
Excerpt: The “strategy” game category tends towards vagary, covering such a diverse range of play from tower defense titles to micro-managing empire sims. They can be turn based or real time and “real time” can be warped to mean quite a few things too – the only fundamental guarantee on a real time game is...