Could anyone recommend a good 4x game?

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#1 Posted by Zephyr-Mage (1 posts) -
Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows about a good 4x game. I know that this genre isn't exactly brimming with games, but I love it anyway :) I'm searching for stuff like Master of Orion or Ascendancy. I've tried Sins of a Solar Empire, but it's way too RTS and action focused for my taste. Something more slower and micromanagement oriented would be my cup of tea :) Also, Sword of the Stars (or something like that) seems to be a game a lot of people talk about, but not in the best manner. I've read that it's somewhat bugged and the gameplay is not really solid. So any ideas? :) Thanks for any suggestions.
#2 Posted by Sevrun (3 posts) -
The original SotS is a very solid game with a lot of options for map customization. very enjoyable imo and I too enjoyed the Masters of Orion series. SotS 2 started out VERY buggy but has slowly been remodeled/finished and is fairly playable now. Warlock: Masters of the Arcane could be entertaining for you, but I found the maps to be rather small and VERY crowded if you play with a serious number of enemies. Endless Space which comes out in July looks to have some serious potential, but my spare cash in July is already spoken for... having a son means fireworks, and I'm the best show in town (says more about the town than me lol.) I'm always on the lookout for good 4x style games, but the genre has slowly given way to war strategy games instead.
#3 Posted by tuyennguyen99 (7 posts) -

For a fairly in-depth turn-based 4x game, did you ever try Galactic Civilizations 1 and 2...?

Huge tech trees and lots of room for micro management.

It's basically what Master of Orion 3 SHOULD have been. Good graphics, stable gameplay, and loads of potential for wasting hours upon hours.

That game is actually solely responsible for burning an image right into my previous LCD monitor. I was playing the damn thing for so many hours non-stop, that over the course of several days, I burned an image of the game's interface right into my monitor.

#4 Posted by nurse_tsunami (299 posts) -

I'd also recommend Galactic Civilizations 2. I loved the ship aesthetics customization and the tech trees. It's available on Steam now too. There's always Civilization V if you are looking for a semi-historical one. The new expansion looks to add a lot of cool options if that's your thing.

#5 Posted by zombiewarrior07 (6 posts) -

There's a new game coming out soon(ish) which I discovered on KickStarter, its called Star Drive. Might be worth checking out if you like space empire building / exploration / combat style games.

If you want something a bit retro, have a look at Alpha Centauri, which you can pick up for a few bucks on www.gog.com. :)

#6 Posted by alexispitt (1 posts) -
#7 Posted by gabrielnuno (2 posts) -

If you liked Masters of Orion and Ascendancy (which were both awesome, IMO) there's a good chance you would like Endless Space. I also second the recommendations for Galactic Civilizations I + II, both were excellent games, though I thought GalCiv 2 was the better of them. I had been looking for a good 4x game myself, and I personally like the sci-fi/space themed games the best. Ascendancy is one of my all-time faves, and Alpha Centauri was really good as well.

#8 Posted by ciorlandenis (331 posts) -

endless space kinda sucks to be honest, the tech tree just seems bad, whole game is pretty simple. i started like 1000 games and after 15 minutes I was overwhelmed with boredom.

Warlock master of the arcane is pretty crappy too, movement on the map is extremely slow. would have been better if it was homm style.

oh and random mob spawning on near my capital city, surounded by 5-6 other cities, killing my elite lvl 1000 unit with 2 hp which was on the retreat made me ragequit.

master of orion 1 for example, started 1000 games and they lasted 8 hours :))

galactic civ 2 is awesome

#9 Posted by LuisMartinho (2 posts) -

if you don't mind playing old games, Imperium Galactica II totally rocks ^^

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