I remember playing a cool PC game back in the late '80s called Starflight, by Binary Systems. It was basically and space exploration, commence and battle space combat type game, similar to the old Star Trek episodes. Now this was back on one of the early 8088 PC clones of the day. Yes, they were called PC clones if they were not original IBM equipment. Apple existed, but was "Jobless" at the time..
Fast forward like Marty McFly so many years back to the present, and here we are talking about another great space exploration game. These days, this game genre is called a 4X, like in "eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate", but I won't get into that. It was developed by Paradox Development Studio and published by Paradox Interactive.
This game very much reminds me of a Starflight/Civilization combination game. It has depth and is not a sit down for a quick 10 minutes type of game. I think my first sitting was in the neighborhood of about 5 hours. I played for about the same time period the next day as well. I have yet to finish a game, so I don't know if this one suffers from late game boredom when a single faction gets too powerful. Time will time and I will post about it.
Here is a quick summary of the game taken from Wikipedia.
Stellaris is a real-time grand strategy game set in space in the year 2200. Players control ships and research vessels among other things, combat is more centered towards the bigger picture, preparation, and strategy. There are also diplomatic options such as alliances and trade agreements with other races. The game begins by picking a species, its ethics, and its technologies. Picking an alien and changing their ethics can change the way information looks; and any species can have any of the ship engineering styles. The player begins with a single planet in their territory, an engineering vessel, a small fleet of warships, a space port, and a science ship. Early gameplay consists of exploring and colonizing space, while mid-game activities focus on diplomacy and governing an empire. In the late game, crisis events can occur that have galaxy-wide implications—for example, an uprising by sentient AI robots or an invasion by extra-dimensional or extra-galactic forces, the former two always being triggered by careless empires.
Good luck with your expire and see you floating around the galaxy......
The Telltale game, “The Walking Dead Season 2” is one of April’s free games on Xbox Live. This is a continuation of one of the main characters from “The Walking Dead Season 1”, Clementine. The second game of the month is , “Ryse: Son of Rome” and is a third person action-adventure hack and slash type game which follows a Roman centurion Marius Titus.
The sequel to 2012's Game of the Year continues the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned by the undead apocalypse. Left to fend for herself, she has been forced to learn how to survive in an unforgiving world. Experience what it’s like to play as Clementine, meet new survivors, explore new locations and make gruesome decisions in this five-part game series of choice and consequence.
“Ryse: Son of Rome” tells the story of Marius Titus, a young Roman soldier who witnesses the murder of his family at the hands of barbarian bandits, then travels with the Roman army to Britannia to seek revenge.