If you're into your epic science fiction strategy games like Master of Orion
or even classic RTSs like Command & Conquer
, then AI War should be next on your shopping list. It's a stunning game which features deep and complex gameplay along with some impressive AI which combine to make a first class experience that you'll be playing for years. You find yourself caught up in a classic David and Goliath power struggle in the stars and in familiar fashion must build up your fleet in order to take back the galaxy. You start out with just a command station orbiting a planet and must expand your forces to take back territory from the conquering AI. However, expand too quickly and they'll fortify their territory, so you are really going to need all your tactical genius to succeed here. There's a wide range of units and tactical options open to you, with over 50000 ships to discover, while the galaxies are procedurally generated to give a real sense of the epic. It does take some time to get into AI War and it's not a casual game to pick up for a quick blast. There are lots of elements to be mastered here and there is a steep learning curve. However, persevere and you will find a wonderfully rewarding experience that will keep you coming back for more. Some gamers might be put off by the variable visuals, with some elements being gorgeous and others rather lacking, but it's the gameplay that's the star here and the way the different aspects mesh together is impressive. Anyone looking for a big game to get their teeth into would be well advised to check this out.