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Star Ruler 2 (pc game)
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Go forth and conquer

Want a science fiction themed strategy game that is going to fill the void left by Master of Orion or Alpha Centauri? Then Star Ruler 2 is going to be your new best friend. It's an epic mix of 4X and RTS that can easily steal your life away if you're not careful, so be prepared. You get to choose from one of seven space faring races (or have the option to create your own) and then charge out into the galaxy to see what's out there. You get to explore strange new worlds, build awesome space fleets and then use them to conquer your foes. There's also the diplomatic option if you're that way inclined, but this is one of the joys of the game, that you can do things your way. If you want to be an all conquering dictator, then go for it, but if you like playing the political game, then try that instead. There's plenty of depth in all elements of the game, from colonizing to research and so on, and the galaxy truly is vast, giving this a real epic feel. Star Ruler 2 is undeniably complex, which isn't helped by the lack of a real manual, but if you are prepared to put in the time, it proves to be immensely rewarding. The sheer range of options and the massive nature of the universe mean you really feel like an pioneering adventure. However, the scale of things is kept into perspective by the easy to navigate interface which makes all that decision making a breeze. The visuals are decent enough for this kind of thing, with nice detail and ship design, along with some slick effects. It's the gameplay that will keep you coming back for more though and you can expect to be exploring for years. Enjoy the ride!