Have you played Sins of a Solar Empire, by any chance? It's a similar game that gets hyped by some people I know and I was wondering if you had any reference point for comparison. Back in the day I know folks here got excited for Gal Civ 2. Not sure if anyone is considering picking up 3 at some point.
I figure I'd like to try one of these games, but it seems there's a glut in the genre and I can't bring myself to narrow down the choices.
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