No, not like that. Well, maybe. Depends how fervent yall are with your posting.
A thread for Amplitude Studios’ Endless series, since Endless Space 2 just came out and OH BOY is it GOOD.
For those of you unaware, Amplitude specialises in grand strategy games, with a Galactic or Planetary scale, with Endless Space 1 and 2 and Endless Legend respectively, though they’ve also released Dungeon of the Endless, a hybrid roguelike/tower defence game that’s well worth a punt if that sounds up your alley.
What sets them apart from others is the incredible art direction and excellent writing that goes into all their games, which are all tied together in a single shared universe which is equal parts Science Fiction and Science Fantasy, with a sci-fi attention to detail and love of speculating about future tech and societies, with the addition of a magical substance called Dust that allows for basically anything to happen so long as it’s involved somehow.
Every facet of their games is accompanied by some amazingly evocative flavortext that just radiates a love for not just the genre, but science, space and people. It’s a reflection of an amazing studio that’s wonderfully communicative with their fans on their own games2gether platform, where they let fans make suggestions and vote on content additions and changes. They’ve even let folks contribute hero designs and even collectively design a faction for each game. They’re a wonderful bunch of folks and I’m glad there are people like them in the industry.
So yeah, now I’m done going on about these lovely folks and talking vaguely about Good Things™, Endless Space 2 is well good. I’m especially loving the new political systems, which are super prominent for me since I’m playing the resident Space Ents, The Unfallen, and basically here to peace the fuck out of the galaxy. I’s occurred to me that, entirely through the interaction of existing systems, I can actually rig my elections through intergalactic gerrymandering, which is kind of incredible. Not that I’d ever do that, mainly because most of my population support the Pacifist party, Ecologist party or Scientists party, which are all fine by me. I am keeping an eye on the possible rise of a Religious party though, which might not be too bad, but isn’t exactly my main goal.
I’ve also not left my very small cluster of planets thanks to the Unfallen’s method of expansion, so I’m looking forward to interacting with the full set of factions finally.