Stellaris PC Game
Explore a vast galaxy full of wonder! Paradox Development Studio, makers of the Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis series presents Stellaris, an evolution of the grand strategy genre with space exploration at its core.
Featuring deep strategic gameplay, a rich and enormously diverse selection of alien races and emergent storytelling, Stellaris has engaging challenging gameplay that rewards interstellar exploration as you traverse, discover, interact and learn more about the multitude of species you will encounter during your travels. Etch your name across the cosmos by forging a galactic empire; colonizing remote planets and integrating alien civilizations. Will you expand through war alone or walk the path of diplomacy to achieve your goals?
Stellaris makes a great first impression. The empires in each game are randomly generated to have their own species traits, backgrounds, and government types. By far the most interesting twist is a set of ideology scales, with four ranges of Xenophobe-Xenophile, Spiritual-Materialist, Collectivist-Individualist, and Militarist-Pacifist determining how they behave.
So you could create the Vulcans from Star Trek with Fanatic Materialism and Pacifism, or an angry swarming hive of Fanatic Collectivist Xenophobes to mimic Master of Orion’s Klackons. These decisions are meaningful enough to offer slight buffs or debuffs to most aspects of a campaign, from population happiness to diplomatic buffs or penalties with other races. With dozens of empires in any given galaxy (24 in a normal-sized startup) the randomization is flexible and strong enough to make the early empire-building fascinating.
Many of the 4X games have gotten a notorious reputation for being incredibly hard to get into because of their insane depth of mechanics. Whereas Civilization is rather approachable for new players, games like Crusader Kings II generally require something like watching hours of player-made tutorial videos before really feeling comfortable.
As for Stellaris, the complexity falls somewhere in between Civilization and Crusader Kings. Luckily, it has a brilliant tutorial approach that is sure to help newbies and veterans alike get acclimated to the various systems at play. Rather than have a dedicated tutorial option, where players go through a stilted and guided version of the game, Paradox has integrated the tutorial into the main game.