So I've been playing the newest build. It's supposedly a beta. But feels finished to me. That's not what I want to write about.
I discovered Stardock years ago from their WindowBlinds stuff. Then I got into Demigod which was a disappointment. Then I got into WOM and that was a bigger disappointment. I know people don't like me bringing that up but you just got to face it.
As a customer and a gamer, Stardock has 2 wins and 2 losses with me. I'm not a fanboy and I'm not a troll. I think I'm representative. I'm in my 30s. I don't have a lot of time for games. I am looking for a game that doesn't feel like it was just pooped out the mass market conveyor belt (I'm looking at you XCOM, CIV V).
I didn't know that Civilization IV was going to be such an anomaly. I thought it was going to be the start of a new golden age for strategy gaming. But it's been down hill since then. Think about it.
Civilization IV came out n 2005. That was 7 years ago. To me, modern times means since I got my last computer which was in 2009 when Windows 7 came out. That was a long time ago in gaming standards. If you like strategy games, what are the choices?
Disicples II, Civilization V, Sword of the Stars II, HOMM VI, Endless Space, Warlock, Total War: Shogun.
Of those, I could only tolerate Endless Space and Shogun. I hope they make an Endless Space II. Shogun was fun for awhile.
But none of them can even briefly be compared to the richness of EFE. Not because they aren't good games. It's because none of them have even tried to be ambitious. WOM was ambitious and collapsed under its own weight. At least it tried I guess. Civilization IV was ambitious and they stripped it down to make the mass market friendly Civilization V.
So I ask, if not EFE, then what? What modern game even comes close to providing the sheer joy and depth and fun of EFE? You have to dig back. Way back to do so.
I haven't got to play the campaign and I don't care about mods (sorry Kael). I don't care about those things. What I do know is that on a cold Fall friday night i can sit down and load up EFE and play it all weekend and not know what is in store.
For the first time since I got this computer, I say to you, bravo Stardock. You have delivered the goods. This is the best game I've played since I got this computer. Thank you.