Not many development teams out there dare to describe their game as a grand strategy. Paradox Interactive used that precise description for Stellaris, and they were on point. Considering that they already created Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings, it was expected of them to make the next step in this area. They are now taking things to space and task you with creating a galactic empire.
Choose Your Race
Those who have been playing games from Paradox for a while know what they can expect of this studio. However, the team was criticized that their releases are not suitable for newcomers to the genre. That is what Stellaris tries (and succeeds) to fix with its brilliant tutorial. In the beginning, a computer-controlled companion will help you with his tips and information on various aspects of the game. However, you can feel free to turn it off or follow your own learning curve. That makes the game suitable for both newbies and experienced gamers.
The first thing you will choose is your desired race. The races are procedurally generated and can be customized, which gives you infinite options. The selection includes humans, reptiles, fungi, avian, etc. Based on your preference, you will have specific technologies and government form to start with. All this increases the replay value of the game to the max. The ultimate goal is, however, always the same – become the most potent force in the galaxy.
Start Slowly and Move on to Dominating the Galaxy
You will learn the specifics of the game starting from the Solar System. However, as time goes, you will explore other galaxies and encounter other life forms. The exploration is incredibly exciting. This is not a history strategy, which means you don’t have the slightest idea what to expect. Space is an enormous map that you should explore even though you know you are diving into the unknown.
When you are not busy with discovering new planets and systems, you need to take control of your empire. That will include managing resources, developing your empire, and engaging in diplomacy or war with other life forms. In fact, it’s incredibly hard to keep track of all the gameplay sections because there are just so many of them. Fortunately, you can always decrease the difficulty if you think things are getting too hard.
As for the graphics, you shouldn’t expect too much. The crucial things are taken care of – the user interface is fantastic, and the overall impression is that everything looks pleasant to the eye.