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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:16 pm 
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Has anyone tried this game? Thinking about getting it, but thought I might get some others opinions first.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:55 am 
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I'm thinking of getting it too.. some real live reviews here would be great.
P.S. Maybe I'll make my own short review if I make up my mind to buy it :D


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:03 pm 
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I played CTS from the steam beta on to most recent.

I had high hopes for it back when its developers were still actively working on it, and looking for feedback from the user community. Unfortunately they ignored all the game-design advice we gave them, and only used the beta community as free alpha and beta-testers. When it finally released it looks like sales weren't what they'd expected and aside from a couple of patches shortly after release, it has been pretty much abandoned by the developers.

Fortunately the game they did release is somewhat moddable. Community mods and unofficial patches can fix many of the bugs left in the game.

Pros:
The graphics are updated and it is fairly pretty

Cons:
The gameplay is somewhat lacking. From a game mechanics point of view it ranks well below MoO2 in my opinion. Though races may be different and it has different victory types, the strategy for them all winds up the same -- maximize your population growth.
The game is really resource hungry. I can barely run it on my laptop.
The game leaks memory, and can quickly get up over 5gb of memory use in a couple hours of play.
The real-time tactical ship combat is difficult to work with, the UI is horrible, and players do not even really have full control of their ships -- i.e. they always shoot at 'closest target' regardless of what you try to target them to.
Late in the game it can be really micromanage heavy. Lack of a sane building strategy or customization of the colony auto-build system makes it worthless. And maximum build queue of only 4 doesn't help for the manual build orders.

All in all I had fun with it for a while, but ultimately went back to MoO2.
Back when I bought it through steam, it came wiht the MoO1-3 line as well, which makes it a bit more worthwhile.


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