Every time a new update comes out for Stellaris my heart skips a few beats because Paradox literally remakes the game every time and I have to relearn everything. I’ve been playing since back when you had to manage every tile on your worlds and you had to select your FTL method (wormholes forever). Sectors and galactic commerce and robots weren’t a thing.
My favorite empire I’ve made is:
GODDAMN PARROT PEOPLE
And they just expand like nobody’s business and everyone hates them and even though they can’t declare war they know no peace. Their empire sprawl is out of this world.
They’re migrating it more towards the style of thier other 4X games. I get it, their target audience is big picture strategy game players, but that ain’t me. I like it when every ship and tile matters. It’s a lot of micromanaging so it doesn’t work for galactic empires, though. Plus they didn’t save you any effort by automating the processes they did, because then they just added a hundred more things you have to worry about. I like the game, but it’s too labor intensive to play regularly. You have to be on point for the whole mid game or you mine as well quit when you get to late game and have to deal with the crisiseseses