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Name: Stellaris
Release date: May 9, 2016
Platforms: PC
Genre: Grand Strategy

Description

Stellaris is a real-time 4X space strategy game created by Paradox Interactive. The game is set in a universe where you make the rules - even choose the species that inhabit it and many other parameters.

If you've never played a 4X strategy game, there is a massive amount of things to do to manage your interstellar empire. You explore, build spacecraft, engage in diplomacy with other races, colonize new solar systems, fight with your armies, solve political disputes in your empire - the list goes on.

Recommendation

Stellaris succeeds and fails practically in the same ways that other Paradox games succeed and fail - it offers you deep and sometimes challenging management of your own empire (space empire in this case), and if you're the sort of person who doesn't just play games for casual relaxation but is able to spend dozens of hours moving proverbial figures and thinking about every move, while plotting to assassinate an incompetent leader in the neighbouring solar system, then you'll find it a great fun. 

But it is truly a game where you have to set your own goals and enjoy the process more than the reward. The game doesn't give you a narrative, any cutscenes, and the combat is more a necessary tool than a gorgeous fun - but if you're the kind that likes deep mechanics and slow, yet deliberate gameplay, you'll find it very rewarding.

Metacritics Rating: 78 (PC)
Our visitor's rating: N/A
Average playtime: Varied

Our recommendation

If you like sci-fi and grand strategy games, then you will like this game.

Description

Stellaris is a real-time 4X space strategy game created by Paradox Interactive. The game is set in a universe where you make the rules - even choose the species that inhabit it and many other parameters.

If you've never played a 4X strategy game, there is a massive amount of things to do to manage your interstellar empire. You explore, build spacecraft, engage in diplomacy with other races, colonize new solar systems, fight with your armies, solve political disputes in your empire - the list goes on.

Recommendation

Stellaris succeeds and fails practically in the same ways that other Paradox games succeed and fail - it offers you deep and sometimes challenging management of your own empire (space empire in this case), and if you're the sort of person who doesn't just play games for casual relaxation but is able to spend dozens of hours moving proverbial figures and thinking about every move, while plotting to assassinate an incompetent leader in the neighbouring solar system, then you'll find it a great fun. 

But it is truly a game where you have to set your own goals and enjoy the process more than the reward. The game doesn't give you a narrative, any cutscenes, and the combat is more a necessary tool than a gorgeous fun - but if you're the kind that likes deep mechanics and slow, yet deliberate gameplay, you'll find it very rewarding.

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Note: We are only showing paid DLC at this time. Free DLCs will be added at a later date.

Large Content DLC

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What does it add?

Utopia adds many new mechanics and improvements to the base game. New mechanics are Megastructures (like Dyson Spheres), influencing primitive cultures, better slavery, improved space station system and also new Ascension mechanics, which basically allow you to advance your civilization even more.

Buy this if:

  • You like the idea of building structures encompassing suns
  • You like the many various improvements to diplomacy, slavery it brings (e. g. indoctrination, populations creating movements)
  • You like the idea of new end game goals in the game (eg. AI Rebellion)

Key store price: 7.49 €
Traditional store price: 9.99 €
Metacritics Rating: 82
Release date: Apr 6, 2017
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

It adds the possibility to start a game playing as a machine empire - an empire comprised only from robots. It adds new story missions and mechanics for such robot empires, as well as including them in the normal campaign. Of course, it also adds new race portraits, portraying them as machines. Was praised for new, interesting mechanics, while criticized for lacking robot ships or cityscapes.

Buy this if:

  • You like the idea of leading a whole robot empire
  • You have the need to exterminate organic beings with steel and electricity
  • You don't mind robots not having their own ship types

Key store price: 5.38 €
Traditional store price: 5.99 €
Release date: Sep 21, 2017
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

This DLC brings host of new, "Colossus" planetary killer weapons, that can, well, eliminate entire planets from existence. Also you can build enormous capital, "Titan" class capital ships, encounter planetary pirates, as well as new ascension perks and civics.

Buy this if:

  • You have slight megalomaniac tendencies
  • You want to build massive, Death-Star like weapons and destroy planets with them
  • You want to build huge capital ships

Key store price: 11.26 €
Traditional store price: 15.99 €
Release date: Feb 22, 2018
Trailer: YouTube
More info: Link

Story Packs

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What does it add?

It adds giant space creatures to the game that can affect your progress in many ways, also Enclaves, which are quite like city states (you can trade goods and information), and adds the possibility for Fallen Empires to go to war with each other.

Buy this if:

  • You like the idea of giant, spacefaring creatures that you need an army for
  • You like the idea of city state-like enclaves that can provide you buffs and research points

Key store price: 4.15 €
Traditional store price: 4.99 €
Release date: Oct 20, 2016
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

The Distant Stars DLC adds new, hidden galaxy network unlocking strange and not before seen stars. Each of these solar systems has interesting planet types and backstory. It also adds dozens of new anomalies to the game. Also adds various monstrous space creatures.

Buy this if:

  • You want to add variety to your Stellaris playthrough
  • You are enamored by exploration and wonders in space

Release date: May 22, 2018
Trailer: YouTube

Species Packs

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What does it add?

It basically adds a species to the game, with unique art, race portraits, ships and cityscapes. It has very little gameplay effect, but then almost none of the race choices does. Was criticized for not providing enough content for the price.

Buy this if:

  • You like the idea of playing a plants species and like the spaceship art (basically spaceships with leaves)
  • You don't mind it has very little to no effect on gameplay

Key store price: 3.33 €
Traditional store price: 3.99 €
Release date: Aug 4, 2016
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

The pack adds flavor to the humanoid portion of civilizations - adding new portraits, ship models, voiceovers and music tracks to spice up one's gaming experience. It was moderately recieved - while players appreciated the quality of the portraits and models, it is considered to have too little content for the price.

Buy this if:

  • You love Stellaris and you want to change up your next campaign with some new ships and portraits
  • You play mostly humanoids and want more types of them

Key store price: 5.09 €
Traditional store price: 5.99 €
Release date: Dec 6, 2017
Trailer: YouTube
More info: Link
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Platforms: Classic store price: Key store price:
Standard Edition PC 15.19 € 7.99€
Nova Edition PC 19.99 € 9.60€
Galaxy Edition PC 26.59 € 13.69€

Edition Chart

Standard Edition Nova Edition Galaxy Edition
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New race type in the game (cosmetic skin) white checkmark white checkmark
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Note: Last updated: 3 days ago. This feature is being worked on and there may be some inaccuracies.

Classic videogame stores

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15.19 €

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39.99 €

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39.99 €

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  1. Just know there is a tiny risk. Either your purchase will fail and you will use your money, or that the key you recieved won't work. It has never happened to us or anyone we know, but it has certainly happened to a number of people on the internet. That is partly the nature of the business, partly un-consumer business practices of some of the stores. In 99.9 % of cases, the purchase will be ok, but sometimes it won't.
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