Weekly eXchange #97 – From Russia With Love!

Join Nate and Troy as they bring you all the important information on all of your favorite 4X and strategy games! This week they discuss, Endless Legend: Tempest, Civilization 6, Stellaris, Endless Space 2, Dawn of Andromeda and much much more. As well as continued coverage for your other favorite 4X and strategy games!

Music for eXplorminate by Mangadrive


Show Notes:

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  1. Good to hear you guys are promoting a bit of detente.
    A punk Russian kid who pinches other people’s work is not Russia. Plagiarism is not specific to any nation or race. The Western perception of Russia is completely skewed by Western corporate media cartel propaganda who are promoting the neoliberal globalist agenda of their elite owners.
    (NB 5 mega transnational corporations currently control all US mainstream media. In my opinion that is not a free press. It is media oligopoly

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  2. Hey guys, thanks for the WX.

    One thing that bugs me about the Endless Space 1 combat (among others) is that you can’t really tell what’s going on. There’s shooting and ships blow up, but there’s really no way to tell if the weapons are hitting or missing, or if defenses are stopping incoming fire and if so, by how much. From what I’ve seen in Endless Space 2 videos, there have been considerable improvements in that area. As far as I could tell, each shot fired looked to be doing exactly what it was actually doing.

    I’d like to see a little better control over the camera though. The “cinematic” camera is too arbitrary for me and the “free” camera is too manual and fiddly. I liked the way the camera worked in Sword of the Stars, where it centers on a ship (or rock or even a missile) and tracks it while the player can rotate and zoom it.


  3. Sorry to disappoint, but the Russian “version” of the “This Thing Called Strategy” is not that impressive. It looks like a lightly edited “machine” translation. Typos, logical errors, and it doesn’t feel Russian.
    It’s not terribly bad comparing to what you can stumble upon on the Internet, but I wouldn’t recommend it to real native speakers.


  4. Always a good listen, thanks guys! I had no idea the art for Remnants of the Precursors was so good, my jaw was on the floor watching the slideshow. And free. /boggle

    If I drool any more over ES2 I’m going to short something out on my keyboard. :)

    Also, this comment would not be complete without a cheeky play on your Russian experience:

    In Soviet Russia, game reviews YOU!


  5. Thanks for another podcast!

    In the section about ES2 there was a note on how cool the different factions are. That’s been a sore point for me in the Endless series. The Craven are sounding a lot like the Necrophage and the Vodyani the Broken Lords. My problem with factions in EL is the fact that the buildings are not differentiated enough.

    I’m playing Necrophages and I’m building something called “Geomic Labs” or “Museum of Auriga.” I can’t imagine a Necrophage forager saying: “This artifact is of unique cultural value.”

    In the teaser video I’ve also seen how any faction can hire any heroes from another faction. It makes no sense in EL for example for a Draconic hero to work for the Necrophage. And if I remember this is the same for ES. In the video it’s explained there’s a temple somewhere in the galaxy training them all. It’s so hard to believe. Amplitude spends so much time on the lore of the factions and they drop the ball on this one crucial point. Is anyone else bothered by this?


    • I agree about the heroes, and some of the structures. But, you know, budgets. it would be nice if everything is unique, except no one really does that, at least not to this degree.

      Oh yea, thanks for listening.


  6. Barons of the Galaxy is not a Grindy MMO game that you’re on for hours at a time. You setup a company, trade routes and vote on events and come back to it on occasion. It’s mostly “played offline”, it’s something like Astro Empires or OGame but is based around commerce and political voting not just combat. =)



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