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Audible eXtension For Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade

Join Nate, Troy, Dallin and Ben as they discuss the Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade review. We discuss what was left on the cutting-room floor and where this game is headed. Come and listen to what we think about Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade.

Music for eXplorminate by Mangadrive

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  1. Picked up Crusade, Mercenaries, and all of the other DLC last night on Steam for $22. I already had the base game but never fired it up, mainly because of the glut of Space 4X and my obsession with Stellaris.

    I’m a bit skeptical of Stardock stuff in general, though. I want to like their games, and they are perfectly playable, but they never have that x-factor that makes me want to play hours on end and countless playthroughs.

    We’ll see!

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  2. With the release of Crusade, Galactic Civilizations 3 and Stellaris are now (IMO) about neck and neck, with each offering a wealth of things the other game doesn’t.

    Stellaris has far more interesting species/empire creation, and more asymmetric empires… not just advanced start empires, but Fallen Empires, pre-FTL and pre-sentient species, Curator enclaves, Endgame Crisis threats, and so on. (GalCiv 3 only has the bazaar, and its minor species are a joke.) There are a lot of interesting narratives that have come from Stellaris campaigns.

    That said, GalCiv 3 has more interesting planet management and starbases (now), and despite how it is turn-based, the game seems curiously faster-paced than Stellaris. Most of my GalCiv 3 games have felt like a turn-by-turn battle to outmaneuver the other empires, while in Stellaris, I often simply wait for something to happen (or finish). There are regenerating anomalies now, too, which is nice.

    Also, GalCiv 3 has a full suite of victory conditions, with options other than “conquer the galaxy”. I know the Explorminate review said GalCiv 3’s victory conditions still amount to “conquer the galaxy”, but at least here (unlike Stellaris) there are options for builders as well as conquerors.

    I really like both games.

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