Weekly eXchange #181 – Stellaris 2.0?

Join Nate, Troy and Mark as they bring you all the important information on all of your favorite 4X and strategy games! This week they talk about Thea 2, At the Gates, Stellaris, Interstellar Space: Genesis and much much more. As well as continued coverage for your other favorite 4X and strategy games!

Music for eXplorminate by Mangadrive

Show Notes: 

  1. Thea 2 update – 02:14
  2. At the Gates update – 05:25
  3. Stellaris update – 10:04
  4. Interstellar Space: Genesis update – 28:16
  5. Dust Fleet update – 31:46
  6. Star Control: Origins update – 34:18
  7. Battletech update – 37:24
  8. Phoenix Point update – 39:01
  9. Warhammer 2 update – 41:10
  10. Frostpunk update – 42:30
  11. YouTube suppress content – 45:39

Games played – 48:15

  1. Factorio Steam page
  2. World of Tanks Blitz Steam page
  3. Oriental Empires Steam page
  4. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen Steam page
    • gamelink
  5. BattleTech Steam page


12 thoughts on “Weekly eXchange #181 – Stellaris 2.0?

  1. Battletech has been getting a mixed reception. I hope that whatever the players’ grievances are, Harebrain can accomodate them. It’d be a shame if the game did poorly.

    I will say that I’m dubious about Harebrain’s communication with its fans so far. All their posts I’ve seen are asking which mechs people like, which houses they support or what their analysis is of various combat scenarios. This suggests to me that they’re mainly talking to their entrenched fan base from the tabletop games, and not really thinking about people who are fresh to the franchise, such as myself.


    1. Only a few missions into the game but speaking as an old tabletop player BattleTech is awesome. Backed it on kickstarter, feel I got my moneys worth already.

      Few minor annoyances but every game has those IMO. If the game moves to slow there are some settings where you can turn off/reduce some of the cinematic moves etc. I did find the camera following mechs over the shoulder when they moved to be very annoying. That also got old in XCOM IMO.

      Sucks that some people are having issues. Based on their support for previous games things will be fixed.


  2. On the subject of Stellaris Fleet Manager: I haven’t had much problems with upgrading, they just go to the nearest Shipyard that isn’t currently building or upgrading something. If you’ve got one fleet being upgraded in a Shipyard already and it’s the closest to another fleet that fleet will go to the next closest Shipyard instead.

    Though the Reinforce order has some issues, it seems like it’s optimized more for getting new ships flying rather than bringing them to the fleet. If I’m reinforcing a badly damaged fleet I get a dozen small fleets flying around for the better part of a year.

    I have bigger issues with gate placement, I control four in my current game but they’re all at the far ends of my empire so the strategic value is miniscule. And two of them are in adjacent systems.


  3. I’m glad you guys touched on the micromanagement of starbases in Stellaris. I have over 2000 hours into the game from 1.2-1.9 and at one point it was probably just behind Civ 2 and SMAC as my all time favorite game, but 2.0 is so off-putting in so many ways I’ve only played 16 hours since it was released.

    It looks like Paradox’s vision and what I consider to be a fun game are no longer the same thing, which is a shame because I’ve put more hours into Stellaris than most players.


    1. I could have gone on much longer on some of other issues Stellaris has but the major bullet points are there.

      I agree that picking up Stellaris doesn’t have the same thrill it used to have.

      And I bow down to your numbers man. That’s insane haha


  4. 2000 hours?!? That’s insane. A year only has 8760 hours; and you spent a quarter of it playing Stellaris and probably another quarter to one-third of it sleeping. I do not own Stellaris 2.0 DLC Apocaypse and can’t comment; but I do not like the hyperspace only stuff.


  5. I would have loved to hear more about the Stellaris rent and less about the remaining games. It was really interesting.



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