This game I like very much, however I don't play anymore, it has the elements that a pure strategy player seek to find, do not expect to see latest graphics -graphics are somewhat below average-, however expect awesome, outstanding gameplay, and this is why after I evaluated this I say play asap.
The tech tree is really huge.
There is so many things u can alter, custom friendly.
One drawback, if you select max players & max units & max pop & the biggest galaxy -u get the point- during turns the loading is ridiculous slow, loading times suffer during end of turns :S
with smaller galaxies this problem is fixed.
A superb game ONLY for strategy players. I say this cause if you do not really like strategy games do not give it a try.