Stellaris: Federation , omg I don’t even know what am I doing here, I should have given up long ago as this game is clearly not for me and no update is going to fix this bur here I am with thisnew DLC.
First good thing though, update didn’t break the save I have from Megacorp DLC when I lost energy to play on. So I go back to this save and sure some stuff has changed so I had to change some buildings layout on planets but had plenty of resources in stock so I get back on track pretty quickly.
Federation stuff is pretty neat, galactic senate is pretty cool, still it is strange it has to come with DLC, where game like Alpha Centauri has things like that from a get go (less advanced but still).
Still after a weekend of play the problems I ahve with this game are still laser visible and I barly have energy to keep on playing. So much stuff is that cost you effort is deeply unsatisfying. Like long chain of events now can grant you relic that gives you +5% monthly energy. This is such a let down. Whole game was always like that. Now like 80% galactic senate resolutions are like that: only handful affect policies like banning slavery or something.
Most damning though is still amount of horrible micromanaging stuff. I have 40 colonies like waging full scale war is pita, managing piracy on your trade lane is sheer horror. I don’t understand if this war ever tested as fun thing to do. Instead of just screen where you throw resources, fleets and admirals to combat piracy and be gone, you had to manually identify affected trade route and then manually send fleet of corvettes on patrol. Maybe with 5-10 system, it is a cool something to do in a meantime, with my sprawiling empire it is absurd, time consuming idioticy.
I’m sucker for space grand strategy and I take something from Stellaris but very quickly underlaying misguided desgin choices kill it for me. It is unsalavgeable.