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Saracen

This could be the greatest TBS game of all time!

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It's called Shadow Empire. What is Shadow Empire?

Yeah, it looks old, it looks like a Wargame. But what is here is an innovative mesh of different strategy systems and 4X gameplay. It's absolutely frigging incredible!

A few reviews:

https://www.strategygamer.com/reviews/shadow-empire/

https://www.wargamer.com/reviews/shadow-empire/

https://explorminate.co/what-to-expect-shadow-empire/

Some player one liners:

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"I’m blown away by it. It’s so complex and layered but it’s exactly what I’ve wanted for a while. CK2-esque, ATG. It’s just great." - Richardsplash (Reddit)

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"One of the best games I've ever played. It's amazing. The art style is reminds me of a pastiche Starship Trooper - which is a good thing" - ramXDev (Reddit)

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"Just rolled up a planet that has 7-meter long advanced vertebrate super-crabs with massive jaws, and also some winged "maxilobsters" too for good measure. This game's world generation is f*$%^&g insane." - 408Lurker (Reddit)

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"Shadow Empire is one of the best games I've ever played. You have created an experience unparalleled in anything that I've played for the last 15 years. - Che (Responding to Dev on Steam)

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"Amazing game! I am in awe... Such a labor of love and truly a complex SciFi Strategy Extravaganza." - VasQuez (Steam)

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"Shadow Empire is a SHOCKING revolution in the world of 4X/strategy games. Everything else is obsolete as of yesterday" - Pinback (Discord)

This game is complex and as fun as hell. So much so, it has a 349 page manual. I have even sidelined the C&C Remastered Collection because all I want to do is play this game instead.

It's hard to explain it, so I'm just going to show it off. This is a decent Let's play of the release version:

 

This is the Steam Page (Coming Soon): https://store.steampowered.com/app/1154840/Shadow_Empire/

Buy Now Matrix: https://www.matrixgames.com/game/shadow-empire

Buying now will grant you a Steam Key when it's released there.

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This game feels like a spiritual successor to Sid Meier's Alpha Centari and all other crappy war mobile games with microtransactions. But it feels like this had come a bit too late in this decade.

However, Cities Skylines IMO with mods, assets and DLCs is way more complex than this.

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Genuine question. Have you played this game? 

If not then I would debate that point. I've played a lot of Cities mods and such and they still don't reach the complexity and interwoven systems that this game does. 

Shadow Empire does look rather basic on the outside and at first glance. But the bigger picture is anything but. I've put about 30 hours into Shadow Empire already in the last 6 days and I still do not have a full grasp of it. Those that have played 100 hours still haven't come to fully appreciate everything this game has to offer. 

Cities with mods that attempt to up the complexity? No. With knowledge of the SimCity franchise and some patience Cities is a breeze by comparison. 

I have experience with Wargames, even deep experience with Advanced Tactics Gold which is the foundation Shadow Empire is built upon, yet I'm still learning this game and its nuances. 

So no, unfortunately I would have to respectfully disagree with you on that point. 

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Have we finally got a spiritual successor to Emperor of the Fading Suns? (I just watched the video a bit and this is my first impression)

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It certainly has its inspiration from EotFS. But SE is more contained to a single planet. There's many similar systems at play, but also some new ones thrown into the mix. SE also plays more like a Wargame. 

That said, I wouldn't mind a remaster or a remake of EotFS that maintains the same complexity. I'd be all over that like a rash. 

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