Masters of Orion III but better
If you ever played the last version of Master of Orion (III), this game is very similar in content, only looks and plays better. Combat has been somewhat simplified but in a game of this scope, it only helps things run along smoothly, something which MOO 3 failed miserably at. The game also implements some of the more fun features of the series that had been omitted from MOO 3… leaders that can be hired by your faction to lead fleets or star systems, random events present challenges and bonuses, etc.
All in all, it is a relaxing and enjoyable game that has quite a bit of replayability, as you can design your own race and can have a hand in designing battle ships and assembing fleets. The space battles are pretty cool to watch too. A great game if you like grand scale sci-fi strategy games.