Reviews by Theslowest D.

Stellaris: Lithoids Species Pack
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Skipping Rocks

I'm glad to see this DLC available for Stellaris - the lithoids in Master of Orion 2 were weird and interesting to me when I was younger. Living rocks? That eat rocks? Crazy. But beyond adding living rocks to Stellaris, there's not much that this DLC does that you need. If you want rocks, get some rocks. Otherwise, skip the rocks.

by Theslowest D., United States - Jun 16th 2021
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Cities: Skylines
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Not A Game

Cities: Skylines is difficult for me to review - I actually disliked it so much when I first bought it on steam, that I refunded it. I had never played a city-builder game before and it just wasn't for me. However, as an artist, I came back around to it years later, and bought it here - because what it's really useful for (with the right mods) is as a city-painter. Being able to plop down houses and shops and sidewalks and roads, planning out a town to set a comic in, making a 3d map you can cam around and really get a feeling for your setting, is where Cities: Skylines really opened up for me. As a game, I still can't get into it, but as a place where I can be creative it has been fairly good - I just wish I didn't have to mod it to get the type of 'creative mode' tools that I need.

by Theslowest D., United States - Jun 16th 2021
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Stellaris
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Good and Getting Better

Stellaris is an interesting mix of bits and pieces from many different games. First and foremost is Paradox's normal grand strategy bits, but it also takes inspiration from Master of Orion, Sins of a Solar Empire, Civilization, and many other strategy games that have come before it. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not. The good news is that the game is still being actively developed. Bugs are being fixed, there's a lively modding community, new free updates and new paid DLC come out regularly, even 5 years in.

by Theslowest D., United States - Jun 16th 2021
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Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack
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Here There Be Monsters

This DLC is fairly skippable, but if you like the idea of running into some horrible space monsters and having to muster fleets to deal with them, Leviathans has you covered. Adds a little more flavor and points of interest to your game, but it's not necessary to really enjoy Stellaris.

by Theslowest D., United States - Jun 16th 2021
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Stellaris: Humanoids Species Pack
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Currently Cosmetic

As of this writing, this DLC is entirely cosmetic - which is fine, if you just want to have some space orks or space elves or space dwarves, and some rounded, star-trek-esque spaceships. For the price, really comes down to how much you want those things. However, Paradox has announced that they're going to be coming back around and adding some minor functionality to this DLC, so in the future it may have some neat futures that make it more attractive.

by Theslowest D., United States - Jun 16th 2021
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Stellaris: Federations
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One of Two

Federations and Utopia are two almost-required DLC for playing Stellaris. Federations, in particular, has some key features - namely, Origins, Megastructures, and Federations. The Origins add replayability and variety through different starting conditions. You can form a federation without owning this DLC - but you'll be limited to the default type, where this DLC adds more variety (many of which are much better suited to specific playstyles and empire types). And lastly, the megastructures - powerful end-game constructions that give you something to do in the late game besides crank out battleships. The Galactic Community is not terribly relevant, and the Juggernaught is nice - but not really the highlight of the DLC.

by Theslowest D., United States - Jun 16th 2021
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Stellaris: Utopia
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Two of Two

The second of two nearly-mandatory DLC for Stellaris - the first being Federations - Utopia adds more megastructures, ascension perks and Traditions (these should not be unfamiliar to Civ 5 players), and some more Civics to customize your government with for more replayability and variety.

by Theslowest D., United States - Jun 16th 2021
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