|I should have made it less broad, 4x for me is a space strategy genre. Civ isnt a 4x game cause what are you exploring? Grass and trees? If I want to explore that I go to the countryside, hell even a park will do. Come on! Regardless, I find Civ more tedious than most turn based strategy games. Some might say its cause of depth, I say it's cause of... boring. I Played all 3 and will get 4th, but boring is the worst. But I liked the curve ball and I think Moo2 can stand up even to civ2, but they realy dont belong in the same category. Maybe is civ2 had unit design. On another hand if galciv was more like civ, then no one would compare it to moo series, they'd compare it to civ instead |
Broad? Your last post was pretty focused. It said "l love tactical combat therefore galciv sucks". Anyway.
4X genre. eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate.
In Moo and GC you start with 1 colony, explore space to find more worlds, colonise them (expand), develop them to produce more ships/research/taxes/influence (exploit) and then you finally exterminate the opposition through warfare or diplomatic power.
In Civilisation you start with 1 city, explore the surrounding territory to find good spots for new cities, build new settlements (expand), develop them to produce more units/research/taxes (exploit) and then you finally exterminate the opposition. 4x.
The entire 4x genre began with Civilisations. Moo1 and GC OS2 saw a good thing and made their own space based reinterpretations. The Moo series went for the tactical warfare focus, gal civ went for the strategic empire management overview. The key underlying difference between Civ and the others is setting. Civ is historical, Moo/GC are sci-fi. Past that Alpha Centauri (civ sci-fi edition) is planet bound, Moo/GC are galaxy spanning. You see a planets surface in one, a galaxy map in the other, but you do the same things.
Ultimately its all dressing, under the visuals they're all the same genre and focus on the aspects they think are most important. For Moo2 it was warfare, for GC its empire management.