I've been trying this game the past couple days while everyone I usually games with is MIA or so it seems.)
So far I have mixed feelings. I like the tech setup, but yet I hate it. Why are there seemingly endless levels for my weapons? Why can't they cap somewhere reasonable like 30? Also, the overall pace is very slow. Like slower than Civ4... and as any Civ4 player can tell you, it can get pretty slow towards the later years.
At any rate, it was less than $10 on Steam, so I'm not too worried about it. Guess I'll try some other space 4x games before I write the genre off as something I don't like.