You simply won't find a more in depth XXXX game around. The interface is excellent, everything can be on screen at once practically, no multi menu flipping. The game has very low system requirements, it runs on my 166 32 meg. The variety of play styles makes for very good longevity, from an RPG point attribution system better than Master Of Orions to scenario based play. One of the best features of this game I should pont out is its amazing customisability (look it up), all major game files can be edited from paintbrush and notepad. All in all if I were to compare this to Civ 2 Space Empires 4 wins hands down, but this is VERY much personal opinion so buy it and find out for yourself.
This game ended any semblance of a life I had before I got it. So if you value your family, friends, job, sleep and anything which may divert you from this game then dont even get the demo. However real life seems so futile when you have seen what the galaxy has to offer. Oh and the graphics and sound (especially sound and music) are pretty pants.
The Bottom Line
The ultimate XXXX game pick it up from shrapnel games today.