Stellaris

Rating Summary

Based on 40 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

76%

Critics Recommend

Based on 40 critic reviews
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Recommended
May 9, 2016

Stellaris is the Paradox grand strategy game you need to play.

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70 / 100
May 9, 2016

The early game promises an instant strategy classic, but Stellaris is unable to maintain that pace.

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IGN

Top Critic

6.3 / 10.0
May 9, 2016

Stellaris is filled with good ideas, and it's not difficult to see the outline of a great space strategy game where those ideas could come together. But beyond the early game, it's only compelling in bits and pieces – it turns into a largely uneventful slog after that. Paradox has developed a reputation of major upgrades to their games for years after launch, and Stellaris is going to need all that love and more to reach its potential.

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6 / 10
May 10, 2016

A disappointingly flawed grand strategy game, which for every good idea seems to have another that works actively against it.

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8.3 / 10.0
May 20, 2016

A series of small tasks makes Stellaris easy to jump into, but hard to put down without completing that "one last thing"

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7.5 / 10.0
May 20, 2016

Stellaris isn't astounding yet, but in time, it may just get there

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7 / 10
May 16, 2016

Stellaris gives you the stars as your playground, proving that Paradox capably translates some of their strategy game prowess into space.

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Unscored
May 9, 2016

A fantastic space strategy game let down by some plodding sections.

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May 16, 2016

It's good that, in a game about space, I've never felt limited, because there shouldn't be limits. While this almost feels like "Sim Universe" at times, the core difference is in something for which to strive and active threats beyond your own mishandling of resources and the occasional fire to put out. There's a whole universe out there, and I can't wait to play through Stellaris as many times as it takes to experience the whole thing.

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9 / 10.0
May 9, 2016

This is a game for anyone who has already enjoyed the grand strategy genre or anyone who has always wanted to. There is a strong sense of accomplishment from starting an empire and guiding it along the path you choose, even if it eventually ends in failure. Stellaris is easy to comprehend and exciting to execute, which is a perfect combination for a genre notoriously difficult to break into.

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