Endless Space 2 is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Critic Reviews

Leif Johnson
Top Critic
7.9 / 10.0
May 24, 2017

Endless Space 2 is a beautiful and capable 4X game, with memorable personality that's seemingly calculated down to the pixel level. It doesn't deviate much from the genre's norms, but it delivers a generally satisfying 4X experience with only a few missteps in combat and diplomacy. Provided you're also okay with tackling a steep learning curve, it's also a satisfying entry point for the genre.

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77 / 100
May 19, 2017

Gorgeous grand strategy with atmosphere, depth and replayability—but it needs more time to reach its potential.

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Metro GameCentral
GameCentral
Top Critic
8 / 10
May 23, 2017

One of the best sci-fi strategy games ever made, with an impressive amount of storytelling variety and accessible controls.

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GameSpot
Top Critic
8 / 10
May 22, 2017

Endless Space 2 provides loads of 4X strategizing and space-opera-styled storytelling in this epic about building an intergalactic empire.

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Luke Plunkett
Top Critic
Unscored
May 22, 2017

Endless Space 2 is now one of the real standard-bearers in the 4X space. While some of its more direct elements come up short, its implementation of politics is a masterstroke, adding depth and complexity to part of a game that often feels like an arbitrary chore.

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May 25, 2017

Where other 4X titles lean towards a more utilitarian presentation, Endless Space 2 starts with a great 4X game and layers on good art, great writing, and excellent UI design. There's a wide variety of play in the available factions and a deep political system that underpins the entire thing. The combat disappoints and the AI could use some improvement, but Amplitude is known for its expansions and improvements. What's here is already a 4X class act.

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May 18, 2017

And I must again praise Endless Space 2's depth, that seems … well … endless. I've put more than 40 hours into Endless Space 2, and, while I still feel like there are things I don't understand and I'm not always sure if I'm doing the right thing, I also don't want to stop playing. Endless Space 2 is addictive, rewarding and substantive, and it stands tall in the 4X genre even among the greats of Stellaris and Civilization.

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8.5 / 10.0
May 18, 2017

I had a lot of fun with Endless Space 2, and I'm looking forward to putting more time in with it. Despite my initial reservations about diving into the deep end, I soon found myself invested in the stories that came from my triumphs and failures. There's a lot to like here if you give it a chance, and even if strategy isn't your preferred genre, you might find that it's worth your time to give ES2 a shot.

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8 / 10.0
May 18, 2017

Endless Space 2 is the game that the fans of the 4X genre wanted and expected. Not only it is great for the most experienced players, but also has a style that is perfect for the newcomers.

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Alex Donaldson
Top Critic
Unscored
May 19, 2017

Come prepared to learn and Endless Space 2 will impress, then sink its claws deep.

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7 / 10
May 23, 2017

Long and enjoyable, Endless Space 2 offers the user a deep experience full of options and with thousands of objectives to achieve. It is also hard and very, very slow.

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9.3 / 10.0
May 25, 2017

Endless Space 2 isn't just a very solid 4X game. It's also quite the narrative experience. Every faction has a story to tell, and every game will see you playing to their strengths while learning that story.

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Unscored
May 18, 2017

From the interface to economics, it sports some of the best systems I've seen in a 4X game, and like Endless Legend, it's simultaneously confident and experimental, finding new ways to spice up a genre that can too often be bland.

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85 / 100
May 22, 2017

Endless Space 2 brings 4X to life with a gorgeous presentation and a host of new approaches to a well-established genre. While a few bugs remain, Amplitude has patched the game twice in the last week. By all accounts, Endless Space 2 is easily one of the best examples of the genre.

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The Games Machine
Daniele Dolce
Top Critic
8.8 / 10.0
May 28, 2017

Endless Space 2 is the best videogame ever developed by Amplitude Studios. It's a 4X strategic game with a deep (and unusual, for this kind of productions) storyline and an almost flawless gameplay.

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JVL
Spike
Top Critic
17 / 20
Jun 20, 2017

Amplitude made a great work, Endless Space 2 is a good successor of is big brother and bring a lot of new stuff for the gamers. A game who's easy enough for beginner and really interesting if you dig upon the gameplay, thanks to a nicely done politic system. If the developer can correct some bugs, we can have an epic 4X game for the fans. Anyway we hope the combat system will change to something more visceral on an hypotetic third game.

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ZTGD
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
May 26, 2017

Endless Space 2 has that special, addictive, one-more-turn quality about it. There is real style here, and a hell of a lot of substance to back it up.

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Chris Wray
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
May 24, 2017

Endless Space 2 is a great 4X strategy game that is almost guaranteed to improve. While not free of bugs, including a few large ones, it's a title that oozes character. Each and every game offers the flexibility to play the way you want to and adapt as you please, while offering some excellently told stories with every game also offering a fresh emergent story to boot.

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84 / 100
May 18, 2017

With a much improved tutorial advisor, fantastic graphics, and race specific storylines, Endless Space 2 is a galactic adventure worth having.

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8 / 10
May 18, 2017

Endless Space 2 bolsters Amplitude's reputation for superb, unique 4X faction design. The interwoven narrative and management mechanics produce a universe within which its easy to lose yourself, but some lingering bugs suggest the game may have launched prematurely.

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