Dyson spheres, traditions and ascendancy perks. Space Utopia?
Much has changed since I first reviewed Stellaris this time last year. A fair amount of DLC and several large patches have only expanded on a winning combination. Paradox have certainly given Stellaris a significant amount of content us to chew on and Utopia is simply the latest in a line of content expansions. Admittedly, there is much I have yet to encounter and learn. In fact, it is unlikely that I will ever stop finding new aspects to admire.
Let us begin by giving mention to the Leviathans DLC which arrived back in October. The main premise here was the addition of, you guessed it, several rather sizable events. From impossible entities to hulking dreadnoughts, even a dimensional horror. In most cases you should be prepared for a tough fight! Let us not forgot the enclaves who will provide help, for a price. As DLC goes (and despite the name), the amount of content is a little short. But at £7.50 (around $9.70) I believe it’s worth it.
From massive creatures to mega structures, it’s Utopia, for some of us.
The Utopia DLC brings quite a host of changes, not the least of which is mega structures. Ever wanted to encase an entire sun in a Dyson Sphere? Maybe build one of the ring worlds you’ve encountered among the fallen empires? Now you can and, my goodness, are they glorious.
That’s not all, of course. One of the more game changing additions is traditions, a similar system to that of civics from the Civilization games. These tradition trees are now the only way to unlock certain features that previously required research. Many traditions also provide buffs to other areas, from border pops to faster colony growth, take your pick! But be careful, they get more expensive with each new choice.
Ascension and progress.
Another new system is that of ascendancy. These perks are granted once a tradition tree is completed, giving a choice of three directions of progression. Psionic transcendance, biological mastery and synthetic evolution. Utopia also adds advanced options for government and improved slavery systems. Let us not forget the inclusion of hive minds. Food has also, more recently, become a global resource, no longer will your population starve because your planets don’t share!
There is much more to play with and far more depth than I am able to convey. Rest assured, this is a major DLC and is certainly not lacking in content. For £15 ($19.40 approximately) they have not disappointed me. I only hope that Utopia is the beginning of a lasting 4X legacy for Stellaris.