Epic Games Store’s upcoming free-to-play game, Galactic Civilizations 3, might scratch that 4X strategy itch some gamers may be feeling right now.
The Epic Games Store has grown into a formidable digital store. After some shaky first steps, the store has managed to bring back some more skeptical gamers, some of whom have been won over by the platform’s steady stream of free games. After a host of great free games this past Christmas season, Epic Games is kicking off its 2022 with a giveaway of Galactic Civilizations 3.
A 4X strategy game set in a vast sci-fi universe, Galactic Civilizations 3 First released in 2015, and in fact, the Epic Games Store has given it away before, about a year ago. However, for those who are new to the game / franchise, there are plenty of cool gameplay features and a decent sci-fi narrative to dive into.
Galactic Civilization 3 story and setting
As the third installment in a franchise that has been around for nearly twenty years, there is a lot of backstory and lore to delve into before a new player can get lost in the deeper narrative of the game. To give a very, very brief history lesson: There were two ancient space civilizations known as the Drengin and the Arceans.
These civilizations eventually built stargates that allowed them to travel much longer distances in mere moments. What began as a mutually beneficial relationship soon turned into war, with the Drengin using stargate technology to attack the Arceans. After pushing back their forces, the Arceans began searching the galaxy for other life forms.
The Drengin and Arceans encounter a synthetic species known as Yor, which were created by the Forerunner civilization, also known as the Dread Lords. Thousands of years later, in 2117, the arcana reached out to humanity on Earth and offered them stargate technology. In return, humanity used its advanced fusion energy technology to create hyperdrives, which allow individual ships to bend space and travel to a specific destination in seconds.
This hyperdrive technology was quickly used by all civilizations as a means to conquer the rest of the galaxy, building colonies on all planets as quickly as possible. This inevitably led to a conflict between civilizations, which led to the events of the first game.
The events of the second game see the Precursors, also known as the Dreadlords, return, bringing their genocidal philosophy to the galaxy and applying it where they can. After a brutal five-year war, the Dread Lords are defeated, but Yor and Drengin see an opportunity to join forces and attack the rest of the weakened galaxy.
Humanity is forced to split into two separate forces and many fleets are lost in a pocket universe. The third game takes place 10 years later, and much of the galaxy has undergone some drastic changes: civilizations have been wiped out, some have been sterilized, and the Drengin Empire rules the galaxy with iron first, even trapping Earth within a orbital. force field. It is up to humanity and the player to regain control of the galaxy.
Galactic Civilization 3 gameplay
Galactic Civilizations 3 is a 4X strategy game, from start to finish. This is a genre where gamers either love it or hate it, but if they love 4X strategy games, they will surely enjoy this game.
In Galactic Civilizations 3, players take control of one of the 11 awesome factions in the game. Each civilization starts with a single planet and you have to build your fleet and technology before you can set out and conquer the galaxy.
A particularly unique game feature in Galactic Civilizations 3 is the ability to create and customize ships. Players can change the visual design of a ship, as well as customize what weapons and defenses it has, ensuring that the specific challenges of each battle are addressed.
However, if players prefer a more peaceful solution to the conflict, then Galactic Civilizations 3 has got them covered. Players can weaken and take control of the surrounding planets using their own cultural influence, opening them up to indoctrination and eventually domination.
Galactic Civilizations 3 will be free on the Epic Games Store from January 13-20.