Space Empires V is about conquering and exploring and it does that well enough, especially if you are into micromanagement. The interface is convoluted enough that you learn to appreciate the hotkeys. It is difficult to scroll through planets and you can lose track of who owns what. There are a lot of options, though, and 4x gamers (who love explore, expand, exploit, exterminate empire building games like this one) love their options. The universe never really feels alive, but it does feel like you are slowly getting it under your control. The computer opponents are little more than a nuisance, but protect their own systems quite vigorously.