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Space Empires V review

A minor gem lies underneath this pile of space dust


  • The universe never seemed so huge
  • Lots of customization
  • Smaller worlds are very replayable


  • The micromanagement
  • The interface needs a rewrite
  • Campaigns can take forever

Space Empires V is the latest in a venerable series that has a strong fan-base drawn to the open-ended possibilities it offers. Space Empires IV was six years ago, though, so this is a franchise that has been in drydock for a while. Space Empires V does everything it can to not be a generic conquer the galaxy game, often to its own detriment.

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DescriptionMicromanaging the galaxy isn't for everyone, but it can get interesting.
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date16 October 2006 (US), 16 October 2006 (UK)