This is not a review, it is a flame, pure and simple. Like many have said, this game MAY be good one day, but there is simply no excuse for any game to be released in this condition. And I thought Empire Total War was a mess on release...
What's more frightening is how many folks on this board want to give them a pass for this failure. I understand loyalty, but don't you feel just a little shafted, here? I realize every game is going to have some issues upon first release, but this goes too far. Stardock won me over with Gal Civ, but they have lost me with this one. It screams desperation, and I wonder if the company is in trouble financially because I can think of no other reason it was pushed out the door this quickly. Any company that's willing to risk its own long-term solvency for a quick infusion of cash has serious problems.
As gamers, we like to admire small, independent game companies with big ideas, because we respect them for not selling out to larger producers like EA, etc. But apparently they can sell out their fans by promising a functional PC game, charging $50 for it, and then telling them they'll fix it later.
Stardock should be ashamed.