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The grand strategy title Stellaris is making its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Great to see a 4x game hitting consoles.

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Image: Paradox

When discussing the differences between console and PC gaming, one of the big points that I always seem to end up on is the lack of variety when it comes to 4x and grand strategy type games on console. They are there, but the number of quality titles is usually limited and far between.

Which makes Paradox bringing Stellaris to console so exciting. Scheduled for release on February 26, players will soon have the chance to set out on an epic quest that sees your gaining power in a dynamic universe, where decisions, alliances, and aliens can all shape your empire, democracy, and anything in between.

Built from the ground up

For Stellaris’ console release, the team at Paradox has completely redone the UI to make the experience with controller more streamline for players. Which is a good thing, Stellaris has plenty of depth in the form of menus, maps, stats, and various other things that require cycling through levels of menus.

Console controls will include four main menus accessed by your directional buttons and should prove to be pretty comfortable for those making the switch from PC to console. And with the game’s ability to pause time, even if you are feeling overwhelmed you’ll be able to take a step back and get everything back in order.

It should be noted that, according to Polygon, the game will not feature mouse and keyboard support.

So, what is Stellaris?

In Stellaris, you spawn your civilization (that you customize from looks to government, to ship style, and everything in between) into a randomly generated swatch of space. Other NPC civilizations are peppered throughout the galaxy and as time goes on, these civilizations (and yours, hopefully) begin to grow and take up more space.

With this title, you have a lot of freedom on how you play. You can be a war-minded society that doesn’t make friends and tries to spread your ideologies, or you can go with a more peaceful approach as you try to make friends and woo other groups to help build a better galaxy. Like many 4x games, you’ll spend plenty of times finding new places to obtain resources, while also managing planets and other aspects of your civilization.

There is fighting, of course, and you might find yourself in some epic space battles with other groups, or even against groups of roaming alien vessels.  Overall, the experience is a rewarding one and worth your time if you like the style of game.

Stellaris: Console Edition releases on February 26 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for $39.99. There will also be a Deluxe edition available that includes the Leviathans Story Pack and the Utopia expansion (when they release).

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