Anyone wanna give me an opinion on Swords of the Stars Complete?
I say go for it. It's very MOO in many ways, especially streamlined planet management. The backstory for all the races and their gameplay differences are very deep. Tech strategy matters a lot. Game-changing random encounters.
They made some bewildering choices that drag out aspects of gameplay, such as making every battle last the same length of time. If the computer refuses to surrender or draw, the best you can do is run out the clock at 8x. You can select autoresolve in place of combat.
Flawed but still a superior 4x game. You can customize it to shorten combat, boost the early game, plus all the other stuff you'd expect.