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Sure, this game was buggy and horrid for the first months it was out. After all the patches it ended up being an ok game. I personally still own the CD I bought a year after original release at Babbages for $10 because no one wanted it, with the thick book that's half story half about the game. The manual is a good read to be honest.
The game in it's current condition is playable, and I love the ship design and space combat. Spinal mounts, missiles, fighters and etc. are all factored in and make for great battles. The management is a bit dry and research is random what you unlock but the game is still a great game for me. It's below Space Empires 4 but only because SE4 is much simpler and makes for faster turns.