EDIT: just checked the store page. Now it is listed as DRM-free. So I have no clue what is going on, since previous reviewers were really up in arms about that. After reading the top 10 reviews, it seems we MoOniacs
still prefer the 20-year old MoO II game to the new one. The various points brought up in the reviews seem fair to me.
For 4X games MoO2 is still THE reference game, no game till now has been able to kick MoO2 of its throne. ;)
The rest is not pointed at you ;) (although, maybe it is :D )
.... The only complaints I see in reviews are people overreacting to DRM......
The new one might be even a good game, I don't own it, only say videos and reviews (and don't plan on getting it) as it is NOT IMHO a real MoO game. Even MoO3 is more MoO as this one.
And taking core features away from a game is making sure buyers will be disappointed, No Lan? less races or better to say DLC policy? AI..... compared to the old one? (ok...let's leave the Ueberships out of it ;) ) and the list continues.....to find at the end of the list: Price.....
Why shall you get an inferior product for like 20 times the price? (sale: 1,29 Euro to 22,99 + 4,49 ) (and yes using the CE as you have to get this one to get the 'music', which was part of the base game)
And sorry, claiming overreaction is really really bad wording. Why? If you compare the original MoO2 with this new one, it is a really big step downwards in Multiplayer terms. Going from a game which allows you to play in LAN OR over the web to a game which ONLY allows playing over the web is a steep step downhill and correctly pointed out by those reviews. I am not necessarily against Galaxy, but this developer did go much further as indicated in quite a few reviews (like WHY is there ANY online activity if you play single player?). So for sure it is bound to create reactions, negative ones.
Again, it might be a decent game, but looses on all fronts, excepts 'better' graphics against the original. So why shall it receive better reviews?
MoO2 is able to be a >>fun<< game as well as challenging, new one? as far I saw, ONLY 'fun'....no real AI anymore.
As one reviewer here on GOG pointed out (as well as some one the web), it feels more like CIV, but not like MoO series.