to add to what has already been said, I really like that they have a very handy and simple tutorial system. Other similar games like Sins of the solar empire, and sword of the stars 2 does not. So it made getting into playing and actually knowing what you're doing that much quicker. The turn based system is similar to the Total war series. You get notifications on events, hero lvl-ups, etc on the side in the form of bubbles, until you press one for more info, and once you've completed your actions you press end turn. I like it.. If you're still unsure about getting it, why not watch a YouTube game play video? (since there is no demo) This one is not bad, and its not a little kid talking, that's always a plus. www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM1AFpN6rh4
I have encountered a few bugs where some of the final techs update causes the system population to stop growing and/or resources being diverted to one single system. Really ****ed me off too ..the stoppages seems to be one or 2 techs in the east/west/south tech trees.