Why are Affinities so closely tied to the tech web? How does this reflect your actual play style at all? How does it immerse you in the tenets of one path or the other? For example, why don't my actions towards the native life (kill or let live) have any bearing whatsoever as to whether I gain Purity or Harmony points? I feel like Harmony players ought to have a way to acquire Alien artifacts without pillaging alien nests. The whole Affinity system should really be much more closely tied to quest choices and actual gameplay. Likewise, if you go hybrid, that should also be reflected in how you play. Instead, the devs bizarrely continue emphasizing tech web choices and placing way, way, way too much importance on units and not nearly enough on changing other aspects of the game, like improvements or growth or science output. I mean shouldn't going Supremacy maybe put me in a better position to maximize my beakers and energy production, while making me relatively weaker when it comes to culture and growth, while Purity has the opposite problem and Harmony really excels at growth/food and maintaining health? I feel like I should see more sprawling hive-like cities with Harmony factions, that are maybe even able to get the most out of organic resources like tubers and chitin without the use of improvements, while Supremacy might have access to better mineral improvements and so on. There should also be a more tangible sense of fellowship and cooperation between factions sharing the same Affinity, to show how planetary divisions are being drawn along ideological lines with the future of human evolution at stake. Currently, Affinities just aren't distinct enough. There's no sense of character or depth to them. They're paint jobs.