I fired up the demo. Then I fired the demo. Not impressed at all. It's as I suspected. It's essentially Civilization 5 with a pasted on sci-fi theme. Same combat animation bugs carried over from Civilization 5 as someone else mentioned. 1UPT still stinks. UI and AI are pretty poor, to put it kindly. Dull and tedious gameplay. To be fair, there are a few little things that are kind of cool. The orbital layer thing is neat. The quests are alright. The Aliens are more interesting than Civilization 5's weak, emasculated barbarians, I suppose. Overall, it's not good at all. Pity.