I disagree strongly that BE is a bad product, I had issues with it even running until I found the conflict with Razor Synapse but now that I can play the game I am having lots of fun. Yes as in any 4x game the AI needs work. Pandora came out first and is a decent game and very similar to BE but does not have the depth that the Civ franchise has. Endless Legend like Endless space before it, though a well polished game and fun, does not have the depth of a the Civ franchise. I got bored of endless space much sooner than GalCiv2 or SotS. I have gotten bored of Endless Legends and feel that BE will last longer.