The description got my brother and I (both hardcore 4× space strategy game fans) excited, but upon playing the game, it's just too big, and too repetitive.
The research may be endless but there's no flavour to it at all. All you do is get “Laser tech 1” “Laser tech 2” and so forth. It lacks any of the depth of civilisation management that Sword Of The Stars or Master Of Orion 2 have.
It's an interesting way to make a 4× game, and it is trying something new, so I give it points for bravery. It just isn't fun.