So I've played through two games now and I have to say this game has pretty much satisfied me as a spiritual successor to Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri.
It changes up the mechanics of Civilization more than any other game in the series, even Alpha Centauri, what with the affinity system and the new tech web instead of tech tree. I haven't digged too much into the new strategy mechanics though, I'm wondering if anyone else here has and what they think?
The changes in combat are interesting as well and really change up the pace and feel of the game. Aliens are super-strong at the begging of the game and can influence civilizations much more in the early game. Also, the fact that units getting stronger no longer relies on tech in a direct way makes the domination strategy much more interesting and can include a variety of sub-strategy choices. However I'm worried that the combat will be out of balance in many games, but I have yet to play enough to see if this is true.
Also if there's anyone wanting to set up a multiplayer game let me know!