Space Empire IV is a 4X. Stellaris is not
a 4X. It has 4X elements
, which is a totally different thing. What I'm saying here is, a cow has some elements of a table because they both have legs. Someone that calls Stellaris a 4X is saying that the cow is
That could be why you disliked it.
A lot of people disliked it because it isn't pure 4X. Going into it expecting a 4X is not a good thing to do.
I know that. I was not expecting a 4X; in fact, I've never played a game loudly labelled as such and am not even sure what to expect from one.
I wasn't expecting anything, really. I knew you control a space empire, and there are battles, resource management, research, blah blah blah. That's about it.
It just didn't appeal right off the bat.
It didn't help that some of it was done unprofessionally. The stars have/had texture seams, my science vessel had a hole in the geometry, and the UI felt clunky.