Hooked Gamers writes: "Namedropping is a powerful thing. When creative director Romain de Waubert says his new game can be best described as “a lovechild of Civilization, Master of Orion and Total War”, people pay attention. After sinking 30 hours into the playable alpha, I’m inclined to say that Endless Space fits in with that crowd in terms of sheer quality but that it has a different parentage. It is a 4X strategy game but it also shares more similarities with Sins of a Solar Empire than anything else. And that’s a good thing: Sins is a great game."