Gemini Wars was initially released a singleplayer only game. The developer made it known that two new modes would be released down the road, Skirmish and Multiplayer. This update is what provoked this review. A 4X Strategy game with multiplayer has been done; sadly, they do not work out very well. Skirmish however is a lovely addition to this genre as you do not have to replay the campaign to enjoy the game if you just want gratuitous strategy shenanigans. This review is for the Skirmish and Multiplayer modes because of the update.
While this was a substantial update there is not much to talk about. The gameplay of Gemini wars is a lot like other 4X Space games. You have a starting planet with a nearby area to mine. You have a few ships to protect your small fleet as well as ships to spread your empire. You win when the opponent gives up or you destroy everything of theirs. Who can be the better space explorer and conqueror is the name of the game.
I would have to say the best mode is the Skirmish mode. You can play vs AI in a random map and it is the quickest way to get your 4X Space strategy fix. While the matches can still take quite a long time due to the pacing it is better than just replaying the campaign over and over again. While there are some major pacing issues in this game due to it being so large, it can still be fun if you like 4X Space titles. Gemini Wars is by far the best 4X Space Strategy title to be released this year. Playing Skirmish after you beat the singleplayer is the best course of action so you may continue playing.
The multiplayer PvP additions are a hit and miss. I am not the biggest fan of PvP inclusions in singleplayer driven video games and Gemini Wars is a reason why. Unless you have a friend to play with you will not going to be finding many people playing online. The game is good, but not massively popular. If you start playing later in the game and not as experienced you will be going against that one guy who sits in his basement doing nothing but playing this game and he will wreck you every time.
While this game is relatively turn based, playing multiplayer seems slower than skirmish and that is a big drawback. I am a patient gamer when playing strategy games, but multiplayer matches feel like they drone on forever. The multiplayer is very bunk and after a couple of matches, I do not want to go back. Just play more skirmish is my mentality.
While this review was very short and mainly applicable to the updates of Gemini Wars, I will give it two scores for both modes added. Skirmish gets an 8/10 for being a well-deserved update and something strategy games should have. I give the multiplayer a 4/10 for being boring, simple as that. It did not feel like it was needed. You can pick up Gemini Wars on Steam with the two new modes included now.