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I got Endless Space 2, and all the DLC, as part of starting my journey into 4X games.
I have been advised that the last DLC sucks, so I got some mods to make it better
The first tutorial game I lost because another empire reached the score threshold first.
I'm now doing a "real" game and there are all new mechanics, thanks to the DLC that wasn't active in the tutorial, and a new balance, thanks to all the mods. But it's all pretty intuitive. I dig the color-coded design for most things. Industry is orange, food is green, science is blue, etc, so you don't have to read everything, you can just click on the blue things if you want more science.
I think I might like it better than Stellarius, but I only have the base game of that.