After finally getting a chance to try out the Le Guin update for Stellaris, I wanted to know who else has had a chance to try it and what their thoughts on it were.
My first game with the new update has gone rather well so far, I'm playing on Commodore with 40+ empires and full hyperlanes. The new economy and planet growth is almost agonizingly slow and can be confusing and difficult to manage (especially when most of your resources are going toward establishing your borders), but I finally managed to push ahead of my neighbors by 2260. I do like how colonizing no longer requires a massive upkeep, though I'm a little annoyed at not being able to terraform habitable planets if you have species that can live on those planets... I really like the new federation rules, although I'd still like the ability to merge with other friendly federations; leadership seems to go to the strongest member and doesn't cycle and any member can supply ships for the federation fleet at any time... Lastly, it might just be because I'm playing with a lot of empires, but it feels like there are WAY too many megacorporations in my current campaign; I'm currently neighboring six (the majority of my neighbors) and two of them are in my federation.