I was this game's biggest defender, but the AI changes in the DLC have utterly ruined it for me.
Imagine playing a zero-sum FFA boardgame, let's say Munchkin or Illuminati. But you're playing it against robots, so the moment you get something good they all turn on you.
"THE HUMAN HAS ABSORBED THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNIST CONSPIRACY. THE HUMAN MUST BE DESTROYED."
It is so, so not fun. 1000% the famous talk or presentation or whatever from Soren about how the AI is not supposed to win, but give the player a challenge to overcome.
I am sad about it, because I love a ton of other things about Pandora. But it's uninstalled, because it is so very not fun any more.
(copy/paste from what I just posted to their Steam forums:)
I'm sorry, you guys.
I really enjoy(ed) Pandora, but the completely opaque diplomacy has finally killed the game for me after yet another game torpedoed by the AI after the patch.
Turn 109. Hard. With DLC.
I have done nothing aggressive all game. Literally. All I did was blow up a couple tanks from Imperium when he declared a stupid war on me some 20-30 turns ago.
Research "going well"
Everyone now hates me. I have tried to be buddies via the "praise" system, which apparently has had no effect.
I get that you're going for a 'ruthless' AI, but the net effect is a situation like Steve Jackson's Illuminati or Munchkin (tabletop games) where you can't 'appear' too much in the lead or everyone else will go after you.
Granted it's hard, but it's not fun at all. You're telling me that I have to play intentionally poorly to not get "ahead" of the AI, or I lose because they all declare on me.
It's your game; do what you want. Personally I'm disappointed because I like so many other things about the game, but the diplomacy makes it no fun whatsoever to actually play.
Save link: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvSWhdBjPNfkrHCFUDHa1OEtCMaK