I played Federation back when it was still on AOL and I wasn't even a
teenager. Years later I found Fed2 and thought I'd give it a try.
While it is very, very different from the previous version, it is fun
in its own way. There are no more ship based fights, so all there
is really to do is sit back, watch your numbers go up, and chat with
the small amount of people playing (at any given time, divide the
number of players by 3 to get the real amount, as multi-playing is
The game is riddled with bugs, ranging from manipulating exchanges on
certain planets in your favor (but not the owner), to complete
crashes of the game, causing you to lose all your progress. I spent
over a month trying to work my way up through one of the ranks, only
to find each night someone had crashed the game yet again --
sometimes, I think they do it deliberately.
Don't even think about expressing an opinion in this game that
differs from the hivemind of conservatives who play. If you aren't
one of them, they will do whatever they can to bring down your planet
and company, either by investing and then withdrawing support all at
once (causing a market crash). If you enjoy losing hard fought
progress in a game that can take years to reach the final rank,
you'll love Federation 2.
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