Fast-forward to the present - enter Endless Space! This indie game has an incredible level of depth, though not quite as deep as Space Empires, and enjoys a beautiful 3D engine and fairly intuitive interface. Combined with a very effective simultaneous turn system, this is by far the most accessible and enjoyable 4X space game available today! It can be purchased on Steam for about $35 (base game plus expansion). If you're a fan of this genre, you'll definitely want to check this one out!
What are your thoughts? Are 4X games dead? What game in this genre sates your appetite these days? We look forward to your responses!!