I really like tactical games (...Sword of the Stars)
Ah, but I need to intervene. You know, because I don't agree and this is the internets and you should bow to my opinion as I am RIGHT.
Anyway, on the serious note; Sword of the Stars is far from being a tactical game. It is a strategy game, a far deeper game of strategy than GC in all its incarnations has ever been. And I loved GC2...
Some see strategy as the number of races and different resources, but SotS completely blew me away with a randomized tech tree and different ways of FTL travel for each race - beautifully balanced at that. No more "standard research path", no way to use the same approach for each race. Not to mention that playing another race feels like a completely different game.
But it does also have tactical battles, that much is true. And unlike GC, the shape of the ship and weapon placement actually has an impact on how you play the battles.
The only thing that I always felt SotS is lacking is exactly what GC3 seems to be promising; a way for the tactical battles to be played without the ship micromanagement. Albeit SotS has "ship stances", they offer little comfort to a player who wants his ships to survive.