I'm fairly new to this game -- but why does everyone keep going on about how amazing the AI is?
From what I can see, they are pretty crappy at the only pieces that matter competitively - designing efficient planet layouts, building strong fleets, and using those fleets.
First, the AI never seems to build any engine upgrades. All their ships have 2 move. This makes outplaying them ridiculously easy. I'm flying around with 10+ move even in the early era, there's no way they can possibly threaten me, as I can avoid any ships I don't want to fight, and reinforce faster.
Secondly, they don't build particularly strong ships, and don't combine them into fleets, even when tech and logistics allow.
Honestly the Civ AI seems way better, more interesting and challenging. They actually go for specific win conditions, and can fight decently if they have a tech advantage.
What am I missing that has everyone gushing about GalCiv AI?