Was looking into buying Stellaris, but then saw a ton of Steam reviews claiming that the 2.0 update ruined the game. Is this true? Would a new player like me be able to tell the difference? Maybe you guys have already addressed this in an article and I missed it?
The 2.0 update *changed
* the game, and people are arguing over the nature of that change. Some like it, some don't.
It's a bit of a long story but the devs didn't feel the way they had originally designed Stellaris was sustainable from a development stand-point in the long run, so they changed it to what most people call 'EUIV in Space'. It makes everything a bit more 2D and 'flat', but it allows them to more more interesting abstract mechanics.
As a new player, you won't know what the game was like before though so it should be fine - I'd still definitely recommend giving it a go. It's still a good game IMO but I can understand why people who liked the way it was before would be upset. It's no longer the game they originally bought.