In Genesis Rising
, you are Iconah. You command a fleet of biological space crafts called Organids on a mission to find the Universal Heart. The Universal Heart is not just the last bit of unknown and uncharted space in the universe; it is an idea, a religion. The religion is based on a martyr who rose up in a time of war and united every human. He was the savior. The Universal Heart is where the very beginnings of the universe started with the rhythm of its first beats, and where it is said the savior drew his strength. You lead the way for humanity as it embarks to further its Manifest Destiny and claim all of the universe as its own. Through the story, you also quest to find your father who was also lost in search of the Universal Heart.
There are a ton of tutorials available to you. Then they go one more step and actually have a mini-tutorial at the beginning of the single player campaign. By the time you actually get around to playing the game, you are well versed in all of the mechanics involved.
The single most important resource in the entire game is blood. And, if you want to split hairs, the second is DNA. Actually, it is one and the same. You get life and DNA from the blood. Blood is the fuel that drives your ships, builds more ships and fuels your research. The DNA is analyzed and used to create more weapons and ships. Whenever you assign new DNA to your ship, you can watch it grow and morph. The gene lab is a well done and simple interface that allows you to modify your ships with stolen, traded and or otherwise gained genes. You can even morph your ships in battle if you have resources and help boost your odds in a close fight.
This game is played just like any other RTS with regards to movement. Only, since you're in space, you don't have that pesky terrain to deal with. Moving your ships around will help you get a position on your enemy and dodge some large weapons fire.