My biggest pet peave with 4x games at the moment, and one of the reasons I like Endless Space, is the lack of love for the expansion side of 4x, and the exploitation side(Endless Space does this the same as Civ, which is its there but you exploit everything).

Fallen enchantress is quite good at the explore side, with missions and monsters to find but even then theres not enough of it. Why can't they put as much emphasis on the explore, exploit and expand side as they do the exterminate side? Or have I missed a whole raft of games they are all about the explore and expand?