Master of Orion really is better than most 4X games I've played, but it still didn't quite click with me. I should really give up on this genre one of these days. I'm generally disappointed in them when I pick them up. They're never quite what I expect.
It's my own fault, because I can tell this is a solid space 4X game, so if that's your genre you should really take a look at it despite it not clicking with me.