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Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity MBX

by Stardock
Windows Vista / 7 / XP
Teen
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)


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  • ASIN: B003BJ09QM
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,436 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Take control of one of three space-faring races as you work to establish your dominance of the galaxy in Sins of a Solar Empire. Through a combination of diplomacy, economic savvy, the spread of culture and of course sheer brute force and victory on the battlefield you will establish order

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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IN SPACE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU END YOUR TURN... April 1, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is an EXCELLENT game that takes the galaxy civilization games a clear step further. Open-ended like a new science-fiction world and played as a seat-of-your-pants RTS game, this is a very intelligent hybrid that I greatly enjoyed.

In effect, SINS is a successful blend of the wonderful Galactic Civilizations and Homeworld series, with a sprinkling of Total War for good measure. This is NOT a turn-based civilization game, so expect a much faster pace. What this means is that while it maintains the characteristics of classic turn-based civilization games (exploration, expansion, exploitation and extermination), by relieving from the micromanagement tedium, it allows for an intense RealTime Strategy experience. Now, this probably may not appeal to turn-based purists, but I would advise an open mind: this is a good game.

This concept-blending is new, so expect a slow learning curve - it took me a number of ...false-starts to get the hang of it: after all, it plays like an RTS and (although simplified) it still has enough of turn-based features that need to be taken care of. The interface is simplified and informative at the same time, with info trees sliding out only when needed.

There are three different factions to choose from (financiers, technologists and psitecs) - yet, their differences focus mainly on research tree-branching and ship designs. What I did not like was that the ships of all three factions are effectively the same and their differences are only skin-deep.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My next MOO2 August 13, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Master of Orion II was one of my favourite games, and so I'm always looking for the "next" MOO2. On that front, Sins of a Solar Empire delivers in spades.

Sins plays in realtime, but it's primarily a 4X game, presenting you with a starmap and a single planet and sending you off to conquer at a leisurely pace. Many 4X concepts, such as planet/city building are simplified down to their essentials - a necessity given the realtime play, and not necessarily a downside if you found late game build queues in MOO rather tedious. Although there's no option to design your own ships, the realtime format means the combat is vastly superior to that of other 4X space games. Late game battles in MOO2 always devolved into the same massed gunfire slaughters, but with special abilities, increased fleet sizes, and a smart AI, Sins manages to keep the fights going to the end. In one late game fight, my entire Advent fleet ran into a similarly sized Vasari force, trying to eject me from their last solar system before I could establish a toehold. The battle turned into a massive point blank brawl, worlds away from the one sided slaughters I would have expected at that point in MOO2.

Battles are helped by the smart AI, which will usually avoid fighting to the death for hopeless causes, and play a canny game of cat and mouse with you until it can gain or regain superiority, thus (usually) avoiding squandering its fleet in dribs and drabs. Even more important is the ship and fleet AI, which removes the need to micromanage your fleets. Although you can still take personal control, and do better than the AI, it's not required, and that's a nice relief from mad clickfests.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sins of a Solar Empire May 16, 2010
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is an excellent game. I am a fan of RTS games, and this is one of the best out there. All three factions play well and are balanced; each have their own strengths and weaknesses. The scale of the game is huge, and the UI does a good job of making it accessible, so that you do not get overwhelmed. The online community, while small, are polite and professional. There is none of the twelve year old mentality there, they all offered tips on how I could improve my skill, and were very welcoming to a newb. The game also get patched fairly regularly, so that it continues to be balanced long after the release. Over all, I highly recommend this game to RTS fans everywhere.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, great value, no DRM September 15, 2010
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It's harder and harder to find games that don't add spyware to your machine or make you "check in" whenever you want to play. This is one of them. You install it, plug in the key, put the disk back in the package and put the package away in the closet for when you reinstall your OS and have to reinstall your games too. It doesn't even do a disk check.

Beyond trusting their customers, Stardock has really put out a fun game here. The graphics are awesome in that you can scroll out (mouse wheel) and view 20 star systems with little lines between them, or you can scroll all the way in and watch your enemy's battleship get pounded by your fleet and explode. The level of tactical control is up to you as well. I usually satisfy myself with sicking my fleet on high-priority targets and letting AI sort out how special weapons are used, but you can turn off the auto-use functions and control that too. You can't directly pilot ships though, it's not *that* hardcore of a game. The RPG element of your battleships and carriers leveling up is fun too.

Overall this is a space-based RTS with RPG elements (like Warcraft 3's heroes), and it's extremely well done. You do the normal "expand, mine resources, build army, attack" pattern, but none of it feels terribly hurried. In fact the UI, pace, strengths/weaknesses of fighting, tech tree, etcetera all seem very well thought out.

Finally, presumably because this is a trilogy pack and it was released long after the games had been on the market, I haven't run into any bugs, and I haven't even patched it. It ... just works. Somewhat refreshing really.

I'd totally recommend this to anyone who likes RTS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just amazing!
Published 15 days ago by Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
ok
Published 1 month ago by mike
4.0 out of 5 stars A good game, Enhanced.
Still unable to find the Space Ponies! AI is difficult. Definitely a challenge on hard and above. Good luck to all.
Published 4 months ago by Kevin L. Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars I was skeptical
I bought this game thinking, boring, tedious, couldn't possibly be any fun, but was I ever wrong. Great collection here.
Published 7 months ago by Daniel Kaye
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic game even better with expansions
I have been playing this game since its first release (if I recall correctly 2009), and the expansion sets have added new dimension to the strategic elements of the overall game. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mike L.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great initiative, bad execution
The game is great, but updates through Stardock Impulse are a PITA. The client that ships with the product is outdated and won't let you register, so you've got to go to their... Read more
Published 11 months ago by vnvdaemon
5.0 out of 5 stars SPACE BATTLES
This has to be one of my most favorite RTS games. If you love giant space battles then this would be the game for you.
Published 12 months ago by Charles hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game
The whole package is hours and hours and hours of fun.

The pros are: the entire game (including the add-on packs) are a rush from the start. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mick Sylvestre
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Duty Space Trip
Takes the genre to another level. Easy to use and intuitive interface takes the sting out of the relatively gentle learning curve. Good game to have.
Published 14 months ago by G
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Game
This is an entertaining strategy game, it is not as complex as some reviewers say. The AI is a bit dissapointing, but the game is fun.
Published 16 months ago by MHM
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