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Sword of the Stars Complete Collection - PC

by Paradox
Everyone 10+
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • 4 distinct races - Human, Hiver, Tarkas and Liir
  • Powerful state of the art engine delivers breathtaking graphics and robust game play
  • Each race has a unique mode of transport between star systems, creating very different styles of play
  • Over 150 distinct technologies to research on a dynamic tech tree
  • Over 40 weapons from six different weapon classes

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Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003FH3PE8
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: November 27, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,553 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Platform: PC

Sword of the Stars: Complete Collection is the original Sword of the Stars games and the three expansions Born of Blood, A Murder of Crows and Argos Naval Yard.

It is the year 2405, and human scientists have discovered a new technology that allows travel from star to star at speeds faster than light. But tragedy strikes, as Earth is ravaged by an alien force. The dawning of a new era was stymied by a grim, new reality...

Sword of the Stars:
Players can design and build ships from three size classes - Destroyer, Cruiser, and Dreadnought Up to 8 players can play against the AI and one another over LAN or online Choose from a variety of scenario campaigns to play alone or with friends Born of Blood - Play as the merciless Zuul Slavers with over 90 brand-new ship sections and their unique drive system - the Tunnel Drive Over 25 additional technologies 15 more weapons you can add to your ship designs New ship sections for the original four races, including - War, Projector, Boarding, and a new type of defense satellite - the Torpedo Defense Platform 4 additional galactic encounters, a new grand menace, plus 3 unique scenarios and 6 original maps New game features, including Slavery, Trade Routes, and Diplomatic Communications A Murder of Crows - A New Sixth race - The Morrigi New Ship Sections - Over a dozen new ship sections Unique Grav Flock' Drive System for Morrigi 15 new weapons 27 new technologies and the new Xeno-Cultural and Drones tech tree Drone carrying ships in all three size classes Construction ships, a variety of orbital stations, spy ships, police cutters, and more A whole new set of GUI enhancements and additions Argos Naval Yard 19 new technologies Over 75 new ship section to build 10 new weapons / 3 New Scenarios Single Player / Multi-player with co-op scenario maps

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This game needs a shut-off timer December 7, 2011
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
I got this a couple weeks ago. Works great on Windows 7 64-bit with a $60 graphics card.

It's complicated and the tutorial videos do help but in the end trial and error is how you're going to have to figure it out. If you're like me and have worn out just about every other genre of game out there this is a good one to begin exploiting.

The game is designed for multiplayer but it has singleplayer too against AI opponents and the AI is good. There is no real campaign to speak of. If there is I have yet to find it. There are a bunch of apparently unrelated scenarios but the real gem of this game is the custom designing. You can create galaxies, the number, size and distance of planets, numbers of alien races, etc, etc. All in all it's a great game. It's one of the few that I could see myself giving a solid 5 stars but to me 5 stars implies perfection and there is no such thing as perfection, however, the developers of this game seem to have gone to great length to provide a quality game for us grown folks that like to use our heads for something other than a pin cushion.

My only beef with this game is that it is so addictive. You think you can play it just a little bit and put it away whenever you want to but that's not how it works. What happens is that in the evening when you get some free time you'll fire this thing up and the next thing you know it's 3 or 4 in the morning, your eyeballs are bleeding and your spouse is headed out the door with a suitcase. Surely you can see how all this is a problem.

EDIT: I feel like I should edit this for people unfamiliar with these kinds of games.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprising Gem November 27, 2010
Platform for Display:PC Download
I've played a majority of the 4X type games over the last 25 years or so, and dabbled in the RTS genre, but never got into the "clickfest" aspect of the RTS, despite the eye-candy. Here, I finally fond the best of both worlds.

The various races really feel like different races, with decidedly different ship designs (even propulsion systems, which greatly alter the strategic game) and semi-random tech trees making handling each one an entirely different experience (although the variation in trees also means that that "perfect" design you used last time may not be available this time). Repeatability is high, even if you might tire sometime of fighting the same battles time and time again.

Graphics are above average, with individually moving (and destructible!) turrets with their own fields of fire and refire rates. The only sad thing is that ship movement orders are tied to two dimensions (although movement is not, due to the effects of ballistic fire, tractor beams, gravity weapons, collisions and the like), probably in an attempt to simplify player options.

Not the newest game out there, but in this case it is a plus, as development and a robust user community have rubbed off all the rough edges. Heartily recommended!
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best space strategy game since Master of Orion. July 27, 2010
Platform for Display:PC Download
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This little-known gem is amazingly simple, elegant and addictive. I have played all the major space strategy games since Master of Orion, including the highly overrated Galactic Civilizations II Ultimate Edition; this is the first modern game that can compare with the great MOO. Furthermore, all the bug fixing has been done and expansion packs included in one download, making this title a tremendous value.

The best innovation in SOTS is the interstellar travel methods; each of the six species has its own. Some can go wherever they want; another has to build teleport gates first and defend them carefully; still, others have to follow limited pre-set routes. Just this idea introduces totally different gameplay among the species. Add in a freshly scrambled tech tree for each new game, and you have immense re-playability.

Purchasers of the download version are required to install Impulse, an online game-management platform, but it is not as obnoxious as Steam. While there, check out Mount & Blade: Warband [Game Download], another under-appreciated game from Paradox. Hearts of Iron 3 has been a great disappointment, but SOTS brings redemption.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4X game April 21, 2011
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a '4X' game - Explore, expand, exploit, exterminate - but it manages to avoid some of the typical pitfalls of the genre. For one, it seems to have found a good balance between micro-managing and playability. There is a small amount of twiddling with your conquered planets, but most of the time the majority can just be left to do their thing. Secondly, the tech tree does not have an 'I win' path to follow; depending on what other players do, different techs will be important. This results in quite a bit of varied game play. Also, sometimes a tech will not appear in a player's tech tree, but that is not know ahead of the time when the tech could be researched. Finally, if you like multi-player, the combat can be controlled directly (or run automatically by the computer) in a fun to play 2.5 dimension format that allows for lots of tactics and without requiring the precision aim of a first person shooter. Finally, you can get the game new for as cheap as $5.99 if you look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game
Excellent strategy game, as a fan of pure real time strategy games, I can say I was somewhat ambivalent. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Matthew Glitsch
5.0 out of 5 stars MUCH BETTER THAN ORIGINAL VERSION
MUCH BETTER THAN ORIGINAL VERSION. AI IS UNREAL WITH NO LIMITATIONS. TECH TREE ALLOWS MORE CUSTOMIZED SHIP DESIGNS PLUS RACE SPECIFIC TECHS. THIS IS 100% INPROVEMENT. Read more
Published 25 days ago by BRIAN K SALMON
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product - great service!
I am very pleased with the product and the prompt shipping of the product. However, be warned, this game is ADDICTIVE!!! I have had a couple of late night game sessions with it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris McFadden
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting game.
This is a turn-based strategy game with good graphics and an interesting system.

You play the strategy at the Galaxy level and play skirmishes at each planet, where the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sandi
2.0 out of 5 stars I can't get into it
I really wanted to like this game. But I just can't get going in it. It's just too hard to keep track of where things are in relation to each other, and who is doing what to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Don Lowry
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the $$$
This is the third time I bought this game so it must be good. Not very deep in resource management, but what the heck, it is fun to kill some time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not work with Windows 8
Took 2 hours to download but did not run in Windows 8 once installed.
I tried to troubleshoot and look for patch online but did not find anything. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Game
Its a slow paced methodical strategic turn based game with a somewhat controllable combat phase. It is essentially a build , explore, expand and destroy game with possible... Read more
Published 7 months ago by amazonjunkie
1.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't run!
I installed the game. I clicked on the shortcut got to the trademark then it reatarted my computer. I did this on a couple of times just to make sure that it wasn't something I... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mister Frodo
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd best 4X game, after Civilization 4 - think Total War in space
This game is my new addiction.

Map: The map is fully 3D, with the galaxy map can be customized various to shapes possible - your choice. Read more
Published 14 months ago by just another guy
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