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Swords of the Star - Complete Collection [Download]

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000
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    Swords of the Star - Complete Collection

    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...

    • 4 distinct races - Human, Hiver, Tarkas and Liir
    • A 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
    System Requirements
     Minimum Specifications:Recommended Specifications:
    OS:Vista, XP and 2000
    Processor:1.5Ghz Intel Pentium or equivalentUnknown
    RAM:1GB RAM (2GB recommended for Windows Vista)Unknown
    Hard Drive:3GB
    Video Card:DirectX 9 compliant video card with128MB RAMUnknown
    Input Device:3-button mouse, keyboard, Internet Connection for multiplayer
    Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:Unknown
Swords of the Star - Complete Collection
Swords of the Star - Complete Collection
Swords of the Star - Complete Collection

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Platform: PC Download
Game Manual: English [PDF]
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  • ASIN: B003P2VTBO
  • Release Date: November 27, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,754 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Dagger One Bravo on December 7, 2011
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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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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By M. Wang VINE VOICE on July 27, 2010
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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 27, 2010
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trainwreck20 on April 21, 2011
Platform for Display: PC
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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