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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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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.Read more ›
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.
Sword of the Stars. This is one of the best 4X space games ever. Explore. Expand. Exploit. Exterminate.
You will search the stars for new colony spots. Send out colony ships. Deal with 'space' disasters. Build Warships. Negotiate with alien kingdoms (this part is kind of weak, though). Be attacked. And Wage War. What else could you hope for in a strategy game?
The initial learning curve is steep. Start small, say 100 to 150 stars, spiral galaxy and four total races. Oh, and on Easy.
The main concepts are Expansion and Research. These are Vital to your survival. After that comes Ship Design and Combat. SotS has Great ship design mechanics. Multiple weapon slots, different types of weapons, and size all matter. Get Cruisers as soon as you can! They make a huge difference. Armor is also important but will drive ship costs up. Still, armor techs increase your survival capability in combat. By the way, the Technology Tree is randomized each game. Kinda neat.
Combat has you in space, either against other fleets or assaulting/defending a planet. This is real time, but pausable. You can control the targets of the various vessels. This is easy with larger ships. I love seeking torpedoes!
Exploiting comes from mining 'dead' planets for their resources and taking them back to a large, well-resourced world, increasing that world's production capability. Time consuming but necessary to get an upper hand.
Exterminating is simple: Choose your targets and set forth with a vast fleet!
SotS has multiple races, and each uses a slightly different space drive system. There are some serious differences. The Humans, for example, use Star Lanes while the Hive uses Space Gates.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Other 4X games are still trying to copy what this game does in terms of space combat. Can buy this collection for yourself and a friend for multi-player enjoyment cheaper than a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by TBAustin
Amazing game though with the expansions gets a little complex and cumbersome there are some times when I wish I could choose to play just the original vanilla version sometimes... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard Davis
Descriptions of different races are amazing - we spent hours reading them. To this end I would have campaigns with stories which, sadly, there aren't. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bogdan Dzyubak
I had the original Sword of the Stars game, but after upgrading to Windows 10, it would not play since Windows 10 no longer supports the type of CD based security used on that... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jeff
I own the previous "Ultimate" collection on DVD & had this "final" collection as Down Load only on Impulse/Gamestop. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Readalot
I don't like to micromanage games. This one you don't. My only complaint is that you cannot set up trade with the other civs.Published 15 months ago by Hollis Bishop