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  • Summary: Sins of a Solar Empire represents the birth of the RT4X genre, seamlessly blending spectacular tactical combat with grand-scale space strategy. Players must conquer worlds, engage in diplomacy and trade with other civilizations, and use the resources at their disposal to enhance theirSins of a Solar Empire represents the birth of the RT4X genre, seamlessly blending spectacular tactical combat with grand-scale space strategy. Players must conquer worlds, engage in diplomacy and trade with other civilizations, and use the resources at their disposal to enhance their economy, develop new technology and increase military power. They must then test their mettle on a 3D tactical battlefield, where their ships will fight it out in stunning visual glory. [Stardock] Expand
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  1. Positive: 51 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Combining elements from different genres is a risky proposition, but Ironclad has managed to create a truly unique hybrid with Sins of a Solar Empire. It may leave purists of either genre confused, but it will undoubtedly cultivate a following of its own.
  2. Sins of a Solar Empire bucks the current RTS trends of break-neck speed and small-scale battles, and allows strategy gamers to think big and control an entire war in real time. [Apr 2008, p.58]
  3. Not only is it accessible enough to recommend to the casual RTS player, it's got more than enough depth to please even the most propeller-headed of strategy nerds.
  4. Sins of Solar Empire is a must have for any strategy fan and is definitely a contention for game of the year. For me it just falls short of a score of ten.
  5. Overall Sins of a Solar Empire is an easy game to recommend to strategy fans. It may put off RTS gamers who live off of rush tactics or turn-based gamers who like the luxury of taking all the time that they want to plot their next move.
  6. Complex yet intuitive, balanced but still extremely demanding, this is one of the biggest surprises of the year.
  7. The problem with Sins isn't that it begs, borrows and steals; it's that it combines everything improperly and streamlines it so much that it whittles away its own soul.

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  1. Positive: 80 out of 101
  2. Negative: 17 out of 101
  1. Feb 6, 2012
    10
    How is it possible not to like this game?! Well, maybe multiplayer junkies. Epic space battles, uber campaings (sure they are techniclyHow is it possible not to like this game?! Well, maybe multiplayer junkies. Epic space battles, uber campaings (sure they are technicly skirmish games, just get over it!). Who doesn't like an uber battles between multi-hundred ship super-fleets?! This game lives up to its discription. EPIC!!! Expand
  2. GrantL.
    Feb 9, 2008
    10
    Just awesome. Need I say more?
  3. BarisK
    Jan 10, 2009
    10
    A perfect game. It's just like those games that stay installed on your computer for years, and whenever you're bored with what A perfect game. It's just like those games that stay installed on your computer for years, and whenever you're bored with what you're playing, you can just engage in a breath-taking space battle or two. Expand
  4. RayC.
    Feb 11, 2008
    9
    Apart from the plagiarizing of many aspects from an older game called Hegomonia, this game is awesome. It kind of feels like the Total War Apart from the plagiarizing of many aspects from an older game called Hegomonia, this game is awesome. It kind of feels like the Total War series, but with space combat in lieu of medieval times. Though Total War is turned base and Sins is not, it still has that same Expand
  5. MatthewW
    Mar 3, 2008
    9
    A absolutly charming title. I can't remember a game in recent history that makes me look up at the clock and wonder where the last 8 hrs A absolutly charming title. I can't remember a game in recent history that makes me look up at the clock and wonder where the last 8 hrs have gone. The game blends the RTS and 4X genres beautifully. It's both accesible and dumbed down enough to make the RTS elements extremely fun and just challenging enough (namely no ship design or really intense planet micromanagement that defines a lot of 4X titles) and with multiple difficulty settings this is a game anyone can get into, RIZAK who commented below is just daft obviously, any gamer who can't pick up this game and have a blast should go play halo. Expand
  6. JoeF.
    Feb 4, 2008
    8
    Its a very good game but not the most amazing I have every played. I think that I need to be better at it before I can rank it any higher. Its a very good game but not the most amazing I have every played. I think that I need to be better at it before I can rank it any higher. But it is WELL worth your money. Expand
  7. JohnnyBadhair
    Dec 18, 2008
    0
    Crippling DRM. I mean even worse than Spore's. There's really nothing else that needs to be said about this game.

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