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  • Summary: Sword of the Stars is a 4X Strategy game brought to you by the core team behind "HomeWorld: Cataclysm." Sword of the Stars returns gamers to the action-packed roots of the 4X genre with some new twists, including a 3D starmap and real-time combat resolution in a 3D environment. Playing asSword of the Stars is a 4X Strategy game brought to you by the core team behind "HomeWorld: Cataclysm." Sword of the Stars returns gamers to the action-packed roots of the 4X genre with some new twists, including a 3D starmap and real-time combat resolution in a 3D environment. Playing as one of 4 unique races, gamers will explore planets, research new technologies and create empires in a hostile Universe where weakness means extinction and only the strongest will survive. [Lighthouse Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. While Sword of the Stars doesn't possess the battlefield variety of the "Homeworld" games that inspired it, it remains an ambitious and engrossing strategy triumph. [Nov. 2006, p.78]
  2. One of the best “pick up and play” renditions of a 4X space strategy title I’ve seen to date, and with the possibility of third-party mods opening up and even an expansion pack, I’m looking forward to seeing that the future brings for this interesting title.
  3. If you let it, Sword of the Stars will consume your life. You'll forget you have a girlfriend or a job, you'll rush home from school (or simply not go) to carry on playing and that's exactly what a great sim should do.
  4. Get over the interface and the steep learning curve (even beyond the tutorial, which is a bit light) and this is a stylish strategy game that, while hardly threatening to take over your life, will certainly provide a lot of challenge and reward for the time you invest in it.
  5. It's a snap to learn and a breeze to play, whether tackling one of its half-dozen goal-driven scenarios or wrangling with a few friends online.
  6. Solid, but hampered mostly by a terrible lack of depth. [Oct 2006, p.95]
  7. The inevitable galaxy of patches to come will surely help, but for now, the vacuum abides. [Nov. 2006, p.82]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 38
  2. Negative: 10 out of 38
  1. BenH.
    Aug 30, 2006
    10
    I long stayed out of the 4X genre because of the tedium and micromanagement in other games. SotS changed that! Others may complain that they I long stayed out of the 4X genre because of the tedium and micromanagement in other games. SotS changed that! Others may complain that they have a hard time understanding some things. That's because Kerberos has gotten rid of a lot of the noise and left as much of the signal as possible. You can't stop the signal. Each race is so different, it's almost as if I've paid $40 for four different games. The settings upon game start are such that you can play a fast-and-furious game (few stars more players) a medium paced game or a truely epic game (max stars, max players). For those that like to play with the tech tree, you could also play a game with only one opponent and 500 stars. Might be a bit slow for most folks, though. The only things KP could do to make this game better are minor, minor tweaks not work downgrading even half a rating point all together. Expand
  2. DB
    Sep 27, 2006
    9
    This is by far the most fun I've had with any strategy game. The strategic and tactical sides are both highly enjoyable.
  3. FergusC.
    Jul 30, 2007
    9
    Excellent! Runs fine - plenty of RAM is the key - I've got 2MB. The hours will fly!
  4. G.M.
    Aug 7, 2006
    8
    There needs to be a proper tutorial, and some of the voice acting is just plain bad. But I liked what I saw in the demo, overall. It's There needs to be a proper tutorial, and some of the voice acting is just plain bad. But I liked what I saw in the demo, overall. It's really fun. Planet development is simple, like Master of Orion 1 or Spaceward Ho, IMO a good thing. The focus is not on diplomacy or planet development, it's on building different ship designs and blowing your opponents up with them. Disclaimer: The poster below would probably consider me a rabid fanboi. Expand
  5. RobE.
    Oct 5, 2006
    8
    An original perspective on the 4x genre. It's no Moo2, but each species has unique hardcoded traits that change their style of play. An original perspective on the 4x genre. It's no Moo2, but each species has unique hardcoded traits that change their style of play. Some use warpgates, some use jumplanes, some just fly along. The races you've seen before. Research is lacking depth. In fact the whole game is lacking depth. It's more or less a 4x primer. Expand
  6. ClayB.
    Dec 21, 2006
    5
    The game is SLOW, im running a p4 D 3.0 gz and it talks to long to do battls unless you let th computer do it for you... its ok the video is The game is SLOW, im running a p4 D 3.0 gz and it talks to long to do battls unless you let th computer do it for you... its ok the video is about whast you would fing in a win95 space game, the AI is a solw pig. Expand
  7. OrdvaagMcSizzle
    Jan 12, 2009
    0
    You can always tell who the fanboys and shills are in these comments because they always give the game a 10 and their entire comment isYou can always tell who the fanboys and shills are in these comments because they always give the game a 10 and their entire comment is dedicated to addressing and refuting other people's comments, rather than justifying the 10 rating. They want you to think that it's a crime to not like a game, and to call a turd a turd. This game is a turd. It is a 4X game for people who don't like 4X games. Why they can't just go back to playing The Sims, who knows. Conversely, therefore, people who do like 4X games will not like this game, because it lacks everything that makes 4X games good and distinctive and addictive. Expand

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