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  • Summary: While the four civilized races battle back the voracious Zuul and seek advantage over each other, a ghost from the past returns to the galaxy in the form of the manipulative Morrigi. Already known for their dark crow-shaped attack drones and deadly traps, this race once thought long extinct,While the four civilized races battle back the voracious Zuul and seek advantage over each other, a ghost from the past returns to the galaxy in the form of the manipulative Morrigi. Already known for their dark crow-shaped attack drones and deadly traps, this race once thought long extinct, returns looking for vengeance. Using never-before-seen weapons, ships and tactics, the Morrigi fall upon the other five races of the Sword of the Stars universe, who must now adapt to the ancient masters of space or be destroyed. Time is of the essence as world after world falls to the black winged ships that surge out of the dark like A Murder of Crows. [Lighthouse Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 100
    The expansion also enhances your ability to interact with other races – something I’ve given the series criticism for in the past.
  2. All in all, Sword of the Stars: A Murder of Crows is a worthwhile expansion to those who are already infatuated with the series, but it doesn't alter things enough to convert non-believers.
  3. A Murder of Crows offers some nice new features for vets, but is still pretty complex and unwieldy for newcomers.
  4. 72
    While it undoubtedly expands the options of the core game and brings in an inventive, engaging race, the lingering interface problems still frustrate out efforts to uncover the undeniable joys to be found inside. Despite its flaws, the game has earned its fans and they will undoubtedly enjoy the added options found here.
  5. With two expansions under its belt, Sword of the Stars is finally catching up to its rivals. Galactic Civilizations 2: Twilight of the Arnor is still light years ahead, but on the other hand, Lost Empire: Immortals and Space Empires 5 are now just a stone's throw from here.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. TonyN
    Aug 28, 2009
    10
    This is an outstanding strategy 4x title. I think it is the best one out there at the moment. Every race has a distinct style and sense about This is an outstanding strategy 4x title. I think it is the best one out there at the moment. Every race has a distinct style and sense about them. The multi-player functions smoothly and I have had many, many games with my friends, who also very much like this game. The graphics are adequate and the interface is very intuitive and easy to use. It is true that you have a limited ability to control ships in combat but the feature to pre position your ships in whatever formation you want before turn end can help this a lot. Not overly complicated, but full of strategic depth I will definitely be playing this game for a long time to come. I would give this game a 9 but the 3 rating by one user is totally uncalled for so I am giving it a 10 to help cancel him out. Expand
  2. RobertG
    May 27, 2009
    10
    Excellent core game, excellent expansion. This still takes my vote for best '4x' strategy game on the market currently. Amazing Excellent core game, excellent expansion. This still takes my vote for best '4x' strategy game on the market currently. Amazing support from the developers, great community, great multiplayer support. Expand
  3. ErickS
    Jun 22, 2009
    10
    Much more to the game than first meets the eye. Those who review the game in a mere hour or so have no idea what the game contains. Designed Much more to the game than first meets the eye. Those who review the game in a mere hour or so have no idea what the game contains. Designed do be playable for many years, and has many hidden surprises. Expand
  4. ChrisM.
    Oct 8, 2008
    9
    Another Excellent expansion. Perhaps not the 10 that Born of Blood was, but excellent. Many new ideas on the empire side of the game, which Another Excellent expansion. Perhaps not the 10 that Born of Blood was, but excellent. Many new ideas on the empire side of the game, which really fleshes it out a bit more then the simple expansion game it was. This might conflict with the combat focused gameplay of before, I'll know more once I've played it some more. Big con is that the voice acting for the new faction is a real disappointment, especially after the stellar performance on the zuul. But the gameplay is what really matters, and it is top notch. Expand
  5. INewton
    May 29, 2009
    9
    Been playing Sword of the Stars since the original. Now with all the expansions it just gets better. If there ever was a true successor to Been playing Sword of the Stars since the original. Now with all the expansions it just gets better. If there ever was a true successor to Masters of Orion this is it. Streamlines the complexity that some 4x games go into, but maximises on the fun parts of the game. Truly brilliant. Expand
  6. ThornB
    Jan 10, 2010
    5
    This game was a waste of money i was lead to believe their was a hotseat multipulay option and there wasn't.. i bought this game This game was a waste of money i was lead to believe their was a hotseat multipulay option and there wasn't.. i bought this game thinking there was after it said so in the games specs.. Sure this looks like a nice game but not worth rating if they cain't even get hotseat right. You do not team up for hotsteat games you people should go back and take a look at what the meaning of HOTSEAT is..Civiliation and the old Orion games got this right but this game can't and its turn based.. Well i feel majorly ripped off and i thought i'd write this just top let others know if your buying this for Hotseat ..Dont! because what they think is hotseat isn't.. Team play is not HOTSEAT! Expand
  7. AndreaI
    Apr 23, 2009
    3
    well, the reason why i write here is that i dont want other ppl to waste time like i did on that poor title. Its not about the terrible well, the reason why i write here is that i dont want other ppl to waste time like i did on that poor title. Its not about the terrible textures and graphic in general or the poor 3d engine, that is surely not first for a strategy 4x type game... the problem is all about tha game.. The RTS side of it is really crap, you cant do nothing than point the left mouse button on the enemy ship and hope to win, its RT but no strategy at all here. Someone tried to compare that title to the first homeworld for the RTS side, its really a joke about that. Also the game is all 3D but all fights are on a single plan, so basically could be all 2D without any difference. The research tree is full 3D also, very complex to compare different items and boring to menage. Beside the very poor RTS part of it there is the classic space strategic simulation .... well.. should be, as what you can do as menagement is very poor compared to other titles, that is a hybrid strategic/rts title that is a wannabe in every single aspect, nothing more. An outdated title like space empires IV is 100 times better. A complete waste of time and money. Expand

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