Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic 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.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. AndreC.
    Jun 1, 2009
    9
    This is one of the best 4x strategy games out there. Easy to learn, tension to fight and hard to master. I love the races and the art style This is one of the best 4x strategy games out there. Easy to learn, tension to fight and hard to master. I love the races and the art style of the game. Give it a chance! Full Review »
  2. 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! Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »