Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. This might be due to a simple lack of competition for the moment, but Sword of the Stars just plains ‘works’ and is one of the best epic space strategy games you can buy.
  2. Born of Blood is a great addition to the saga and although asking for a full sequel so soon would just be greedy, this is a great way to tide fans over until Sword of the Stars 2 arrives on the shelves.
  3. Combine new weapons, ship types, the wonderfully realized debut of the Zuul race, deeper gameplay, more scenarios and new ways to play, and you've got a solid, if unforgiving, title for hardcore turn-based fans to set their sights on. Kerberos definitely put enough into this to make it more than just a mission pack but not quite a full sequel.
  4. Brighter than ever. [Sept 2007, p.78]
  5. Rough spots aside, the game represents a worthwhile expansion and is a welcome addition to the genre. [Nov 2007, p.71]
  6. Sword of the Stars is unique from other turn-based space empire titles out there, the enormous sizes of the galaxies and their shapes set it apart. Players of the original will already be familiar with this but for those still in the dark, space is all 3D here and not just in terms of pretty graphics.
  7. Born of Blood is a very good, though brutally challenging, expansion to the turn-based space strategy game Sword of the Stars.
  8. Adds a brand new (and fun to play) race that adds a great new dynamic to the gameplay, as well as some nice features to keep things fresh for fans of the original game. However, if you weren’t a fan to begin with, you probably won’t be won over with this expansion.
  9. Born of the Blood does exactly what an expansion should do in making an original game bigger and better. The problem is that the balance is way off, leaving it ridiculously challenging to anybody but the most hardened of veterans, and anyone tempted by any original game plus expansion offers in the shops is on a hiding to nothing.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Aug 22, 2013
    A lot of fun to play either alone or multiplayer although multiplayer can be quite slow. Simple game play, not a lot of "wow" factor to be found, but solid. Each expansion added meaningful improvements to game play. Full Review »
  2. Nov 5, 2011
    SOTS 1 is my favorite game. This expansion added the Zuul race which is great fun, they are the embodiment of evil, ship designs very evil-looking, they even have boarding chains :-)

    However, you should just get the complete collection which includes the base game and all expansions, you can get it for $20 or less.
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