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As a software company, Stardock is best known for creating utilities that allow Windows users to customize their PCs with animated desktops and other such scintillating tasks. But after enjoying success with the Galactic Civilizations line of sci-fi turn-based strategy games, the company is...

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As a software company, Stardock is best known for creating utilities that allow Windows users to customize their PCs with animated desktops and other such scintillating tasks. But after enjoying success with the Galactic Civilizations line of sci-fi turn-based strategy games, the company is expanding its lineup of interstellar interactive entertainment.

The publisher today announced that its next entertainment excursion, Ironclad Games' real-time strategy game Sins of a Solar Empire, has gone gold. The game pits three factions against one another in a race for supremacy that will see them conquering and colonizing planets, developing their own technologies, and managing both empire-wide concerns and battle tactics.

Sins of a Solar Empire is set to release in North America on February 4 and will retail for $39.95. The game has been rated T for Teen.

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Philosopher0
Philosopher0

Sins had lots of great reviews, and I have liked this genre for years, so I got it. It turns out to be OK (its definitely a good game), but not truly great. It will not turn out to be a Starcraft or Age of Empires or Master of Orion style best in class. The youngsters may not remember, but In some ways Sins feels like someone tried to do an updated version of the little known but really excellent similar type of game (3-race, 4X, 2-D but with 3D isometric ships and combat, separate combat zones that your space fleets have to travel amongst by warp lanes, etc.) with the silly (to my mind) name "Conquest: Frontier Wars." As an aside, that's worth going back to if you can get it to work properly on a modern Vista system. But Sins has some irritating features, too. Often hard to find out what you want in a timely way, even using the vaunted (but more than slightly painful) "Empire Tree" control system - maybe it would work better if the symbols were more obviously representative and easier to make out. Other commonly needed controls also tend to be less than intuitive, unlike the way they usually are with the greatest games. The large pirate raids become pretty tedious, especially after the umpteenth time the computer does an eBay on you, outbidding you at the last second without warning (the audible calls on this appear to be intermittant). And I don't believe you can turn the pirate "feature" off, though I suppose if you do mods you can design around it. You can easily spend several hours (up to 4) on a "small" universe, but much of that is after the outcome becomes obvious. Finding what tech you want in order to meet some contingent requirement for something else (like growing your fleet capacity or capital ship capacity) can be a minor nightmare - you may play multiple multi-hour games before you even find some of these non-intuitive basics, and gameplay pleasure may suffer accordingly. Its a good game, better than many and to the designers' credit it operated on a version I purchased within a month of release without obvious bugs. But I'm not sure it will be worth going back to over and over - it was actually a bit of a relief when my first game finally ended.

hvn2006
hvn2006

You can forget about ages of empires, warcraft, starcraft, command & conquer, and war hammer. Believe me i have played them all, this game surpasses them all. I have never felt so excited in my entire life! You must try this game and find out how addictive this game is. I congrajulate the developers of this unique game. I have now become a big fan of, Sins of a solar empire. This game tops my list and deserves more than a 10 point score. I have waited all my life to play a game like this and it has come true, thank you stardock.. (tears of joy...)

Vasot
Vasot

I am having it right now !!!! :) I have played only the tutorial for a little i am going play more later after my work

jaa1311
jaa1311

for the guy who said they should release it on steam. stardock has their own download service... stardock central. its just like steam!

colonelhell
colonelhell

Looks exactly like homeworld2, should be fun though

mhellwege
mhellwege

I got 40 bucks right here. I cant wait to play intergalactic, planetary, planetary, intergalactic.

jknight5422
jknight5422

This is one of those games I wish they would make for the Xbox 360 (although the 360 really needs mouse/keyboard support). I own Galciv II & the expansion. Will look at playing this game this summer.

shawgdawg
shawgdawg

I pre-ordered this game, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. I have been so starved for decent games lately.

Giantsfan22
Giantsfan22

Anyone know if you will be able to resell the game after ordering it?

Soundwave079
Soundwave079

So far it looks good, it might be worthed of buying...

lord1chaos
lord1chaos

im....gonna wait for the demo ^_^'' lousy pc...

Vasot
Vasot

I hope its more from just mindless skirmishes in space

uberjannie
uberjannie

Can they PLEASE release the game on steam? I wont bother actually buying this game retail.

_Pedro_
_Pedro_

Hope it delivers and $40 is dirt cheap.

Lil69Leo
Lil69Leo

Been watching this game for a while looks like it could be a ton of fun ^.^ Thank god is nearly here.

Agentherman
Agentherman

cant wait Already preorderd it! and yea the game is really lacking publicity some countrys arn't selling it on or near launch

Luminous
Luminous

I look forward to playing this one. I'm a little disappointed that the player can only travel via "phase lanes" between stars: I should be able to send a fleet out across the cluster to a distant star system as i might in the Galactic Civ series if I choose to, but on the other hand it forces the player to fight his or her way through choke points. Should be good!

CasinoOutlaw247
CasinoOutlaw247

Sign me up! now THIS is a game that will be worth playing!

carp93
carp93

this looks really good, just hope people pay attention to it

Mercanis
Mercanis

This game is going to change the world into a better place to live.

GameFreak501
GameFreak501

Can't wait! Pre-ordered. Love the fact that it's $40 too, instead of the usual $50.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

Me neither. I look forward to this. I hope it isn't a sleeper hit. This has a lot of promise and it's cheap.

Polybren
Polybren

As a software company, Stardock is best known for creating utilities that allow Windows users to customize their PCs with animated desktops and other such scintillating tasks. But after enjoying success with the Galactic Civilizations line of sci-fi turn-based strategy games, the company is expanding its lineup of interstellar interactive entertainment.

The publisher today announced that its next entertainment excursion, Ironclad Games' real-time strategy game Sins of a Solar Empire, has gone gold. The game pits three factions against one another in a race for supremacy that will see them conquering and colonizing planets, developing their own technologies, and managing both empire-wide concerns and battle tactics.

Sins of a Solar Empire is set to release in North America on February 4 and will retail for $39.95. The game has been rated T for Teen.