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Average Player Score Based on 532 ratings
7.6
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Score Breakdown Based on 532 ratings
  1. 10 (80)
  2. 9 (122)
  3. 8 (165)
  4. 7 (84)
  5. 6 (28)
  6. 5 (13)
  7. 4 (11)
  8. 3 (7)
  9. 2 (7)
  10. 1 (15)

Most Helpful Positive Player Reviews

  • Rating:7.8

    Not MOO3, but the closest thing since

    If you are like me, when you first play this game, you might be a little put off. Some of the voice acting is laughable (like the human scientist), the graphics aren't exactly cutting edge, and planetary management is ve... Read Full Review

    13 of 16 users found the following review helpful

What Gamespot Users have to say about Sword of the Stars

  • Rating:9

    Ambitious game that grows on you. Can't wait till the sequel.

    When I first got the game I was disappointed. The interface was bad and graphics are mediocre; I couldn't get into it. The tutorial didn't help either; I had to learn the game myself or read off forums (and there are v... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:10

    Greatly underrated game. Should not be marked below an 8 and if you do you haven't a clue about space strategy games.

    I've been playing video games now for around 30+ years! Far longer than most people reading this review have been on this planet and it's safe to say that out of all of the space/empire games Sword of the Stars has to ra... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9

    Space strategy and logistics in an underrated game

    There are some well known games in this genre: Space Empires has many fans, Galactic Civilizations has very good reviews, Sins of a Solar Empire is very popular among RTS fans. But please, take a look at Sword of the sta... Read Full Review

    4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:5

    A very disappointing single player experience.

    This turn-based game is as shallow as it can be : no economic model, an ultra-basic diplomacy, no colony development whatsoever, and real time combats you'll have to pause every second. It was probably developed with mu... Read Full Review

    5 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5

    A surprisingly good, and extremely deep game.

    I first heard about Sword of the Stars when a demo was thrown on fileplanet. I played it for a while, thought its fine and un-installed it. A couple of months later, i was looking for something to do and went back to th... Read Full Review

    5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8

    Excellent

    I bought this game for 1 quid at HMV, and have not regretted it. It streamlines the planetary colonizing to a point where there is no micromanagement but still you still retain the joy of colonization. The real time bat... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:10

    A True Strategy lovers delight.

    This is a solid game. It is a little more complicated than the old MOO, but has that same feel. The tech tree is diverse, and the player’s empire will have access to different techs in different games. Just enough to mak... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.6

    Sword of the stars FTW!

    This is a great game if u like massive amounts of space ship, plasma fire, technology conquering the galaxy with overwhelming numbers and ofcourse explosion after explosion of enemies ships and debris. i my self love ev... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:4.3

    There are some neat aspects but if you are not a big fan of turn-based games you will definitely be "turned off&quo

    I can see what people are talking about in the positive reviews of this game but, for me, the problems are much too major. If there is a battle you have the option of hitting "auto" and it's done. So why both... Read Full Review

    1 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9

    The game that saved space strategy for me

    I'm not someone who reviews games a lot, but this little gem saved the 4x genre for me. After being gravely disappointed by Master of Orion 3 and finding both Space Empires V and Galactic Civilizations II rather schemati... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful