Sins of a Solar Empire video review

28 February 2008
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Sins of a Solar Empire for PCSins of a Solar Empire represents the birth of the RT4X genre, seamlessly blending spectacular tactical combat with grand-scale space strategy. Players must conquer worlds, engage in diplomacy and trade with other civilizations, and use the resources at their disposal to enhance their economy, develop new technology and increase military power. They must then test their mettle on a 3D tactical battlefield, where their ships will fight it out in stunning visual glory.

Can this massive RTS guide the fleet to victory? Find out in the Sins of a Solar Empire video review:

To quote the video review: “Many games in the past have tried to take the stately nature of galactic strategy games that concentrate on the four Xs–exploring, exploiting, expanding, and exterminating–and put a real-time spin on them. But usually the complexity of the genre makes anything other than turn-based design a messy proposition. Along comes Sins of a Solar Empire. A modest title that attempts the seemingly impossible and actually pulls it off.

Anyone who’s tried their hand at games like Civilization or Masters of Orion knows first-hand the depth that can be found in a game focusing squarely on those four Xs. Simply put, there’s a ton of stuff to consider at all times and the notion that an average human being could handle all of this in real-time used to be something we’d scoff at. But Sins of a Solar Empire manages to do just that. It’s complex, and yet accessible.

Fans of RTS click-fests might initially be put off by the slow, deliberate nature of the Sins of a Solar Empire, but players accustomed to the pace of turn-based strategy games should have no problem taking the helm. It feels every bit as deep and engrossing as a traditional four-X title–riding the fine line between accessibility and “dumbing things down” is always a gamble, but here that gamble has paid off handsomely.”

Design: 9.3
Gameplay: 8.8
Presentation: 8.5
Overall: 8.9

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