Sins of a Solar Empire

A very large space based real time strategy game with lots of things to research and big battles to fight.

Release Date

February 2008.

Pros

There are lots of things to research and use. They are split into war stuff, non-war stuff and stuff to support a larger fleet.

The three sides are quite different.

The graphics are beautiful. The ships, structures and space battles all look great. However, I do think Empire at War looks better.

There are a bunch of fixed maps of different sizes to play through. When you get bored of those you can build your own maps or just play a randomly generated one.

The battles can get huge! We are talking masses and masses of ships shooting everywhere and powers being activated. Luckily, even these chaotic battles are easily managed with the well-thought-out user interface and the smart AI on your side.

Cons

There are no storyline campaigns. It is just one battle after another of your choosing.

The game is insanely difficult. Sure the tutorials explain a lot of how to play the game but the AI is just way too good. Even on easy I only win half the games.

To get the latest game patches, you must install GameStop App.

Other Points

As good as this game is, after playing Empire at War, I prefer to play that over Sins anytime. After this write up it is unlikely I will return to Sins because I enjoy Empire at War so much more.

Biases

Reviewed version 1.193.078 of the game.

I really liked Star Wars Empire at War, Act of War, Dune 2, Command And Conquer, C&C Tiberian Sun, C&C3 Tiberium Wars, Rise of Nations and The Moon Project.

I also liked Kingmania, Empire Earth 2, Dark Reign, Warcraft 1 and 2, Supreme Commander and Total Annihilation.

I did not like Homeworld as I kept running out of resources and found it too difficult.

This is a re-review as I have played Sins of a Solar Empire a few years back, but the review write up was not up to current standard.

DRM

When you first start the game, there is an activation key to enter and the game connects to a server to register the game.

Patches

To get the latest game patches, you must install GameStop App.

Minimum Requirements (as stated on box)

  • Windows XP SP2/Vista
  • 1.8GHz Single Core Processor
  • 512 MB RAM (1GB RAM for Windows Vista)
  • 128 MB 3D Video Card
  • (GeForce 6600/Radeon 9600 or Better)
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • Broadband Connection for Internet Multiplayer

Computer Played On

  • Windows 7 64 bit.
  • Intel Core i5 2.3GHz
  • 4Gb RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M 1Gb RAM
  • Conexant SmartAudio with egg speakers or earphones. Or Logitech G35.
  • Graphics settings are set to whatever I feel comfortable with playing on this PC. They are usually not set to the highest settings. All screenshots are taken with my settings.

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