Excerpt: System Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP SP2/Vista 1.8GHz Processor 512MB RAM (1GB for Vista) 128MB 3D Video Card (GeForce 6600/Radeon 9600 or better) DirectX 9.0c Broadband Connection for Internet Multiplayer Sins of a Solar Empire is a real time strategy (RTS) game that takes place in outer space. It is a variation on what is called the '4X=' game. In a 4X game, your goal is to eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate your opponent.
Summary: This game makes you truly feel like the leader of an empire. Learning the many facets of the game takes time, but is ultimately rewarding. Both success and failure drive players to continue and better themselves and their empires.
Pros: Marvellously intricate, Battles look tremendous, Includes all previous 'Sins' expansions
Cons: Still lacks a campaign, Requires considerable time investment
Excerpt: Stardock is back with another edition to the Sins franchise. Their new title, Sins of the Solar Empire: Rebellion is a standalone – glorified expansion to the Sins we all know and love. In brief, this addition reforms some of the minor issues as an improvement while adding sufficient new material to keep fans interested with plenty of new toys to play with.
Excerpt: "Epic" feels too inadequate a word to describe the massive space battles that pulse like lifeblood through the heart of Sins of a Solar Empire. Panning the camera around for an intimate view of the mayhem yields breathtaking scenes of destruction as huge fleets of lumbering star cruisers clash amidst thunderous barrages of laser fire and concussive missile bursts.
Excerpt: SOASE: Rebellion is a sci-fi RTS game with 4X (Explore, Expand, Exploit and Exterminate) trappings. You go from planet to planet building colonies, mining materials, expanding your empire, and if need be, putting down any unruly enemies. You start off with a single planet, a few ship making facilities, and a few colony ships. You go from planet to planet (and then different start systems), colonizing them, and going about your fledging empire ways.
Conclusion: A thought must still be spared for the things that you know are not going to be addressed now, at least, not until they decided whether or not to make a Sins of a Solar Empire 2. The lore or the ‘story’ part of the game is what I’m thinking of, especially (just what the hell are the Vasari running from?). The torch now passes well to newcomers like Endless Space and Gemini Wars, so hopefully they’ll be able to carry the genre forward.
Pros: Tremendous scope, Combines all of the content from the original game and the expansions, Includes new races, new victory conditions, and tweaks to tech trees, Added ships like the massive Titans and corvettes that wreak havoc on foes, Enhanced visual engine makes everything look better and move more smoothly
Cons: Expensive for a stand-alone expansion, Still no campaign mode
Excerpt: There is certainly no shortage of space strategy games out there, but few of them offer the balance between RTS combat and 4X-style expansion and domination like Ironclad Games' Sins of a Solar Empire does. And after a couple of years without any releases, the game seems to have come back from the dead with the release of a full-fledged expansion pack.