Summary: Ok, it's snazzy looking. But, when you get right down to it, the game is nothing more than Masters of Orion on steroids. You win by creating an enormous fleet and moving it from planet to planet, while your opponent does the same. But don't try to sell or give anyone your copy of the game when you're done. Stardock weds your game to one system for life, and flat out refuses to let someone else have your license.
Summary: I barely escaped wasting fifty bucks on "Spore" because rather than getting caught up in the media frenzy around that electronic version of the Edsel, I waited to see what the reactions of the gaming community were. Glad I waited. I did the same thing with Sins of a Solar Empire, which just goes to prove the old saw about the bear. (Sometimes he gets you and sometimes you crap in the woods ... no, wait. Sometimes you crap in the woods and the bear gets you.
Summary: After playing this for the last few days (over 24 hours of actual game play) I have come to the conclusion that this is just a paired down version of Master of Orion 3. Yes the graphics are nicer but the game has only one difference from MoO3, it isn't as customizable. In MoO you can create your own ships, the weapons you want, shields, etc. In Sins you have a few types already set up for you and that is it. The graphics are really nice.
Summary: The battles look great when you zoom in, but you really can't fight that way because you miss too much, like more enemies joining the fight. You basically spend all your time fighting off pirate attacks (when in history have pirates ever messed with fleets of warships?). There are three different factions you can play, but the differences in ships are pretty minor and they play about the same.
Summary: The game itself is decent: slow but fun. The support is poor, however. There is a serial # inside the box. This is a bother, but it's perfectly understandable. However, it's the beginning of an adventure, or was for me. Installed the game and looked for updates. The update process uses a very sophisticated system, it closes the game and opens Internet Explorer.