gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I know sword of the stars may have kind of a bad rap based on the one terrible review it has, but I had never played the game before, and although it may seem a bit comple at first, eventually, you will get to the epic space battles shown in the trailer.
Sword of the Stars is one of my favorite strategy games because it is very interactve, epic, and combines the RTS, ship simulator space games with what can be rather dull turn based strategy games into something amazing.
I'm sorry this game has a bad rating but I guess mpre people just prefer Call of Duty, and there's nothing I can do about that.
posted by BlakJak206 (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) Jan 27, 2012
Member since Jan 2012
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
After looking at some pictures and watching a few videos I thought this game would be pretty fun. I've been playing RTS games for about since StarCraft first came out and I absolutely love any game involving space ships. As usual I started out with the tutorial in which I found out that it is nothing more than a mock game with a few text windows on the side telling you the basics. And honestly that didnt help me one bit. The main screen is a simpley a star map and after about 20 minutes I figured out how to start research projects and design/build ships. Once built you send your ships to other stars and try to colonize them. Pretty boring so far right? I was really hoping for the combat portion to be good in this game, however I was sadly disappointed. At about turn 50 the enemy finally found me and I engaged him in combat. This game is so confusing and the tutorial is so lousy my ships sat there in space spinning in circles as the enemy flew around not even attacking. After 4 minutes the combat ended in a draw with not a single shot fired on either side. At that point I promptly quit the game and uninstalled it. If you have the patiences to figure this game out, good for you, I'm sure this is a decent game to play once you get the hang of it. Its got some cool elements to it but its not my cup of tea.
posted by MizoOfOz (SHERMAN OAKS, CA) Dec 24, 2011
Member since Apr 2009
gamers (25%) found this review helpful
I have been playing RTS games for the better part of ten years, so I am no novice when it comes to the genre. So when I say that Sword of the Stars is one of the worst RTS games I have ever played, I honestly mean it.
When I started playing it, it started with the tutorial because all RTS games have their own little quirks when it comes to controls, and that's the best way to figure them out so it doesn't ruin the gameplay when starting campaign mode and finding out that the right and left mouse buttons are reversed from what I'm used to. It was during the tutorial that I found myself scratching my head and wondering just what the heck to do. There are no instructions. The game had me pick a race, insignia, and color scheme, and then threw me right into a mock game. There was no instruction on how to build ships or how to manage the small amount of funds I was given to build my fleet.
The trailer shows these epic looking space battles, and all I found was myself staring at a 2D map of the universe.
I honestly have no idea how this game managed to get such high scores, as shown on the box, because it really doesn't deserve it from what I was able to play, which wasn't anything beyond the small fraction of the tutorial that I could figure out.
If you're looking for a good RTS game, skip this one and find something else.
This game is seriously like the other side of a pool. It's deep, and you'll need to learn to swim very well to be confident in it... But when you learn it's ins and outs, you can do so much more than you could've imagined. Worth the learning curve.
Miserable 1/10 review aside from someone thinking this game is something it's not...this game is solid fun. Deep, engaging, and rewarding if you can make it past the learning curve. Yes, getting a foot in the door can be a pain, but it's not impossible. It's also well worth the effort.
This is not StarCraft, Command & Conquer, or even Homeworld. Sword of the Stars falls into the realm of 4x strategy games like Civilization, Sins of a Solar Empire, or Master of Orion. Don't get me wrong, I love me some straight up RTS games; I'm just warning those looking for that experience. This game is far more massive in scale, and requires a lot more patience...and time.
posted by thunderykittty (MOBILE, AL) Aug 14, 2012
Member since Aug 2012
This game I do admit has a lack of a very information filled tutorial but does help. The game is well built and the massive lenght and size of a game you can make is amazing. Graphics are okay and gameplay makes you feel like you are really starting your own civilization or species. But yes, very deep and takes work to understand. If you stay with this game you will be enjoying lenght-filled games and hopefully find a nice multiplayer match. Overall I say this game is at least worth a download if you are worried about it being boring.