Posted: March 26
One of the best 4X space strategy games I've ever played, proven by my 250+ hrs of gameplay. The game offers excellent balance, interesting factions that, while similar in organization, offer enough degrees of difference to allow for a variety of strategies in gameplay.
The software itself is solid, but one of the features that makes SoaSE so sustanable is the developer and distributor supporting, wholeheartedly, the modding community. Just when you thought you were growing weary of the Vasari's dark fleets, or the TEC's economic supremacy, you can download any of several well-developed mods to suit your favorite sci-fi franchise.
The utter collapse of Kerberos' Sword of the Stars II left a void in the 4x genre that Sins has continued to fill with ease. What the game lacks in the finer points of empire building, it more than makes up for with good macro-economic management tools. But the brilliant tactical and strategic engine is what makes Sins the standard in current space-based strategy games. If you were a fan of the Galactic Civ franchise, Masters of Orion, or Sword of the Stars (the original), this game is a need-to-have part of your collection.