Posted: December 1, 2014
TL:DR? See Conclusion
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion is a massive real-time strategy game developed by Ironclad Games and published by Stardock Entertainment. It is the third standalone expansion in the popular Sins of a Solar Empire line of games and stands as testament to why this genre can only work with the PC Platform. Although the game is classified as an RTS, it does feature a lot of 4X (Civilization type) elements which the developers are calling the 'RT4X' genre.
The player takes control of a space faring civilization whose sole objective is to be the most dominant force in the Galaxy. Achieve this either through military force, diplomatic means or economic superiority. Lead your civilization from a small single planet colony into a vast interplanetary empire spanning multiple worlds and multiple star systems.
+ Epic in scale (The player can choose to either play in one solar system only, or expand their empire to other solar systems if the map permits)
+ Massive space combat and intense fleet engagements
+ Beautiful Graphics and Visuals
+ Good ship and space station variety
+ Ship and space station customization and upgrades
+ Complex and solid core gameplay
+ Simple and easy to manage Empire Tech Tree
+ Incorporates the features of the previous expansions without forcing you to buy them
+ High replayability
+ Seamless Zoom Function (Marvel at your fleet or the intense ship on ship combat)
+ Playable even with some lower end computers
+ Modding potential (Example: See Star Trek 3 Armada mod)
- No Campaign mode and even if there was...(see below)
- Story is negligible
- Steep learning curve
- Capital/Titan Ships and Space stations have no hardpoints (see Star Wars: Empire at War space combat)
- Only three main factions to play (although there are 6 sub-factions)
- Stardock Account Management
GREAT GAME but NOT FOR EVERYONE. If you're the type of gamer who's really into real-time strategy or 4X games and have a lot of free time to burn, then this game would be great. It's massive in scale with dozens of ships clashing in some of the most epic space warfare I have ever seen. Outside of combat, it has a good and complex empire management system akin to the 4X genre. The game also runs surprisingly well with the last generation computer systems since its game engine still only need the system requirements back in 2008 when it was first released.
GOOD BUY and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for Space, Sci-Fi, RTS and 4X fans.
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