Sword of the Stars: Complete Collection

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Description

Sword of the Stars: Complete Collection is the original Sword of the Stars games and the three expansions Born of Blood, A Murder of Crows and Argos Naval Yard.

It is the year 2405, and human scientists have discovered a new technology that allows travel from star to star at speeds faster than light. But tragedy strikes, as Earth is ravaged by an alien force. The dawning of a new era was stymied by a grim, new reality...


Sword of the Stars:

  • 4 distinct races - Human, Hiver, Tarkas and Liir

  • A powerful state of the art engine delivers breathtaking graphics and robust game play

  • Each race has a unique mode of transport between star systems, creating very different styles of play

  • Over 150 distinct technologies to research on a dynamic tech tree

  • Over 40 weapons from six different weapon classes

  • Players can design and build ships from three size classes - Destroyer, Cruiser, and Dreadnought

  • Up to 8 players can play against the AI and one another over LAN or online

  • Choose from a variety of scenario campaigns to play alone or with friends


Born of Blood:

  • Play as the merciless Zuul Slavers with over 90 brand-new ship sections and their unique drive system – the Tunnel Drive

  • Over 25 additional technologies

  • 15 more weapons you can add to your ship designs

  • New ship sections for the original four races, including: War, Projector, Boarding, and a new type of defense satellite – the Torpedo Defense Platform

  • 4 additional galactic encounters, a new grand menace, plus 3 unique scenarios and 6 original maps

  • New game features, including Slavery, Trade Routes, and Diplomatic Communications


A Murder of Crows:

  • A New Sixth race – The Morrigi

  • New Ship Sections - Over a dozen new ship sections

  • Unique ‘Grav Flock’ Drive System for Morrigi

  • 15 new weapons

  • 27 new technologies and the new Xeno-Cultural and Drones tech tree

  • Drone carrying ships in all three size classes

  • Construction ships, a variety of orbital stations, spy ships, police cutters, and more

  • A whole new set of GUI enhancements and additions


Argos Naval Yard:

  • 19 new technologies

  • Over 75 new ship section to build

  • 10 new weapons / 3 New Scenarios

  • Single Player / Multi-player with co-op scenario maps

Customer reviews

90

Still holds up

fredward93 | Sept. 26, 2014 | See all fredward93's reviews »

I remember playing this game on my dad's desktop when it first came out. It was my favorite game then and it still holds up today. I recently bought it so I could have it on steam and I am very glad I did. The game has an in depth strategy that is really unrivaled by many of the newer entry into the genres.

The main strengths for me are the space battles and the tech trees. These features never seem to get boring, and trying to find the most optimal research routes is very challenging.

There are definitely some flaws in the game as well, such as blinking maps and poor camera angles at times, but this does not break the game and I got used to the flaws pretty quickly.

If you like turn based strategy and 4X, this game is probably going to be up your alley. It is old so it doesn't require a top of the line machine, but it is still quite polished and nice to look at, so all in all, it is worth the money. The DLC is also pretty good and the added races were really fun to get into.

92

Fun, it's a classic.

drafek | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all drafek's reviews »

The game is a classic, if you don't mind details and like a great strategy game, this will be a game for you. There are 6 races! Alot of technologies! and single player, multiplayer and even co-op! This edition includes all dlc's which do add alot of this, new gameplay, a new race and alot more. Worth getting!

87

A definite buy for any 4X Fan!

Plasros | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all Plasros's reviews »

SOTS, together with the two expansion packs, turned out to be a fantastic 4X game.

While the original SOTS felt a bit incomplete, the massive improvements included in the collection turned it into this reviewers favorite 4X.

Make no mistake, this is not an easy game to master - there are a LOT of tricks to playing it - but it offers more diversity in tactics and strategy than any other. The sheer options one has and the number of strategies and counter-strategies is intimidating.

It is clear that a lot of love and care was put into this product and it shows. While it still has a few kinks and flaws (like some blurry textures, engine that is not fully optimized), the things it does offer (re-playability, truly unique races and play-styles, customization, etc..) do make them trivial in comparison.

Definitely worth the low price on sellers like GMG.