Sword of the Stars II: Enhanced Edition
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The Enhanced Edition contains Sword of the Stars II: The Lords of Winter and the first expansion, the End of Flesh. The new expansion introduces the new playable race, the Loa. All previous DLCs containing new avatars, new combat music, alternate voices, skins, and new badges for the warships are also included.
Customize your own starships, amass your fleet, explore the outer reaches of the galaxy and expand your empire. Research new alien technologies and bring them into battle with a mix of turn-based strategy and real-time skirmishes.
Now a new Faction bursts onto the scene, a race of Artificial Intelligence who once served as slaves and now return seeking vengeance. Playing as the Loa, your Fleets will become masters of metamorphosis, shape-shifting into new forms to become the ships you need, where you need them. Durable and hardy, your colonies can be built on any rocky planet. Building an empire of silicon and steel, you will bring your former masters to their knees…or will you bring about the End of Flesh.
Play as the Loa, with over 120 new ship sections and their own unique drive system – the Neutrino Pulse Gate
Over 25 additional technologies, including a new Cybernetic Tech Tree
10 new weapons and attacks to use in battle
New ship sections for the original six Factions, including 2 new Leviathan class vessels
2 new Independent Races to encounter, study and incorporate into your empire
New Random Encounters, a new Grand Menace, and new Star Maps
New Evacuation Mission, and Supplemental Mission system allowing players to focus on the Target or the Fleet
All Race DLCs: Suul’ka, Liir, Morrigi, Hiver, SolForce, Zuul and Tarka
A refreshing change - Sword of the Stars Enhanced editionBlackZero | Dec. 5, 2012 | See all BlackZero's reviews »
I highly recommend this game for any space 4x4 strategy fans. Apparently it had some issues at launch but the enhanced edition fixes all that. Be warned, there's a learning curve but once you put a few hours in you'll find it's extremely well thought out and the developers have clearly worked hard to fix all the initial issues.
UnfinishedXehlwan | March 26, 2012 | See all Xehlwan's reviews »
The premise of SotS2 is brilliant. Taking an already great space 4X game, and remaking it with even more flair. Many ideas have been improved or rethought from the previous game.
Research is improved by adding some granularity to the randomness. The fleet system has some added realism where you give missions to your fleet. It still feels a bit clunky and unwieldy at times, but those issues are successively ironed out in patches.
One of the strongest points of SotS2 lies in its presentation. Every part - from interface to combat - draws you into the sci-fi experience. Your fleets are detailed in both graphics and actual game-mechanics, giving you a sense of commanding actual starships. The graphics are awesome for a game of this genre, if not up to par with the best modern games out there.
Now, for the bad news. Despite all the awesome parts of the game, and all the potential this game has to be a real classic in its genre, there is a big problem: It's not finished. Not after over 4 months of speedy and heavy updates.
The foundation of the game is there; but it still misses core mechanics. The experience is dragged down by clunky features that simply have not received any polish yet. SotS2 is playable - in the same sense that any early beta-version is playable.
Kerberos Productions are diligently working on the game, and show no sign of slowing down. Every week brings lists of fixes, features and polish. Unfortunately, it may take many more months until SotS2 is truly done. Only time will tell if it ever is.
The final verdict is that Sword of the Stars 2 isn't release-worthy. Only the great potential and weekly updates saves this game from a score of zero. However, if you don't mind paying for a work-in-progress, then you may want to give it a try.
Well, well well.frostysal | Nov. 19, 2011 | See all frostysal's reviews »
You've likely heard about the launch of SoTS2 being a disaster. You've likely heard about it being a textbook case of how not to launch a game.
Honestly, you likely heard right. Released almost a month ago now, the launch of SoTS 2 was awful. However, this does not reflect the reality of this game, which is full of wonderful ideas and excellent gameplay. The graphics are fantastic, the space battles full of shiny beams and flaming missiles, and the races are all distinct and full of personality. The changes from SoTS1 are excellent, with a overall increased depth of strategy and tactics.
This is not to mention the -amazing- post-release support. Though considering the state of the game at launch this is to be expected, thrice weekly patches since launch have really made an improvement in making the game what it should be.
I'm going to be giving this game an 80 for now. This is the compromise between what I expect the game to be in two months time (90) and what it is now (70).