Sins of a Solar Empire review

  • Epic space battles
  • Bribing pirates to attack enemies
  • Strategic gameplay
  • Extremely long games
  • Steeper-than-average learning curve
  • Lack of a single-player story campaign

Sins is a thinking person’s game, and not for the impatient. Because battles play out over minutes, not seconds, so you have plenty of time to consider how to tactically turn the tide in your favor. For example, massive capital ships, the workhorses of your fleet, level up with experience and gain power and new abilities. Keep them alive, and you’ll defeat a player who treats them as disposable. Other 4X elements, like trade and culture, can enhance your economy and allow you to build enough ships to overwhelm your enemies.

It’s not easy to manage a vast territory, but the zooming interface, which allows you to smoothly scroll from a single fighter all the way out to a multi-solar system view, enables you to easily navigate.

One thing you do need to be prepared for when starting a round of Sins is the extreme length of the games. While there is a game speed adjustor, don’t expect any game to last less than one hour—and with 10 players, you will be extremely grateful that the save game system allows you to come back to a multiplayer game after you’ve gotten some sleep.

With most RTS games shifting towards fast action at the expense of real strategy, it would be an unforgivable sin for a strategy fan to pass by this game on the shelf and not pick it up.

Feb 8, 2008

More Info

Release date: Feb 04 2008 - PC (US)
Available Platforms: PC
Genre: Strategy
Published by: Stardock
Developed by: Ironclad
ESRB Rating:


  • ovi2wise - December 28, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    um well this game does get a bit repetitive but my advise is this, create a single galaxy in the custom map mode, fill it up with 100 planets, and put 12 computers in ally groups of 4 each and do not lock teams, try to survive, its not a game you will play throughout till you finish, but its more like a chess game you play over many days, play an hour or so every now and then, its a great way to kill time if you cant really spend time playing games all day
  • Empyrean - November 24, 2008 10:38 p.m.

    @blamm: "Beat it on the second try " Yeah..and I suppose you choose the smallest map :P
  • blammm - November 20, 2008 1:09 p.m.

    I don't understand why everyone likes this game so much. There is no real depth to this game. Beat it on the second try and uninstalled it. More of an endurance contest than an enjoyable way to pass time. I say this as a strategy game fan who likes longer, more paced games..
  • Frostyman - April 18, 2009 6 p.m.

    @blamm Thats like saying that child-focused games are too childish. Besides, if you were looking for depth, go play an RPG.
  • EvilCheerio - January 6, 2009 7:28 a.m.

    @blamm, i don't even know what to say if you think theres no depth to this game, if this game isn't deep all other games must be hills they're so shallow, maybe mountains in some cases

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