Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood
|a game by||Kerberos Productions|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 2 votes|
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Loved by its fans and missed by almost everyone else, Sword Of The Stars was perhaps the best RT4X game of the last year. The RT4X genre is 'real-time Civilization in space'. Take charge of a race, lead them through space to glory, to the detriment of all other races.
But first, the bad news: Born Of Blood still looks like it's been created using the 3D digital equivalent of poster paint and potato shapes. Whether you'd find the graphics charming or infantile is a matter of taste, but SOTS made a far greater impact on the gelatinous blob that lies behind the retina.
As standalone expansions go, BOB is cheap enough, but unless you really loved the original like a first-born child, you're hardly going to be that bothered with what is a new race, some added units and ship sections, along with a tweaked user interface.
Sure, there's more to it than that, but the single-player still lacks any narrative progression. In fact, it isn't until you spend some time in-game that you notice the changes. And when you do, about 70 turns in, they explode like a firework.
BOB also features turn-based pondering - now with trade and diplomacy too - interspersed with short, sharp real-time battles that almost rival the best of what Total War has to offer. In multiplayer though, it beats it hands-down.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP