In Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity, you are the leader of a civilization embroiled in a galactic war, fighting for the survival of your entire race against relentless foes.
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Very Positive (411 reviews) - 83% of the 411 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 16, 2011

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Reviews

“Sins of a Solar Empire bucks the current RTS trends of break-neck speed and small-scale battles, and allows strategy gamers to think big and control an entire war in real time”
91 – PC Gamer
“A must for any strategy gamer's collection.”
92 – Game Chronicles
“Combining elements from different genres is a risky proposition, but Ironclad has managed to create a truly unique hybrid with Sins of a Solar Empire.”
96 – Cheat Code Central

About This Game

In Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity, you are the leader of a civilization embroiled in a galactic war, fighting for the survival of your entire race against relentless foes. Your success will depend entirely on your ability to manage your empire and command your vast fleets of starships to victory.
Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity is a “RT4X” game, blending the epic strategy and empire management of the 4X genre (Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate) with the fast-paced and tactical elements of real-times strategy.

Key features:

  • Explore the epic scale of a dynamic 3D galaxy featuring planets, asteroids, plasma storms, stars and more.
  • Take on multiple roles as you seamlessly transition between the role of emperor and fleet commander using Sins’ unique strategic zoom.
  • Extensive diplomatic and economic strategies are yours to wield to your advantage. Forge alliances, establish powerful pacts with allies to open up new bonuses, setup trade between empires and use pirates to take out over-powered tyrants.
  • Fight epic battles with hundreds of ships on-screen at once, with up to 10,000 particles firing off in full-out combat.
  • Seamless zoom in and out, from looking at a one-man fighter to viewing your entire empire spanning billions of kilometers of space.
  • Defend your worlds by constructing massive starbases, deploying deadly minefields, and researching advanced defensive technologies.
  • Create strong alliances and gain powerful pact bonuses using the all new diplomacy system.
  • Bribe or hire pirates to wipe out your opponents, but beware, the pirates gain strength over time and can also be used against you!
  • Play online with up to 10 friends via Ironclad Online.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3
    • Processor:Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz or Equivalent
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:128 MB DirectX 9.0c Compatible Video Card w/Pixel Shader 2.0 Support
    • DirectX®:dx90c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection, also to activate this game you must create a Stardock account while launching the game on Steam.
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3
    • Processor:Dual-Core Processor
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB DirectX 9.0c Compatible Video Card w/Pixel Shader 2.0 Support
    • DirectX®:dx90c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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Overall:
Very Positive (411 reviews)
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erlingheusm1
113.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
Total Awesomeness, like supreme commander of space
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GalacticReggie
43.6 hrs
Posted: August 17
I've been playing this game for a few years now, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys strategy games. I love games that take place in outer space, and this game certainly does not disappoint. Despite the game looking spectacular, the system requirements are fairly low, meaning that you don't have to have a beast of a computer to run it. There are three playable factions, each catered to a specific play style. Each faction has variations of several units, unique units, and different tech trees. The game has a lot of replay value due to the number of possible map combinations. There is a lot of exploration, economics, and diplomacy, in addition to the fleet vs fleet action. The game is more about macro-management, so you don't have to order each individual ship to do a particular task, and managing a large empire with multiple fleets is easy due to this approach. The downside to the game is the lack of a single-player campaign / story mode. You have to read up the lore on your own time if you want to learn who these three factions are or why they are fighting. Other than that, I recommend this game and give it a 9/10.
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Taemon
13.5 hrs
Posted: August 16
Only thing this game doesn't have that I wish it did, Single Player Campaign Mode. Would love to see a story that gets you more involved.
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Kentos
8.4 hrs
Posted: August 6
This is the second time I have owned this game. Originally, I played the entrenchment version and later rebellion. This game is a great space RTS with plenty of option and playability.

Warning!!!!
You can easily loose 4-8 hours playing this game.

The good parts of this game are many, tech trees, diplomacy, ships and variety. Well balanced overall.
The bad part of this game is the lag in longer games. Having a modern rig with an i5, 16GB 2400mhz memory and a SSD should allow for little to no lag. However, I have not encountered a PC that does not experience lag in a long game. This does not make it unplayable on enexpensive equipment, the lag is about the same all around ( I have to assume it is something to do with the code handling as many ships and structures as tend to be present in 4+ player games after 2 hours play ).

the solution, play small games and dont aim for the 6 hour massive conquest game that this game so readily invites. If you do ( and you will ) expect some lag / hangs.
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vicerexciser94
1.3 hrs
Posted: July 18
gave me a product key that didnt work no help from customer support bought for me and friend wasted $10 do not buy they will just steal your money
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FedEx
28.6 hrs
Posted: July 13
I don't normally like games without a clear storyline, but I have loved every game I've played. Very fun with or without friends.
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Tron_Kip
3.3 hrs
Posted: July 8
Love the graphics and the features.

Game can become extremely long when fighting for the last few planets. Also, the ships could actually move during combat to make it look more like combat instead of just being still and shooting.

One thing I really hope happens is that the developers take this game and turn it into a sandbox survival game and add the physics and ship building from Space Engineers. I would DEFFINATELY pay $59.99 for that.
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earthboundhomes
15.4 hrs
Posted: July 6
I"ve played this game before and it was awsome until until i had to go through the stupid stardock crap
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Itty Bitty Dovahkiin
13.7 hrs
Posted: July 2
BEFORE YOU GET THIS GAME! Make sure you have at least one friend who can also get this game. single player is fun but multiplayer is better. That said i very much recommend this game to you, it's a great grand strategy-esqe game the diplomacy is a bit sketchy but you'll get used to it. that said you will enjoy this game if you get it.
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Noone_Nowhere
12.1 hrs
Posted: June 26
TL;DR? You want to avoid DRM? Buy it elsewhere. You just want to play? Buy SoaSE: Rebellion. Don't buy this.

I have owned Sins of a Solar Empire in one form or another since it started. I have played epic offline games on and off for a while. I love this game. I hate jumping through hoops.

You need a Stardock Account to activate the product. Even if you've owned it for years. If I had one, it was years ago and bleeped if I can remember any of that information. I've got a perfectly good product key that I won't use because I refuse to spread my email like candy on Halloween.

If you don't care about DRM, don't buy Trinity. Buy Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. It has all Trinity content and more. If you do care about DRM, buy it using a service that is explicitly DRM-free. Don't buy it here.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
325 of 353 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
This is a great game, but made completely obsolete by Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. That one isn't really a sequel, just a stand-alone expansion that also includes everything made so far. There is no longer any reason to buy this one.
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125 of 137 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2015
Since Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion is basically this game but bigger, this game is effectively obsolete much like how Left 4 Dead 1 is to Left 4 Dead 2.

But I'll give this game a yes because it was good. Great, actually. :D
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54 of 60 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
43.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Unfortanate that 'Trinity' got completly invalidated by 'Rebellion' but its still fun.
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100 of 142 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
57.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 30, 2015
Not a bad game but you should really just by Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion as it has everything this game has and additional content.
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62 of 90 people (69%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
made a 800 planet solar system... game lasted a week... my buddy and i played 4 hours a day for a week..... then the game bugged... no one won... 10/10
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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2014
SoaSE is freaking awesome! No other way to put it! It's visually beautiful, and the RTS aspect is incredibly well balanced and fun to play. WARNING: It is very easy to loose several hours of your time to a single match!
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
124.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2014
I'll break down Trinity like this.

Sins (original) is an incredible game worth 60 dollars easily.

The "Entrenchment" expansion adds starbases which are cool and pretty big game changers as well as mines. Probably worth no more than 10 dollars.

The "Diplomacy" DLC adds envoy and envoy bonuses which are very nice to have but difficult to obtain and pointless except in big matches. I would say that's worth no more than 5.

If you're here because of a steam sale. I'd say grab Trinity so you can enjoy the full content (Or even better Sins of the Solar Empire :Rebellion) but if you're really tight for cash and the DLC are looking pricy. Just grab the original.
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
TL;DR? You want to avoid DRM? Buy it elsewhere. You just want to play? Buy SoaSE: Rebellion. Don't buy this.

I have owned Sins of a Solar Empire in one form or another since it started. I have played epic offline games on and off for a while. I love this game. I hate jumping through hoops.

You need a Stardock Account to activate the product. Even if you've owned it for years. If I had one, it was years ago and bleeped if I can remember any of that information. I've got a perfectly good product key that I won't use because I refuse to spread my email like candy on Halloween.

If you don't care about DRM, don't buy Trinity. Buy Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. It has all Trinity content and more. If you do care about DRM, buy it using a service that is explicitly DRM-free. Don't buy it here.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2013
One of the best star empire type game.

Onlt major issue with this game is that it isn't capable of running on multiple processors. Only really becomes an issue when you get into the massive space battles that inevitably come to pass.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
162.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2015
It's a highly simplified 4X that contains just enough features and unit variation to keep the game interesting.

I wouldn't pay the normal asking price since the game is a few years old now, has almost no multiplayer activity and has been effectively replaced but at the typical sale prices it's a good deal and a nice alternative to Rebellion for those with older computers.
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