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 (388 reviews) - 83% of the 388 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 16, 2011

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“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 (388 reviews)
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DeinonychusCowboy
( 19.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
A wonderfully addictive and generally underrated RTS. One of the best timesink-type RTSes I have played - In college I used to set aside weekends to play this thing in 16-hour marathon games (before I owned it on steam; I've probably hit 300 hours overall). One of those games where you can be out-of-your-mind busy, constantly clicking things and changing mental tracks, for hours on end, and if you ever have a moment to breathe, something is probably going very wrong.

I like this version of the game better than the newer Rebellion version - Capital ships are more powerful and important here, and the balance feels better.
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Zen Elan
( 25.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
My all time favorite game.
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Imperial Covenant
( 18.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
Orginally I had issues with getting through the newly placed DRM for the game, It took about 2 days for Support to get back to me about my issue but it was a rather easy fix for me. The game is great and I sank another 3 hours into it today once I got through the new sign up process.
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Wedge
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
Bought this game, hold off long enough that the registration through third party has expired. Game is unplayable.
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Reaperman
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
Do not waste your money on this game. Buy its predecessor, Rebellion. It has a lot more content, updated graphics and gameplay. If you have already purchased this game, try to return it and get Rebellion instead.
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Person179
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
Trinity is a good game but, as many others have said, I think Rebellion is a much better game. The only reason to get Trinity is if it is on sale for $5 or so as it was when I got it.
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benrogers5949
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
no campaign mode....story mode i mean. and when you come into contact with other people and they give you quests? its like..."kill 2 civillian structures" and all you have is like 6 light frigates and one capital ship, IF YOU'RE LUCKY. so you go over there and what do they have? inexplicably, they have like 5 capital ships, legions of fighters, and enough seige ships to wipe out your hopes and dreams.
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TheVikingInSpace
( 23.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 15
Great game but Rebellion is better
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Kenimaru
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 12
I bought this game because I miss Homeworld, but then I should've saved the money and just buy Homeworld.
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brokenshadow
( 63.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
this is a great game to be introduced to the franchise
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Jack3d
( 19.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 3
7/10
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arr0w
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 30
really messy game even after playing a lot with big screen
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DesertCat
( 44.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
outdated but still incredible...
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Master Saron
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 20
This is space based RTS on an interplanetary scale. No two games are alike and I get my butt kicked as often as I win. Maybe that makes me a noob but I love it. I played Sins on my friends computer for years and finally got it on steam when the full game with xpacs went on sale. I am a real fan of the build and combat systems. The AI is pretty challenging, and I like that I can interact with it as if it were a player as far as trading, and offering missions and stuff like that. It's certainly not the greatest game I've ever played, or even the best RTS, but it does have good replay value, and that's important.
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TheStormWarriors
( 33.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4
Am I done yet?

Nope...
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Rawbeard
( 28.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 31, 2015
The music, man, the music!
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psb378
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2015
Do not buy. The key only works for the micro-expansion. The other included content is not accessible. Steam and stardock refuse to even look at the issue.
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Kempeorlaxan
( 38.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 21, 2015
Stardock kept my serial key with no way to find out which account its attached to :( Can't even re-buy the game to play it.
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DRINKKUPZ
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 21, 2015
Dont buy this game, it is nothing short of a scam, you will be given a steam product key...that doesnt work, then you will be told to go to a website called Stardock and there you will be given tips on how to access YOUR product YOU paid for....that wont work then the devolper will tell you to get onto stardocks support staff...well the website is so slow that you wont be able to get that to work either, possibly the most disgusting business practice ive ever seen in the gaming industry.

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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
269 of 294 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 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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107 of 118 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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45 of 51 people (88%) 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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81 of 117 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 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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59 of 86 people (69%) found this review helpful
31 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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22 of 24 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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27 of 33 people (82%) 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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19 of 21 people (90%) 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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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
198.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2014
I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes real time strategy. this game is alot better if you can find someone to play with and the most matchs do take a long time to finish and it has great graphics sound,controls and gameplay. 10/10 IGN would buy again
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15 of 17 people (88%) 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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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
98.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Fun, extremely well balanced, and a must for those itching to conquer the stars.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
The sort-of rts that really does a good job at the meta but is a bit disappointing at the micro. It's tons of fun warping ships from planet to planet, conquering as you go. Setting up trade routes, upgrading ships and planets and battling off other empires is where the meat of this game really is. Yet, the actual battles feel a bit stale to me; it's all simply based on lining up a bunch of ships and watching them slowly laser each other to death. The combat's certainly not awful, but I'd have to say that there are other games-- such as Homeworld-- that do it much better. Still, though, it's great fun.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2014
"Lets waste six hours of our life"

That's the line we usually say between myself and my friends before we start up any Co-Op matches that involve more than 4 people or AI. Even on fastest speed, this game is elegant. It's slow, sweeping and magnificent in it's design and application of it's game systems.

Do you enjoy the cinematic quality of two massive battleships going full broadside on one-another while fighters zip around and frigates queue up into firing lines? To zoom in and watch individual firing ports off your prized seige ship pound that enemy planet into submission? This game has it.

Do you prefer to see things as if on a tactical map, removed and distant, like a commander moving his pieces against his foe in a war room? Do you like the challege of managing your territories and loyalties, sending hundreds of ships against your foe from multiple fronts? This game has it.

Macro-managing is a must. In smaller doses, in smaller matches this game can be plaid in a very micro-intensive fashion, as you'll typically only ever fight one fleet at a time. Though the real gorgeous splendor of this game is when you find yourself beset from multiple sides, having to give up territory cause your fleet is elsewhere on the defense, and counter-attacking to send foes scurrying back to their precious resources. This game is very unforgiving in larger matches, and on higher difficulties. AI opponents, according to their presets and difficulty ratings, will use different tactics and strategies to win.

The graphics of this game are gorgeous for it's time and scale. You can zoom out to a galaxy level and see small icons representing fleets and planets, or you can zoom in to watch ships phase-jump towards disant worlds. It even has cinematic modes for those of you who like to make films! I recommend this game, though only to those who are infatuated with real time strategy games.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2014
Very fun for extended gaming sessions, but if you don't have a lot of time or patience, you might as well skip it; a single game can last for days or more.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
95.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2015
All in all a very good RTS game which has exellent modding support, if you havent already, buy this game right now.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
125.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
In my opinion this is the best version of this game.
I say this because each "new game" is just a tiny expansion of the original product. in simple terms, they have been charging 60 bucks for the the same old game over and over and over.
I don't support rebellion for this exact reason.
the only reason you shold buy ANY of these games is if you plan on using one of the many mods available.
as this is an older version, mods for this title will be more likely to be finished and less likely to be broken by random updates.

other notes about this game

the AI is predictable to a fault and prone to spam building odd single ship type fleets.
increased difficulty simply lets the AI cheat more openly.
because of a fault in the AI's detection, "standoff" situations will quickly develop for turtle players.
all 3 factions are painfuly balanced. ( so much so, that it begs the question " why bother with tech trees and multiple ship types?")
did I mention theres only 3 factions? (keep in mind this is the technically the 3rd installment at this point )
diplomancy is kinda pointless as AI's will perma team with eathother in seemingly random ways.
VERY PRONE TO MEMORY BASED CRASHES. anything larger than a medium map with 6 players is asking for trouble.

sum of things.

decent, but lazy.
buy if on sale and have nothing better to waste your money on.
moddb is a decent place to find mods of this game.

as a final note. note that rebellion is the newer title, but for many reasons I refuse to give it any postive comments.
in a nut shell, rebellion is trinity with a smattering of mod insipred patches. charging $60 at launch was an insult to the fans and the modders who made the game great.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2012
not your usual RTS. things happen at a pace that feels more like a turn based game

+ coop games are fun and don't have to take forever
+ supports multiple effective play styles
- less fun playing solo campaign

score = 3.5/5
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
191.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2014
Probably the single greatest RTS I've ever played. Lots of Fantastic Mods! Cannot wait to get a new computrer and play Rebbellion!
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Great for LAN parties.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
97.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2013
One of the best RTS games around.

Excellent pacing, detail, and beautiful to behold.
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