As a space bear, human or any other race, venture forth into the galaxy, create custom ships, conquer new worlds, build new colonies and defend your very existence against those who would take what is yours.
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Mixed (1,165 reviews) - 43% of the 1,165 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 26, 2013

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Reviews

“When you finally uncover the secrets to ancient alien technology or build a frigate that wins a deep space battle, StarDrive provides a sense of accomplishment few games can.”
73 – GameInformer

“Some omissions and flaws, but balanced by excellent alien races and ship design. A welcome addition to the crew.”
78 – PC Gamer

“I love that StarDrive’s master lists of ships and planets can be sorted by any column, making it easy to find the largest nearby planet or ships in your fleet that are costing you the most in maintenance.”
70 – Machinima

About This Game

StarDrive sets a new benchmark for the ‘4X Space Strategy’ genre. Starting with a single planet and a small number of space-worthy vessels, you must venture forth into the galaxy, conquer new worlds, build new colonies and defend your very existence against those who would take what is yours. How you play is your decision. Use diplomacy or brute force. Trade, spy and research your way to galactic domination. Make friends, or create mortal enemies…


The heart of StarDrive is its ship design and combat engine.


StarDrive takes a modular approach to ship design, allowing the player to create custom ships where the composition and placement of ship modules really matters to the performance of a ship.. In combat, if your portside armour is taking a beating, then rotate around and show them the starboard side! Hide behind a friendly capital ship’s shields; warp into and out of the fray, launch fighters, lay mines, and so much more.

Key Features


  • Real time gameplay with a seamless zoom from a grand strategic view to a close-up action view
  • Choose from 8 beautifully rendered alien races or design your own to lead into the stars; interact, negotiate and forge allegiances on your way to victory
  • Expand your empire and colonize all kinds of planets, terraform and populate them and build them into specialized centers of trade or industry
  • Research and unlock an array of technologies to improve your military and industrial capabilities
  • Control your ships with classic real time strategy commands or jump into the fray by taking direct ‘arcade’ control of any ship in your empire
  • Create your unique ship designs with the modular ship design system and determine your own fate in battle
  • Create custom fleet formations and set rules of engagement in the easy-to-use fleet editor
  • Steal technologies, incite rebellions, or rob your enemies blind with a rich agent-based espionage system
  • Deploy ground troops from orbit to defeat the enemies’ last planetary defenses in ground combat
  • Explore the rich universe that comes alive with random events, remnant elements, hidden treasures, deep space terrors and late-game threats

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Additional:Please Note: integrated Intel graphic card/chips not supported
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor or Better
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900 or better
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Additional:Please Note: integrated Intel graphic card/chips not supported
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
426.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
DO NOT PAY FOR THIS

This game was abandoned in beta, and never actually reached completion. The AI is both overpowered and idiotic beyond comprehension, and war with the AI drags on. The AI also only uses missle and mass driver weapons, likely due to lack of designs.......

The tech trees are universal, uniform, and boring. As is the planetary infrastructure. So you effectively get not 8 different species but one species. It is boring and monotomous.

The only redeeming qualities are the ship design and combat engines, but those are still limited by technoloogy. The AI don't usually use anything larger than cruisers nor do they use shields or energy weapons extensively. So you get good energy weapons, shield, and a cruiser hull, and you become the overlord of the galaxy......bit boring, frankly...

And the developer had the gall/nerve to go on and make a sequel, when the original wasn't finished...

DO NOT BUY THIS GAME
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Dev bailed on this early access game to make it's sequel. Screw that
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
67.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Play this game, download the Blackbox mod which improves the vanilla game and removes most bugs. The team behind are incredible.
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949 of 1,070 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
90.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/SDVC/discussions/0/

This review was marked as "abusive" by the Developer, was taken off of the review page between March 8th 2014 through to March 11th 2014. Pathetic.

This was a total waste of my $29.99, I bought it under the pretense of Multiplayer being released first major patch after final release from my Friend who recommended the game. The Developer has come to the conclusion that by changing the Engine and flushing out his original Idea for a game, that he can now make ANOTHER game and wants money for it, the full game that he originally wanted to make but couldn't. This is the result made by a very poor decision long ago to use the wrong Engine <Sunburn> for his project, an engine that Microsoft dropped and everyone in the know knew was a dead-end, months before Zero decided to release the game as Final. Nothing about the programme changed between final beta release and the first day of Final Release in April.
The above mentioned Steam Group is a place for free discussion about Stardrive, and its Developer that You are going to purchase a beta, abandoned game from. The Developer will finish it on his whim alone, that could be years or decades. These are all direct from the developer, but sadly I can't direct you to the correct site to see them, he has, or has had his Minions, delete threads full of direct quotes from Zero you simply wouldn't believe if I wrote them here, thinking I was a Troll. I hope this shows I gave 90+ hours trying to play this game, and never completing 1 game. Buy this game if you like someone lying to you all the time, some do I suppose.
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618 of 689 people (90%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
This game was never actually finished before it was abandoned by the developer so that he could start work on a second game. The store page continued to promote features that were never implemented for months after it was clear that they were never going to be added to the game. Making matters worse, the developer has demonstrated extremely bad judgment when interacting with customers that shows a lack of professionalism. This combined with a loyal but rabid fan base make this game a toxic property that is best avoided.
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291 of 307 people (95%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
68.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2014
Bought the game in the early days for full price, was listed as Multiplayer and promised many features. Multiplayer was NEVER added and none of these features we were told would be implemented, made it in to the game. The Developer secretly worked on the second game behind the scenes, using our money to fund his work rather than finishing the first one and then even having the cheek to Kickstart the second game for even more money? Only to then sell this second game back to us again, at full price! Complete rip-off. Now we're left with nothing but a broken demo. I will NOT be buying the second game and funding such a dirty, cheap money making scheme and I'd advise that others do the same. The only way these developers will learn NOT to cheat their customers, is if they have no custom. As bad as EA as far as I'm concerned.
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255 of 270 people (94%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
83.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2014
Edit #2: I'll just leave this here.

http://steamcommunity.com/groups/SDVC

An unofficial StarDrive group, where discussion is open and not censored. The Steam forum is pretty heavily moderated and the developer has a habit of deleting threads and banning people left and right before and during a big sale, so this is where people go to talk about the game however they like and not risk having their threads deleted because they didn't like the game.

***

I bought this game when it was in Early Access and... I thought it was amazing. Full of promises and ideas. Back then, the developper was promising updates pretty much left and right. Multiplayer was to be added to the game. Rare resources, laying mines, better diplomacy, being able to make joint operations with allies; all of these things were to be added to the game... But none -- NONE -- were implemented. The game you can buy right now is very much the same game I bought in Early Access, minus a few bugs. Hell, some core features such as the freighters are still buggy...

So, that being said, is this a good game? Well, it's an okay game. I spent several hours on it so obviously it's not totally terrible. But the thing is, most of these hours (I'd say two third of them -- yes, that much) was trying mods and messing around waiting for the content update to come. When the Developper announced that he screwed up and decided the game was done and could not be updated anymore because of engine limitations, I stopped playing altogether.

To make up for it, the owners of StarDrive will get a discount on his next title and access to some kind of multiplayer mini-game is going to be free. The thing is : his next game is going to be a turn-based strategy game. I bought a real-time strategy game. His next game is going to get as close to a MoO2 clone as he can. Good things for the fans, I guess, but that's not what I bought.

So, to sum things up: this game is half-finished, features are lacking, it lacks polish and is very, very rough around the edges and is developped by one of the worst indy dev ever as far as PR and "I care for my customers" are involved. There are better games out there to spend your money on.

But hey, that's just my opinion.

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Edit #1: the multiplayer mini-game has been abandoned as well. Yes, that is yet another fail to put on Zero Sum Games resume. Also, that discount I was talking about? The one the owners of StarDrive will get? That will just be a Steam coupon with an expiration date. Great, eh? Way to tell your customers to hurry it up or screw you, Zero. Way to go indeed.
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487 of 555 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game had a ton of potential but was abandoned by the developer for greener pastures after he decided it would be good to start on a sequel while charging full price to everyone (including the people who have bought this unfinished project). It was initially released with a ton of bugs and still has many things that have yet to be fully fleshed out much less finished in any considerable degree. The ship designer and the battles that rarely take place are the only positives to take out of this game.

The diplomacy part of the game is very shallow indeed. With races declaring war on you with little motivation beyond your empire's progression crossing a line set by their predetermined level of aggressiveness. The same goes with positive interaction. It's very much a game of watching a bar go up or down to get them to do something you want to do.

Empire building is also shallow and unfinished. There is almost no internal management other than building a shallow level of building sets that make all your colonies resemble one another after only a colony or two. Rebellion takes place when your treasury drops below a certain level and only in this manner. Civilization 2 has more in depth internal management than this title.

Military matters are hampered by two things: The lack of any meaningful artificial intelligence and the small tech tree present in the game. The tech tree is the smallest tree I've seen in a 4x game (and smaller than some RTS games like Rise of Nations or even Age of Empires). The AI assembles the same, tired fleet makeup and then throws it at you. This means pretty much every single game plays out the same way regardless of the galaxy size. The one saving grace in enemy behavior is that the game saves your custom ship designs and then uses them against you in subsequent games should you choose another race to play as. I would love to see other 4x games incorporate this feature into their titles so I'm faced with much more difficult fleet makeups since they were designed by myself or other players who post their designs for others to use.

All in all, I'm very disappointed in not only the way this game turned out, but the developer's behavior on the steam forums once people heard he was abandoning any serious development on the game on an interview. He would ban people who warned others about the state of development and has had meltdowns on multiple gaming forums when confronted about the issue. Do not give your money to this studio. Other 4x's like Galactic Civilizations II or Distant Worlds do this genre much more of a service.
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343 of 384 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
Game "released" missing core features. Updates are few and far between. Seems like the dev decided to slack off once people bought it on early access.
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351 of 399 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2013
The developer of this game calls the game finished, I find that hilarious and misleading! The game has a good concept but I'd warn everyone to stay away. He's currently working on a new game and left this one to rot.
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InvdrZim13
3.2 hrs
Posted: December 2
The devs didn't even bother finishing this one before they moved on to StarDrive 2.

Don't waste your time/money on this, there are better space 4X games out there.
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Sami
38.9 hrs
Posted: November 29
Wish it was multiplayer game , its really fun to play it even solo.
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Fuzzy_Wuzzy_87
132.3 hrs
Posted: November 27
A shame that the developers moved on and started a second game before finishing this one. Riddled with bugs and performance issues. Still an enjoyable game, if you purchase, make sure to look into the community mod that makes this game playable again.
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parkerbradshaw23
7.4 hrs
Posted: November 17
Glitchy unplayable
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Amythiel
29.1 hrs
Posted: November 16
Game with great potential, sadly abandoned by the developer. It's still fun and worth a shot if you can get a good deal, but just expect that whatever issues the game has are never going to be fixed.
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Wonderferkel
0.7 hrs
Posted: November 8
Unfinished, broken, no fun to play.
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acajub
23.9 hrs
Posted: October 23
It's simply not a complete game.
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