Sword of the Stars: Complete Collection is the original Sword of the Stars games and the three expansions Born of Blood, A Murder of Crows and Argos Naval Yard. It is the year 2405, and human scientists have discovered a new technology that allows travel from star to star at speeds faster than light.
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Release Date: Oct 3, 2008

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"...strategy blender Sword of the Stars mixes one part Homeworld-style RTS combat with an equal portion of interstellar empire builder Master of Orion. The concoction works superbly, adding an intricate turn-based strategy layer to the signature 3D real-time space battles."
— PC Gamer UK

"Has the things you crave vis a vis stellar dominion."
— Penny Arcade

About This Game

Sword of the Stars: Complete Collection is the original Sword of the Stars games and the three expansions Born of Blood, A Murder of Crows and Argos Naval Yard.

It is the year 2405, and human scientists have discovered a new technology that allows travel from star to star at speeds faster than light. But tragedy strikes, as Earth is ravaged by an alien force. The dawning of a new era was stymied by a grim, new reality...

Sword of the Stars:
  • 4 distinct races - Human, Hiver, Tarkas and Liir
  • A powerful state of the art engine delivers breathtaking graphics and robust game play
  • Each race has a unique mode of transport between star systems, creating very different styles of play
  • Over 150 distinct technologies to research on a dynamic tech tree
  • Over 40 weapons from six different weapon classes
  • Players can design and build ships from three size classes - Destroyer, Cruiser, and Dreadnought
  • Up to 8 players can play against the AI and one another over LAN or online
  • Choose from a variety of scenario campaigns to play alone or with friends

Born of Blood:
  • Play as the merciless Zuul Slavers with over 90 brand-new ship sections and their unique drive system – the Tunnel Drive
  • Over 25 additional technologies
  • 15 more weapons you can add to your ship designs
  • New ship sections for the original four races, including: War, Projector, Boarding, and a new type of defense satellite – the Torpedo Defense Platform
  • 4 additional galactic encounters, a new grand menace, plus 3 unique scenarios and 6 original maps
  • New game features, including Slavery, Trade Routes, and Diplomatic Communications

A Murder of Crows:
  • A New Sixth race – The Morrigi
  • New Ship Sections - Over a dozen new ship sections
  • Unique ‘Grav Flock’ Drive System for Morrigi
  • 15 new weapons
  • 27 new technologies and the new Xeno-Cultural and Drones tech tree
  • Drone carrying ships in all three size classes
  • Construction ships, a variety of orbital stations, spy ships, police cutters, and more
  • A whole new set of GUI enhancements and additions

Argos Naval Yard:
  • 19 new technologies
  • Over 75 new ship section to build
  • 10 new weapons / 3 New Scenarios
  • Single Player / Multi-player with co-op scenario maps

System Requirements

    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz Intel® Pentium® or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM (2 GB for Vista)
    • Hard Disk Space: 3 GB Available
    • Video Card: DirectX® 9 compliant video card with 128MB RAM
    • Sound Card: DirectX® 8.1 or better compatible
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 9c
    • Internet Connection: at least 56k modem
    • Multiplayer Requirement: Gamespy key (provided by publisher)
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Very Positive (284 reviews)
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38.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
Amazing 4x. Simple gameplay that mixes turn-based expansion with real time combat. Still being modded to this day.

It's an old game, so it doesn't look anywhere as good visually as its sequel, but its still enjoyable to this day.
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41.8 hrs
Posted: August 6
Kinda weak on the economy design. Very frustrating when the colonies can't be set to auto-manage.
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23.6 hrs
Posted: August 3
♥♥♥♥. Yes.
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12.2 hrs
Posted: August 3
The very best. Don't let the ♥♥♥♥♥how that the sequel was cast any shade on this stand out game.
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French Fry
322.3 hrs
Posted: July 25
Favorite all time 4x
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59.7 hrs
Posted: July 4
I don't know how to play this game.

I give money to everyone each turn so they like me, and then ask them to give me their research points cause I'm their friend.

That's how I win.

I also enjoy playing with the space dolphins that are specialists in creating and dumping bioweapons on planets, but really suck at getting close to planets.

It doesn't make much sense. But space dolphins are really cool.
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Brew Monk Focious
3.3 hrs
Posted: June 24
End Turn Simulator
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JHKawesome |Modshot|
1.4 hrs
Posted: June 18
This game is a game in which you have to love to enjoy.

I hate it.
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94.4 hrs
Posted: June 7
- I almost didn't buy this game because the trailer is awful. I came to check it out because I'd read about it on forums when I was specifically looking for a 4X game with good space combat.

-I found the top notch space combat but almost walked away from the game 15H in due to the lack of tooltips and tutorial which had no idea how to actually tutor.

-After looking things up online and reading forums etc. on the game I started to really, really enjoy it.

What you have here is a game that at its core is actually an excellent game. It had the best space combat out of any 4X by FAR, and better combat in terms of controlling a group of units than any other game I've played. I love the interactions of the technologies on the ships and the way that every shot is individually calculated.

All of the races are very very balanced against each other despite all having a unique playstyle that absolutely does affect how you play them.

What technologies you choose to research has definitive effects strategically or in combat (depending on the type of technology of course). Especially in combat, none of the techs are a simple "hey, you had 20 attack, now you have 24" type of lazy game design. Instead, you get new weapons that fire in different ways that you simply need to use and observe in order to understand how to use them effectively. That can influence what other technologies you research in order to compliment those. For example, maybe you research the anti-ballistics deflectors for your ships. That might mean you want to research energy weapons to equip those ships with so that their shields don't stop friendly ship's shots from getting through when you have them in close formation.

Alternately, maybe you want to research really fast, maneuverable ship sections and equip them with ballistic weapons to run around in wolfpacks, knocking enemy ships off course and pummeling them to death. Or, maybe you simply want ships that have a good top speed and are equipped almost solely with missles and point defence to kite enemies and kill them from a distance.

It all makes a difference and it all changes how to effectively play with the ships.

In this game you're able to have fairly large fleets, but the battles are capped to what are a manageable number of ships by a certain number of control points that determine how many ships you can have on the screen in a battle. You'll learn you need to research CnC kinds of technologies in order to send control ships into battle and determine what your initial fleet layout is and what ships come into battle as reinforcements.

There are even cool extra details like crappy ships like tankers explode when they're dying, so you learn that you can suicide them into enemy attack balls in order to do big AOE damage and soften them up to make use of your worst fighting ship in a very good way and turn the tide of a battle where the odds are against you into your favor. Or, you can kite the enemy ships, keeping them out of range of where they can bombard your planet while your planet based surface to space missles slowly pick their ships off.

The tactical options are pretty endless and they're really up to you. 90 hours in as of the time of this review and I haven't even started using languages and diplomacy and I barely understand how the trade system in the game works.

The game really needs a lot of explanation about how its mechanics work and that's it's biggest flaw, but the underlying mechanics themselves are rock solid and it's a great game. I can only imagine how good this game would've been with a larger team to give it more polish and some good marketing behind it.
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20.2 hrs
Posted: May 29
I do wish for another one of the game. where there will be new things and diferent ways to play every time.

here is one:
you start up just one plannet. you develop more advanced teck. but wait. this was not wat I had last time!
and what is this new teck that will change how I play entierly. what is that I can trade between sectors. yes that is some things you might actually feel in this game. I have a feeling that stellaris is a in manny ways a rippoff from this old and glorius one. stellaris have taken manny aspects of this game. but also taken some from therest of paradox games too. anny way.this works for winn 10 even if the seqel dont(hmm did sword of the stars 2 actually work longer than 100 turns before it crashed? or was it 20?)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
The very best. Don't let the ♥♥♥♥♥how that the sequel was cast any shade on this stand out game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
322.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Favorite all time 4x
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53 of 54 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2014
I had to buy this game again in order to review it. My hours played does not include the older Steam version that isn't sold anymore.

This is hands down my favourite game of all time. Therefore I am actually going to take time writing this review.

Ridiculously deep, engaging gameplay that can allow for 250+ hours for a single large game - a game filled with desperate struggles against merciless and highly adaptable AI in long late-night/early morning sessions. A very nice physics engine allows for some interesting RTS battles with completely customised ships bristling with esoteric weaponry - from the humble red laser to giant space revolvers that shoot asteroids that glass planets.

With a quasi-randomised tech tree system and 6 different races that each play completely differently, it is easy to spend thousands of hours on this game and still not experience everything it has to offer. Multiplayer is just as good - coordinate with a friend or compete against them in 4X/RTT combined gameplay. If you thought multiplayer games of Sins of a Solar Empire or Civ were long, this game is somewhat longer, but rewards you with deep satisfaction during and after play.

Overall it is similar to the Master of Orion series of games if you remember those, but also feels akin to Total War with the RTT combined with turn-based strategy, and the depth of control available during battles. Most of the time you are trying to expand, tech up and survive in a turn-based 4X type strategic map.

However, if one of your ships encounters something hostile, you are given the option to fight manually; this is often very rewarding, you are able to visually assess the ships, including tech level and weaponry, and to also destroy them with extreme prejudice (or not if you prefer). The RTT game engine allows polygon targeting, allowing you to aim shots at precise parts of their ships - snipe off their turrets or shoot out their engines so their inertia causes them to crash into a planet. The level of detail simulated allows for incredibly fun and often unpredictable fights. This is not like Sins, where ships have simple health bars and succumb after a set number of hits; exactly what and where you hit things is of great importance - hit a tanker in the fuel tanks hard enough and be rewarded with a satisfying secondary explosion, sometimes disintegrating the ship and everything small within a large radius.

Visually, it is quite dated now, something that they tried to fix in the sequel, which is somewhat buggy and sometimes broken. However, this original is very well polished, and I would highly recommend this gem of a game to anyone with half a brain and some patience.

If you do end up enjoying it as much as I have, the sequel may be worth trying, but be prepared for a general feeling of lack of completeness that is absent in this original. I wouldn't fault the devs too much for that, Paradox wanted them to release at an incomplete point and it was do-or-die for the studio. It has come a long way since release but the devs aimed a bit too high and fell short. This does not mean it is terrible, much fun is to be had, with a lot of new things to be tried - if you have the patience and an SSD to cope with the *occasional* CTD - (occasional is a relative term).

TL;DR: this is a very good and underrated game, buy it (it is also cheap), play it. Don't buy the second one if you are new to the series unless you are a masochist with too much money.
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51 of 52 people (98%) found this review helpful
173.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
This is one of the most underated 4X games ive played. Ive put way more than 112 hours into it before i had steam. The combat controls take a bit of getting used to but once you have those nailed this game will eat hours of your life.

Planet management and the tech tree are easy to understand but the tech still retains depth. After an 8 hour long game you will still have lots of tech still to discover.
Whilst the graphics are a little dated it really doesnt matter once you are playing and you are immersed. Combat is enjoyable to watch especially when you have 3 massive dreadnoughts trying to face off against an entire enemy fleet.

This is a really solid game one of my favourite random buys ever .Its worth every penny and if you see it in a sale definatly grab it!
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48 of 50 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
62.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2015
I think it's my favorite 4x game by far, and I'm playing it in 2015, the game still holds to modern standards and modding community is still active.
This game should serve as a reference for the space 4x genre, it gets everything right and does not try to push fancy and poorly made useless innovations like too many games.

  • easy to play, hard to master, has much more depth than it appears at the beginning
  • focusses on what really matters and does not annoy you with useless micromanagement just for the sake of complexity.
  • interesting real time tactical combat phases where both how you command your fleet and how you designed them matters.
  • very well designed UI which allows you to play quickly and efficiently.
  • just enough ship customization, lets you design them for your intended strategy, does not require you to spend hours fine-tuning them.
  • 3D galaxy map which adds real strategic interest and variety to the games.
  • varied and balanced races with very different travelling methods.
  • interesting and challenging research tree, partially randomized for every game and player, with random technologies that you may not be allowed to research at all for this game, but have some chance to steal from an enemy.
  • smart and challenging AI which properly uses diplomacy, however not so good within tactical combat phases.
  • still active modding community, great mods available to enhance visuals and improve game balance (check my Steam guide ;) ).
  • the game seems very polished and you will have many pleasant surprises, few bad ones.
  • straightforward videos + text transcription tutorials, easy to skip parts or quickly read the text if you are in a hurry ...

  • ... but lacks explanations for advanced things, which you need to look up online, such as how planet size, resources and hazard works, how population, industrial output, and income impact each other, detailed game mechanics and weapon damage values, or some useful key bindings (pausing combat, making waypoints in strategic map, speeding up combat, rotating fleet formation, etc.).
  • RNG can be potentially ruin your game (if you activated random events).
  • no ship refitting (but that did not bother me that much)
  • trading system is not great, it requires you to build A LOT of freighters at some point in the game, and when you upgrade the freighter technology you need to rebuild them all. However by becoming at some point the backbone of your economy it becomes of great strategic value and improves the dynamic of the game.

TL;DR: Best space 4x game without aimless overcomplicated features, way better than recently released ones.
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39 of 41 people (95%) found this review helpful
83.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2014
So my friend introduced me to this game as he wanted more friends to play with. It was an old game (relatively) and I expected a few laughs and not much else. I didn't ask for this. I didn't ask for Civilization in space. I didn't ask for all the lore and all the different races and ships. I didn't ask for interesting space combat and with ship by ship construction and pretty high level strategy. They even forced multiple maps down my throat with a tech tree that is randomly generated from game to game! It was horrible. Terrible. I didn't want this.

On a more serious note. The game is fun, as usual especially with friends. Has a pretty good learning curve, interesting races with tons of lore to read. Every race plays different and is interesting in what they are good and not good at. Good mechanics and has actual space battle where you control the ships in 3d space. It can be a bit daunting at times and for some people it might get boring if things get slow. However I very much liked this game. Certainly gave me some sleepless nights staying up to play it. Graphics are solid. No real complaints, though games do tend to go very long.
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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
Still my favorite 4x game, ship design, rnd and real time fleet control.

Woudl be nice if there was a SOTS 1.5 released by merging graphics from SOTS2 with the gameplay of SOTS 1.......
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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2014
+/+ Unique take on research.
+/+ Simple ship building UI.
+/+ First encounters with alien species is handled very well.
+/+ All six species have unique play styles and lore as well as provide unique opponents to fight.
+/+ Micromanagement decreases with game length.
+/+ full 3 dimensional star maps (with many choices included a ‘2D’ star map for those who prefer 2D).
+/+ Games are very customizable.

+/- Turn-based star map with real-time battles (kind of like Total War in space).
+/- Economy management is relatively simple.
+/- Graphics are nothing to write home about (not that important for a 4x strategy game IMO).

-/- SotS lacks a sufficient tutorial and the UI fails to present all relevant information.
-/- Sound effects range from average to bad. Some may even find them offensive.
-/- Lacks steam features.

Verdict: 8.8/10. SotS is a very impressive and unique take on the 4x genre. The developer managed to create a game design that scales the micromanagement with empire size. The ship design is one of the best I’ve seen in a 4x game (Star Ruler would be my only contender). The game has a steep learning curve and requires some forum reading/let’s plays to gain a moderate understanding of the underlying mechanics. If you are willing to invest the time, you will find a lot to love in Sword of the Stars.
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
836.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Classic game, runs great on older cpu's, and has almost infite replay value. Much better than newer games coming out.
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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
If you like space battles featuring fleets of custom ships, buy this game.
If you like colonizing, conquering, and converting other factions or races, buy this game!
If you have ever wanted to be the undying sage presence that guides an ancient race of space-faring birds as they subjugate the far reaches of the abyss, tearing through the galaxy on the quest to restore their empire to it's former glory, BUY THIS GAME!
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