Large-scale battles have become a vestige of the past, depleting resources of conflicting parties. Settled space, where welfare and order had reigned, has become a cemetery for dead ships which is flooded with pirates and adventurists.
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Mostly Positive (276 reviews) - 72% of the 276 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 2, 2010

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Large-scale battles have become a vestige of the past, depleting resources of conflicting parties. Settled space, where welfare and order had reigned, has become a cemetery for dead ships which is flooded with pirates and adventurists. Complete impunity, black market flourishing where gun and tech trade is on the move, arbitrariness and anarchy – the Galaxy has become a real dangerous place. Events in the Universe and its habitant’s destiny are completely up to player’s choice and tactical decisions.
Star Wolves 3: Civil War is a sequel to the popular real time strategy with RPG elements. Original large-scale scenario, closely tied with the first part of intergalactic epic helps the player influence the ongoing events and foreordain one of many endings. Free roam, free mission selection, free team forming – the world of Star Wolves waits for its heroes.
  • Huge world: 110 highly detailed star systems in different parts of the Galaxy.
  • Non-linear story: several endings and additional quests create a complete game universe.
  • New characters and skills: form up a team of your dream; teach your companions new skills.
  • New participant in the intergalactic conflict: the Space Fleet of a New Empire, equipped with its own spaceships.
  • A number of new base ships and fighters with unique specifications and original weapon types and equipment.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium IV 2.0 GHz or AMD 2.0Ghz (Single Core)
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: nVidia GF FX5700 or ATI Radeon 9600 with 128MB VideoRAM
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 5.5 GB
    • Sound: Sound card compatible with DirectX 9.0
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: Pentium IV 2.8 GHz; or analogous AMD (Single Core)
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Graphics: nVidia GF 6800 GT or ATI Radeon 1900XT with 512MB VideoRAM
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Mostly Positive (276 reviews)
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Mordeth Kai
51.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
The game has a couple bugs and its share of flaws, but it's the only space sim I've seen like this. The game revolves around carrier mechanics and your survival doesn't depend on your ship anywhere near as much as your fighter pilots. In practice it's a squad based tactical RTS with RPG elements and limited open world exploration.

The fighter mechanics are what set this game apart, since no other space sim to my knowledge does anything like it. The combat itself is very deep, weapon fire is done in real time so a shot only hits if it connects (anyone who's played the new x-com and compared its combat to the original will know exactly what I mean). This can be misleading since piloting skills in the skill tree make it seem like it's a chance to ignore damage like on other games but it actually upgrades the pilots AI so they manually avoid incoming fire.

The game also features a lot of meaningful choices in the story and it takes several playthroughs to see everything, and get every pilot and capital ship.

This game has left an itch no other game has managed to scratch since. It's a shame the original team that made the series went bust.
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matt_boddy
63.3 hrs
Posted: July 21
Its a good game, if you liked 1 and 2 then its a must have.
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petersly
21.8 hrs
Posted: July 12
In my eyes best of the SW series, and quite polished (or a price) game. Space pausable RTS/RPG hybrid, with good balance and interesting relation between developing the skills and upgrading the ships. Acceptable story with some choices, Free roam actually gives some sense and there are significant enhancements to SW1. Game is not stellar and had a bi of issue with balance (rockets and missiles underpowered), but I enjoyed my game.
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Bone7
16.5 hrs
Posted: June 9
MAKE STAR WOLVES GREAT AGAIN! REMASTER ! IMPROVED! MAKE STAR WOLVES 4! I WANT MORE!
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Wowar
40.5 hrs
Posted: May 15
Sometimes It can give you cancer while trying get pass a quest, although its one of best space game i ever played that you can spend so much time with in. If i need to describe it with one sentence it will be "old but gold". So yea purchase this game and give it a chance, you won't be disepointed.
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Mikali
97.8 hrs
Posted: May 12
This game is kind of a cross between Homeworld, IWar2 and Blackguards. The spaceship mechanics are almost a direct copy of Homeworld. The game is an open world with a central storyline like IWar2. It is a party-based RPG with a focus on tactics like Blackguards, my favorite genre.

The story and dialogue are pretty good. There are multiple branching paths and different endings. The English translation is sometimes rough, but not too bad. I like the combat, ships and itemization. No real complaints here.

The main aspect this game failed at is the open world. The star systems are pretty boring, and there's not much to look at. They're all pretty much identical, though there is the occasional weapons cache hidden away in a remote sector. IWar2 had much better exploration. Luckily, the game lets you skip most of the exploration and proceed directly to the next story location. So it didn't bother me a whole lot.

Overall, I liked this game and would recommend it to people who like Homeworld and RPGs.
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crowe
5.8 hrs
Posted: May 6
what if homeworld were a crpg? wouldn't that be rad? turns out the answer is yes so you should buy this game now
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THE JOLLY KACATKA
25.9 hrs
Posted: March 16
Wait, what? It has MIXED reviews ?!

Guys. I've played this game so much back when it went out, and I played it in steam for 25.9 hs. Maybe nostalgia, but I find the game to be really perfect in terms of deepness/arcadeness balance. I also kinda like the plot, and that you can have a completely different game if you choose a different faction.

The combat is fun, too. Actually, I am writing this review cause I was browsing steam for a game with similar type of space combat, like 3D but still 2D-ish.

Yeah, it is a liiil bit buggy and, say, empty. But I love it.
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Vengrath
16.9 hrs
Posted: March 13
Does not have wolves 0/10
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LillyDarkFang
5.0 hrs
Posted: March 10
Dont buy this crap game it sucks!!!!
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76 of 84 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Graphics/Aesthetics:
As dated as graphics may be nothing is out of place and everything is instantly recognisable. The ships and weapons all look different and each conveys their feel and performance. The best part about it is that everything looks great in its own place. The worst is that the game generally has a very low visibility range as objects fade out of view if too far away.

Sound/Music:
Generally all sound design is decent. Nothing too bad or obnoxious. These is a very obvious lack or any voice-over except a couple of cutscenes. The music tends to be somewhat repetitive but not too annoying so as make you turn it off.

Gameplay/Controls:
If you played Homeworld 2 the controls should be quite familiar. The game supports an organised and logical set of controls that almost always make sense. The map may appear featureless but it is actually very functional. There is a very handy Speed Time function which allows you to speed up time and the game also includes useful functions like "Pause of Enemy Detection". The biggest drawback is that you cannot rebind ANY functions, WASD doesn't work and i personally had to use an AutoHotKey macro for the "Speed Up" and "Speed Down" functions.

Progression: The game features a decent progression system but it is fairly linear in a general sense. You cannot choose your main ship outside of story missions but you have full freedom on how to outfit your fighters. Each character has its own progression talent trees and each usually focuses on a specific job (that guy is good at missiles, that girl is good at repairs). Ships can be customised with various support and combat systems such as extended radar, remote repair, stealth/cloak, anti-missile PD, missiles, torpedos, lasers, blasters, cannons, railguns, etc... Each particular item has about 3 to 5 tiers of variants, one more powerful (and expensive) than the next.

Story: Yes, this game features several endings that are actually quite different depending on which faction you chose to help. The story itself is quite decent but sometimes forces a gimmicky situation just to advance the plot - "My ship blew up for no reason because the plot is giving me a new one". The characters are interesting enough for immersion and you won't be disappointed, but don't expect any feats of writing.

Overall:
THIS IS NOT AN RTS, this is more of a "Dragon Age meets Space Rangers" with your hero and allies on an adventure. This is an older game so some of the things you may take for granted today may not be present here so expect some mixed reactions in the beginning.

4/5 for those interested in the genre and definetly a good choice for anyone interested in this type of game. Pretty good until the end and has good replayability if you're interested in the various endings by trying a different approach/loadout.

3/5 If you don't care about space strategy, the controls will annoy you and the mouse is quite sluggish. Not a waste of money but not the best introduction to the genre.
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44 of 47 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
Original Star Wolves was an old school space tactics game, with a unique and challenging space fighter combat and a linear, but immersive story. You command a mothership with several fighters, which fly in 3d space, try to get on each other's tail and make attack runs, with real-time calculation of shell hits and importance of positioning. This one was made by the fan community of the first game, as the continuation of their highly appraised story mod. With all the consequences of a low-budget indie game, both good and bad.

pros:
- Immersive, highly branching story - if you loved the first game, or story mod, this one is even better. Long-waited ending to plot twists of original story mod. It's good to meet old characters and participate in their deeds.
- Game engine is improved to it's limits. Obsolete, but good-looking graphics; many new features were added like at last meaningful capital ships.
- Lovely attention to details.
- Combat is challenging, balance for the weaklings!)))

cons:
- Too heavily sripted. Though no game breaking bugs, quest logic could sometimes go hairy.
- No voice acting. Just plain walls of text.
- Outdated engine; some hardware/OS issues could arise.
- Combat is poorly balanced: it could be either difficult and unforgiving, or boring and tedious (thankfully, fast). Tactical options are fewer now - firepower is the winner.

Overall, it's really a gem, despite some possible problems. If you love space games, or games with well-crafted combat system and gameworld, with slow pace and high immersion - you should play it. I'd recommend play Star Wolves 1 first, to become acquainted with game world and characters; gameplay-wise, they are the same. *

* Though it's important to know that Star Wolves 1 ending or whole Star Wolves 2 story is not canon. Unfortunately, Empire Legacy story mod - the prequel to Civil War - was not translated to English.
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48 of 54 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Well, I played through this game and had a lot of fun, and a lot of frustration. There were times when I was excited and times when I was bored.

Pros:
  • The story is not the best I have read so far, but it keeps you on track, which is good (see con #2) It also let's you pick different solutions for missions, but not in every case (see con#3).
  • Ships can be equiped with a variety of different weapons, missiles, add-ons. I spend a good amount of time in the equipement screen to adjust my loadout to the upcoming missions.
  • Charakters can learn new abilities. From certain attack moves to maneuvers, from calling reinforcements to disabling enemy shield there are a lot of possible combinations.

Cons
  • The game assumes you have played a star wolves game before. That's why you really should use the tutorial. It tells you how to use waypoints and that is one heck of an important thing to know! But it does not tell you everything, and that's a pity. Wonder how you can assign points to perks? No information given (dock all fighters and dock at a station).
  • If you'd like an open world game: you're wrong here. The world opens after a few missions, but unfortunately there is pretty much nothing much to do than to hunt pirates. No random missions, nothing.
  • The scripting is my major con. In the first missions you need to do exactly what you are told to. Want to fly to another sector than told? Watch a cutscene where your ship is destroyed. Fly to a station you are not supposed to fly to? Watch another cutscene... The world opens after a while but until then it really can be a pain. And later in the story one of your crew members leaves. With the current ship and equipement you handpicked and were lucky to find. Later a ship of your crew member exlodes, which is part of the story, but you think, they were hit by a missile or something and start that situation over and over. Until you realize, it's a script...

Can I recommend buying the game anyway? Yes, now that you've been warned about some parts. If you have played the two others and had fun, you will like this very likely.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
69.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
Awesome single player RPGesque squad based space strategy game with inventory, shops, loot, salvage, missions, skill trees, free roam huge universe and dynamic story/world which changes with each of your decisions and actions. Simply put. Awesome!
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
128.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Very good game for such a low price.
Made with love and enthusiasm.
Such a shame this franchise is no longer alive.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
This is not a game for everyone. Play the first one if you have not yet, it's the best part of the series. If you like the gameplay then you can try this game afterwards.
If you decide to play this you should go the icc forums first & download the mods there (you can find a package with 3 good mods).
Keep also in mind that for normal players the difficulty levels are not labeled correctly. There is no easy setting! Easy = Normal / Normal = Hard / Hard = Insane.

If you're stucked and get killed all the time you can activate the god mode (=cheat). Navigate to your Star Wolves 3 game folder & find the Main.ini file. Search for the sectione [Game]. There you have to activate the DM (DebugMode=1). Now you can open the console ingame by hitting [Shift] + [^] or [Shift]+[~] etc. (depending on your keyboard layout) When you did everything right the green console screen becomes visible. Enter g_cheats 1 here. (On the german keyboard layout you have to press [Shift] + [ß] to get: _). Leave the console now. Back in game you can hit [Shift] + to activate the god mode.
Check the www for more useful hints if you have problems with the game.

I have to admit that I'm a big fan of the series and enjoyed all 3 games (but the 2nd one is really weak) and I hope there will be more games like this in the future.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2014
Has BG/ BG2 pause system , but in space! Mothership acts as floating base for up to 6 fighters. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s of tech and pilot RPG elements. Kinda buggy save alot, lots of text so you may have to read, short story. As a saving grace it has a huge solor system with lots of factions and infighting.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
177.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
["Bad english corner" - please correct me if I made a mistake.]

Now I want to be 100% honest with you, guys - this game has some flaws. Some minor and unfortunately some major as well. Like in all previous games this one also has somewhat weird and uncomfortable controls, it will take time to get used to it. It can get very frustrating and hard when you realize that some missions spawn endless waves of enemies until you run out of skills, ideas and rockets (or at least until you figure out what you are supposed to do) or find out that during some quests you may encounter a scripted auto-deaths just because "Middle finger for gamers not playing our games as we want them to". There is ZERO voice acting in english version, you have to read every single line of dialogue. The AI - while singificantly improved than in previous games - is still buggy (occasionally you will see both allies and enemies entering a "U spin me round" state - small ships start spinning very quickly and moving in one direction until then hit something or die). And let's end this list by the biggest flaw of this game: extremely poor optimization on Windows 7. My computer was built one year ago as a "Ridiculous machine" and it can play newest games in full HD and 60 fps, but Star Wolves 3 can occasionally drop from 60 to 30 fps for absolutely no reason or even to 10-15 if there are large battles with dozens of ships on the screen. It seems that my graphics card is not even spinning up it's fans while my CPU is working it's butt off to make this game running, no idea why. Tried many things, nothing worked. You have to live with it.

So as you can see, you have to forgive this game A LOT. But I still think it's good and it has a lot to offer for it's price. Why you may ask? Well, let me give you the fast version:

It's entertaining, it has a decent non-linear plot with a mystery and some enjoyable twists. It has graphics that - while not stunning - often can surprise you with some great images and big explosions with rich particle effects. It has a dangerous open world consumed with civil war, with many systems to explore. It gives the player many options and possibilities, hundreds of items, ships and other equipment while still managing to keep things simple. You can go to abandoned systems and fight in maps filled with literally hundreds of pirates, then after all that hard work collect a stash hidden inside an asteroid with a blinking light on it, sell it for a ton of cash, give escape pods with pirates to star patrol and get even more money as a reward - then buy some colorful lasers, hard hitting plasma guns and tremendously powerful torpedos and head to the border sector in order to fight aliens with ridiculously durable shields. Or try to beat an entire fleet of berserkers - sentient machines, that rely on hundreds of small, poorly armored bots with extremely hard hitting weapons. What, you think that "quality over quantity" is always right? Well, it's not. You will learn that the hard way. When you finally become a space badass with a big mothership and strong, reliable team, you can then try to attack MSF's or NESF's warehouses which have latest, experimental equipment, but will immediately spawn a fleet of dreadnoughts to protect them. Go to no-man's land (space?) and visit a smuggler's station if you want to buy missiles based on alien tech, and then wipe out an entire wing of fighters with just a single one of these lethal gems.

I could go like that for hours. There is so much to do in this game. Every time I find something new. Something awesome. Even easter eggs - chek out the description of a X244 system in Border Sector. Very Dead Space-ish, I tell you :) So far I've put 160 hours into this game and I keep coming back to it when there's nothing new to play. It's just a really fun and solid game, what else can I say. If you like space strategies, give it a try. Who knows, you might have a lot of fun too.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
88.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
This game had so much potential and still has its in need of a revamp but the gameplay is adictive and fun, storyline is good but needs some patching overall getting this game was a good and i experianced a dam good time playing it and still do :)
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
When i first decided i was gonna get star wolves 3 i thought i was gonna really lose my head and throw a fit, but after i put a few hours into the game i finally understood what the devs were aiming for. It has a feel of carrier command being able to deploy fighers to engage ur enemies, pilots have upgradeable and can pilot craft based on which skills u choose. i understand that this game boasted about free roam tho it is pretty scripted and linear, this kind of got me a bit upset as well as the unforgiving ai an tutorial, make the wrong decision and u will regret it. but i was soon able to make more logical choices due to learning from my mistakes and was rewarded for it.

I didn't play the previous star wolf games so im not very big on the plot but in this u play as trader ship pilot who ends up becoming more a mercenary, taking on missions from different sources, he also meets pilots that became permanent crew. the story isn't one that very much appeals to me but i read on since i kinda like to know whats going on atm (yes sadly there's little to no dialogue, so prepare your reading glasses).

The combat seems pretty good as the fighters will use the lack of graviy in space to float by their opponents to open up with their missiles or machine guns. the focus of early combat in the game seems to be to keep enemy fighters off of your mothership since the destruction of it means gameover. making sure each fighter has some type of missile defence will also help u out in battle as well as keeping your missiles in ample supply. extra fire support comes from employing mercenaries from nearby spacestations for when your fighters are not enough to take the enemy, mercs will ask for continued payment when moving from sector to sector.

The rpg element in the game is ok as well, as your pilots take part in combat they gain points that you can later use on their specialization tree making them more effective in combat. choices u make in the game also have an a pretty significant effect for example, choosing between fighing through a team of mercs or paying them to guide u staight to a new mothership they were protecting.

WARNING this game is not for the impatient or for those who expect to command a legion of ships, this game will also requier for u to save often! but if u have a love for any type of space combat, or just like ordering around a squadron of fighters taking out pirates, then i think u might like this game. i dont really feel like i wasted my money on it either, im a dude that loves space games weather its rts, exploration, or just straight up action, its an ok space game i no there are other good ones but this one is pretty fun to me in my opinion. atm moment its on on sale, tho I've also been hearing that ppl were having problems starting and or playing the game, I took the risk and it works fine for me I'm using a laptop with a core i5, its really not that amazing a laptop but im able to play this game on high settings no problem.

Mothership tips: when your game pauses from combat, stop your mothership where it is, then engage the enemy squadron with your fighters before they notice you, then draw them closer to your mothership so it can provide some support to your fighters. this tactic works fairly well on the mission where you must attain a new mothership from a band of mercs, tis better to fight for it than it then buy it.
Your mothership is your home protect it no matter what, fighters can be replaced. if losing is unavoidable retreat to a different sector, repair, rearm and restrategize if your tactics keep failing.
Also before you enter your mission sector buy a pack of mercs, dont try to buy them in your mission sector unless you feel you can, but it never hurts to give it a shot.

Enjoy
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