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Okay game, except the difficulty!,
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This review is from: Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
I enjoyed this game for quite a few play throughs. It is challenging and fast paced, and certainly not for those who like sitting back and playing a defensive style in strategy games. It's all about expanding quickly and getting as many planets as possible without over-stretching your forces! The resource collecting works well, and although there could be a little more variance in the buildings there is a good base-building aspect to the game. It's a very clever mix of real time and 4x strategy, and as others have said it works well with long play sessions. It also forces you to use your ships wisely with a fair bit of micro-management in battle, as just chucking in a load of your stronger ships won't work.
My crticism, and what ultimately left me at a loose end with this game, was the difficulty settings. Make no mistake, this game is pretty punishing, and I knew that when buying it. I only tried playing on normal and hard (there is an easy and and unfair setting, and possibly another that's even harder). I found that on normal, the AI very rarely attacked me, didn't build super weapons and were fairly easy to conquer even though they did build large fleets. On hard, I found that the game became almost completely about superweapons after the opening stages, and that the AI seemed able to acquire them much quicker than I. I was being attacked so frequently by superweapons that it was impossible to mount a counter offensive, and I eventually became frustrated and quit the play through. If there was a difficulty between these two settings, I think it would be perfect for semi-casual gamers like me! I have no doubt that this is because of my inferior skill level and that this was my first experience of this game. Still, I think it'd be hard to get prolonged enjoyment out of this game, unless you like a punishing challenge or a pretty relaxed gaming experience.