Due to my Mac-ishness, I fell out of PC gaming for the last 4 years or so. Actually, make that 6 years – my last Windows computer was so terrible, I hardly ever turned it on. I used Macs in the computer lab in college.
Anyway, the point is that I have access to a PC now, and I’ve rediscovered my love of “real-time strategy”, or as I like to call it, “being the Overlord”. My all time favourite game has been Master of Orion. I sank entire summers into playing that game when I was in high school. I sank a summer into MoO2 in college, but I thought the planetary controls were too in-depth. Sadly, MoO3 was a total bust, and there ended my obsession with MoO.
But! Sword of the Stars came out with a new expansion recently, (Murder of Crows) which caused it to pop up on my radar. Despite SotS being a fairly old game, I enjoy the play quite a bit. The ship construction is streamlined over even the most basic in Master of Orion. I absolutely LOVE the tech trees! The racial interactions are so much more in-depth and interactive than any RTS I’ve played, but that is likely caused by my PC gaming hiatus.
In fact, the only SotS item I haven’t liked is the map interface. I find it very difficult to orient myself in the 3D map, even though it is realistic. I liked that all of the star systems were labeled with names in MoO, and if I could find a way to turn on names for all star systems after a certain level of zoom, I would.
I like the idea of playing the Liir (because I lean toward the socially advanced/tech advantaged races versus the hack’n’slash warrior races) but my current game is Tarrka, and I’m doing pretty well. It has a nice balance between warlike race and advanced tech.