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These are minor complaints; Sword of the Stars: A Murder of Crows is what the de-facto sci-fi 4X experience is all about and while there should be no question that any existing fan should absolutely pick this up, there’s also more than enough here to interest newcomers as well. Just be prepared – the fact that I’m writing this at four in the morning while trying to decide if I really should hit that “End Turn” button in the game window one more time, or just go to bed is evidence of how easily this game can destroy your sleep-cycle, social life, and any other practices you might happen to care about which don’t involve playing it.
Sword of the Stars was never an easy game and A Murder of Crows does not change that in any way. For 4X fans however, the game has a lot to offer and Kerberos has worked tirelessly to please its fans. Expanding the Sword of the Stars universe for the second time is no easy feat but the developers have pulled it off very well indeed. That is not to say you should all run out now and buy the game.
Sword of the Stars: A Murder of Crows adds some nice new features that fans of the series will definitely enjoy. However, the game is still pretty complex and can be unwieldy to newcomers, making for a title that might be tough to get into if you’re new to the 4X genre.
It used to be that fans of space empire strategy games had to take what they could get. But that's certainly not the case this year. It's tough, therefore, in the wake of this year's excellent Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor and Sins of a Solar Empire, for this latest Sword of the Stars expansion to compete. While it undoubtedly expands the options of the core game and brings in an inventive, engaging race, the lingering interface problems still frustrate out efforts to uncover the undeniable joys to be found inside. Despite its flaws, the game has earned its fans and they will undoubtedly enjoy the added options found here. The rest of us will keep holding out for Stardock's inevitable Sins of a Solar Empire expansion.