Sword of the Stars II: First Blood Drawn

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8 Responses

  1. frptunz says:

    Ugh, it’s one of the games I’m still not dare enough to return to after trying it vanilla. It just feels… overwhelming. And it bluntly throws everything at you right from the beginning, making you feel like you’ve been stumped upon by an elephant.

    • Jan says:

      But what glorious combat, and the ships can be configured in oh so many ways…more than even Distant Worlds

      • frptunz says:

        Never got that far :) Don’t have enough patience no more to study games that have no decent tutorial :)
        15 years ago I’d probably spend weekend to get how it works, but now it’s work, family, renovations, cat and ferret – all them eating my free time, leaving very little to spend :))

        • Brian Rubin says:

          This is a fair point, it’s honestly criminal, I think, that a game this deep and detailed doesn’t include a tutorial in this day and age.

  2. Aquaireeus says:

    Nice revisit article. I started playing it this past weekend. It is pretty overwhelming, but it’s still rewarding and fun. I imagine that when I actually get comfortable with all the various nuances, this game will be one of those “One more turn…(3 hours pass)” type of games.

    • Brian Rubin says:

      Yeah, it’s really feeling like it has the potential to be one of those “One more turn…wait, it’s 4 AM? WTF?” games, but I need to play more to be sure.

  3. I’d really like to get more of a sense of how (aside from improved graphics) it differs from its predecessor which I really loved. Please could you put that in next time?

    • Brian Rubin says:

      Welcome to the blog, David! As for your question, I apologize, but I barely played any of the first Sword of the Stars (I was going through a gaming hiatus when it came out years ago) and therefore couldn’t honestly say how it differs without making it up. ;) People I’ve spoken to who know both games say this one is deeper, if that helps.

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