You know I have lurked on the Kerberos Forums for a few years now and I have never seen anyone gagged or threads removed simply because they were critical. I have seen LOTS of posts criticizing some aspect of the game and never once saw the posts deleted afterwards. Yeah, sometimes the Devs might defend themselves vigorously (go figure) but I have never seen them abusive, and if you go on there being an obnoxious asshat they are going to call you on it. Don't take my word for it - visit the forums yourself. Usually when someone criticizes some aspect of the game with a modicum of politeness they respond back as to why they didn't do it that way, or they say "Good idea".
Anyway ... forum politics aside, Sword of the Stars is really one of my fave games. The Diplomacy is a little light, but that is my only gripe. Its kind of like "Rome Total War-In Space" except this AI actually fights back. Oh yeah, and unlike Rome Total War you can play the full game with multiplayer.
Here are a couple of You Tube videos that let you see what the battles are like (obviously the resolution sucks on You Tube). If you like what you see you should really try the demo. If you like the game, finding it is tricky (the publisher is very small because Kerberos wanted to retain their IP). You will either need to order it from Amazon or buy and download it from Gamer's Gate. I recommend Gamer's Gate over Direct2Drive since the latter wrap it in some sort of DRM.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MSIJ3cGY8Uhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5ASOMbzXXohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNDi3jumJ1ohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPI-_91haCw&feature=related
Hatman This comment was edited on May 27, 21:17.