Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Review
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Ironclad Games
Pub: Stardock
Release: June 12, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Fantasy Violence, Mild Language

There are several new ships, too, but by far the most impressive of them is the Titan class. These ships are tough to build—they're expensive, and you have to create them in several different stages—but they are immensely powerful. This forces players to decide whether a big investment will pay off before it's too late.

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Screenshot

Fans of the previous games will also notice Rebellion's fresh coat of paint. While the franchise is known for its low system requirements and Rebellion continues this tradition—it still runs on the Iron Engine, takes up only a few gigs of hard-drive space, and will work with most computers—this expansion is a step forward visually. It's not the best-looking title in the game industry by any stretch of the imagination, but given the small download and the ability to run on old computers, it looks decent enough. My only significant complaint with the graphics is that there are long load times, both when you start the game up and when you begin an individual match.

The sound doesn't fare nearly as well, unfortunately. Thanks to the sheer size of the game (and perhaps as a nod to the scientific fact that sound doesn't travel through space), Sins doesn't honor each individual laser blast and explosion with a sound effect. What you do hear are the obnoxious, poorly acted comments your team makes all the time: "Show me the path!" "I seek knowledge!" In fairness, though, the epic orchestral music is a nice fit for this franchise.


So what does all this mean? In a way, it's a gutsy move for Ironclad to release an expansion for a four-year-old game, especially when the marketing team for Legends of Pegasus is telling gamers to "forget your Sins… become a Legend." Rebellion leaves plenty of room for a competitor to improve on its formula; personally, I would like to see cutting-edge graphics, a story campaign, and faster and more gripping gameplay. But Rebellion is easily the definitive game of this series, with lots of new content and all the old stuff thrown in too—and if Legends of Pegasus wants us to "forget our Sins," it had better give us something truly great.

Robert VerBruggen
Contributing Writer
Date: June 20, 2012

Given the small download and reasonable system requirements, the game looks fine, but it won't knock your socks off.
There are lots of menus, but that's unavoidable in this genre.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The voice acting is terrible, but the epic music is a nice touch.
Play Value
Sins is showing its age a little, but it's still the best example of this genre we have.
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • New factions: Decide whether to play as a Loyalist or Rebel – each unlocks new technologies, ships and play styles for each race.
  • New Titan Class warships: Mighty titans enter the fray of the war to tip the scales of power. Each faction may field its own unique titan, drawing upon unique strengths and abilities on the battlefield.
  • New and updated capital ships: A new capital ship joins the fleet for each race to offer even more tactical options. Additionally, all existing capital ships have been upgraded to four levels for their abilities, allowing players to focus their ships along specific strengths.
  • New Corvette Class ships: Each faction has developed a new light attack craft to harass enemy forces.
  • Updated visuals: Updated graphics, particle effects, lighting and shadows, race specific UI, and other enhancements make the Sins universe look better than ever.
  • New victory conditions: Take multiple paths to victory, including Military, Diplomatic, Research, Last Flagship Standing, Last Capital Standing, and Occupation.
  • New Audio: More than 60 minutes of original music, countless new sound effects, and dozens of new voice overs help bring the drama of battle to new levels of immersion.
  • Tutorials: New and updated tutorials make it easy for both experienced and new players to quickly start building their own solar empire.

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