If I were making a trailer for the brilliant Sins Of A Solar Empire I would definitely show the best feature in the game: the extraordinary long zoom from space craft out to solar map. It’s the kind of camera wizziness that puts Supreme Commander to shame. It’s the thing that makes the game as impressive as it is. Instead, the new movie for the expansion, Entrenchment, shows off the exploding spacecraft, and their laser combat. That’s all good stuff, but it’s not the crux of the game. Come on trailer-making folks, let’s see genuine game footage. We’re all gamers here.
Read the rest of this entry »
Posts Tagged ‘Stardock’
By Jim Rossignol on February 21st, 2009.
By Jim Rossignol on February 18th, 2009.
[EDIT: Actual price for this is $14.95.] Exquisitely clever time-bending platformer Braid will finally see a PC release on March 31st, and the $15 pre-orders are up on Stardock’s DRM-free digi-delivery system, Impulse. Blow says: “”I’ve signed the game with 3 different online distributors. One of them, Impulse, has already announced. The other two haven’t put out their press releases yet, so I don’t want to jump the gun saying who it is.” (Thanks, Paul.)
The IGF winner is one of the most heavily praised indie games of the past few years, and has caused many people to say “beeeeoooowwwoop!” in earnest. Creator Jonathan Blow gave a memorable keynote at FreePlay in 2007, in which he both talked up Braid and described the reward scheme of World Of Warcraft as “unethical”. Braid trailer after the click.
By Kieron Gillen on January 16th, 2009.
Ever since RPS’ inception, Stardock done nothing but to do things to further endear themselves to PC Gamers. A fountain of Gal Civ splenditude. A move into publishing with the brilliant Sins of a Solar Empire and the looking-brilliant DemiGod. Even pushing a gamers bill of rights. This is simply their next step, a Master-of-Magic inspired fantasy game which they’ve been working on for years but only finally gave it a name towards the close of the last. It’s time we all learned it. It’s Elemental: War of Magic and looks set to becoming the next PC-strategy game du jour. We talk to Brad Wardell about it…
By Jim Rossignol on December 12th, 2008.
We also post about Stardock’s Impulse thinger, which is like Steam, only different. They have a sale on and look at this: Galactic Civilizations I: Ultimate for $3.99, Space Rangers 2 Complete for $3.99, Supreme Commander for $9.99, and Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords for $9.99. Ace.
Anyone using Impulse out there? Thoughts? Complaints? Concise user-reviewers to inform and aid your fellow consumers in their task of identifying and purchasing entertainment bargains? Anything?
By Jim Rossignol on September 23rd, 2008.
And some other stuff! To celebrate the UK launch of the excellent Galactic Civilisations II: Endless Universe (which is basically the compilation version of the original game, with both of the expansions integrated for a full package of galactic conquest), we’ve got a bunch of GalCiv stuff to give away, including copies of the game and a resplendent Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Platinum – Fatal1ty Champion Edition soundcard. This competition is only open to residents of the UK. Sorry! Clickwards for details.
By Alec Meer on September 18th, 2008.
Political satire and turn-based strategy: a surprisingly winning combination. Stardock have just chucked out a free version of their lovely The Political Machine 2008, which is essentially a demo in all but name. It is, however, the part of the game that everyone wants to play the most: Obama vs Mcain. With staunch support from Joe Biden and the pitbull with lipstick, of course. Many of the full game’s features, such as design it yourself candidates and randomised issues, are missing, but multiplayer’s in there. Grab it from here.
Oh, here’s me semi-Verdicting the full game a little while ago. If you do already own TPM08, it’s worth grabbing the recent 1.5 update – not least because it adds Palin and Biden, but also because it ups the variety of what was a slightly shallow game. You have to get it through Stardock’s Impulse thinger, which is something I’ve yet to form a definite feeling about. Interesting, but it hasn’t wormed its way into my life/PC like Steam has. It’s very early days for it, of course.
By Jim Rossignol on September 5th, 2008.
So the left over footage from PAX includes a few minutes of Demigod footage with some detailed developer commentary. The explanations highlight your demigod’s character development as you play – the big old central unit in your battle will grow stronger and expand in powers during each bout against another demigod. So it’s that whole RTS-but-ooh-we-have-RPG-stats-for-heroes thing. The footage also give you some idea of how the game plays – a fairly fast-paced action RTS, via way of the tower of Babel and cosmic battle-chess. It’s looking good.
By John Walker on August 30th, 2008.
It’s hard not to want to give Stardock a kiss on the nose. But as professional, aloof critics, we are required not to have favourites, ensuring we are as precise and astute in all things. It’s interesting to note how Stardock are aiming to be everyone’s favourite. Their latest effort: The Gamer’s Bill of Rights.
By Alec Meer on June 20th, 2008.
I’ve done a bad thing. A baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad thing. I’ve made One Of The Most Evil Men In The World president of the USA. Dick Cheney now has the keys to the planet, with staunch support from his Vice-President Lord Krona, who is a brain-washing tyrant from Mars. Or is that Cheney again? I get confused.
It might be an insane, broken system, but American politics is so much more fascinating than British politics at the moment. I may not be able to vote over there, but I can play The Political Machine 2008.
By Jim Rossignol on June 17th, 2008.
Stardock’s digital distribution platform, Impulse, goes live today. I know what you’re thinking, but Epic Games, THQ, AVG, iolo, Gas Powered Games, Hothead Games, Ironclad Games, Meridian4 have apparently signed up to the platform. Notable games on there include Sins Of A Solar Empire, Unreal Tournament III, Gal Civ, and Space Rangers 2. No, Space Rangers 2 was awesome, go play it. Details below.
Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Rossignol on June 11th, 2008.
We know how much you love to conquer the universe. So with that in mind we’re delighted to be able to give away five copies of the excellent real-time interstellar space war strategy, Sins Of A Solar Empire. As you’ll recall from our previous discussions, this is a game that we’d definitely recommend people buying, so we’d triply recommend entering a competition to win a copy. Honestly, you might as well click through to the details.
Read the rest of this entry »
By Kieron Gillen on April 22nd, 2008.
PCG have lobbed up my interview with Stardock’s El Presidente Brad Wardell. For example, here’s Brad on why their attempts to licence Atari’s old games like Master of Magic fell through…
“We all agreed on everything but the lawyers just killed it. All kinds of requirements. We’re very open about things, and every time we wanted to say something we’d have had to run it by Atari Legal. We couldn’t even put out a news item. And it’s not like we’d be using code. Which was another point – the lawyers didn’t understand we were just doing a trademark licence, and they wanted the rights to the code of anything we wrote. Which was obviously a deal breaker too. It was so incompatible with how we do things.”
He also talks about the myth of old-school PC sales, why he’d love to do a Baldur’s Gate 2 style game, what people in marketing think about the Germans, being an Engineer not an artist and loads more. Read it here. I also now remember I’ve got quite a bit of material left over from this interview, which I’ll whip into shape sharpish.
By Kieron Gillen on April 21st, 2008.
Good news for Europeans who are a bit wary around Digital Downloads – Stardock have announced that they’ve found someone with the good sense to bring Sins of a Solar Empire to retail in Europe, the Middle and Far East. Kudos to Kalypso Media for doing the decent thing and taking our money. The press release says that it’ll be for £29.99 (Or 39.99 Euro-poundies) and “will contain an additional bonus of six exclusive maps, a techtree poster and a comprehensive manual”. Late May/Early June is promised, though there’s no set date yet set. Until then, probably a good time to re-read our RPS Sins of a Solar Empire verdict. Yes.
[Thanks to Joachim for the heads up]