Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter for PC
PC - Windows

Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter

Dec 1, 2012
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About this game

Content Rating: Teen


In the sequel to the critically hailed 4X space epic Sword of the Stars, gamers become reaquianted with the original six races from Swords of the Stars I and its expansions as as they discover the dark secret of the original series, the Suul'ka – an ancient race that is responsible for tampering with the Liir, Zuul, and other races in the SotS universe! Sword of the Stars II offers a major step forward in the approach to 4X gameplay, taking the easy-to-learn-hard-to-master philosophy set out in the first game and following that path to a new standard in space strategy games.

System Requirements


  • OS:Windows 7 - 64 bit
  • Processor:Core2 Duo or equivalent
  • Memory:2 GB RAM
  • Graphics:512-MB DirectX 10, Integrated graphics (laptops) are not supported
  • DirectX

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Critic Reviews

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Jon MichaelNov 21, 2011
Sword of the Stars II is in love with its own history and story, to the point where its encyclopedia favors dozens of background entries over any sort of gameplay information. It may be just as well, because seven patches later, the game is still broken in so many places that it will be tough to find any consistency. There are many other 4X games on the market that do basically everything SotS2 intended, but better and without the bugs.
Adam BiessenerNov 08, 2011
That’s a good session with Sword of the Stars II; most of them end far sooner with me physically angry at the ubiquitous interface lag, nearly useless manual, a random event that blows up one of my colonies with no warning, or some other frustration. I love the ideas at play here, but the horrific implementation adds complexity and obfuscation with little commensurate gain in strategic depth.
Tom SeniorDec 18, 2011
It's a dangerously unstable game, too. I reviewed it after a couple of patches, but still had hours of progress erased by a crash on the way to the saving screen. Even when the bugs are exorcised, you'll have to wrestle with that terrible interface. Better to consider this one lost in space. Try the Sword of the Stars Complete Edition instead.