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StarDrive sets a new benchmark for the ‘4X Space Strategy’ genre. Starting with a single planet and a small number of space-worthy vessels, you must venture forth into the galaxy, conquer new worlds, build new colonies and defend your very existence against those who would take what is yours. How you play is your decision. Use diplomacy or brute force. Trade, spy and research your way to galactic domination. Make friends, or create mortal enemies…

The heart of StarDrive is its ship design and combat engine.

StarDrive takes a modular approach to ship design, allowing the player to create custom ships where the composition and placement of ship modules really matters to the performance of a ship.. In combat, if your portside armour is taking a beating, then rotate around and show them the starboard side! Hide behind a friendly capital ship’s shields; warp into and out of the fray, launch fighters, lay mines, and so much more.Key Features
  • Real time gameplay with a seamless zoom from a grand strategic view to a close-up action view
  • Choose from 8 beautifully rendered alien races or design your own to lead into the stars; interact, negotiate and forge allegiances on your way to victory
  • Expand your empire and colonize all kinds of planets, terraform and populate them and build them into specialized centers of trade or industry
  • Research and unlock an array of technologies to improve your military and industrial capabilities
  • Control your ships with classic real time strategy commands or jump into the fray by taking direct ‘arcade’ control of any ship in your empire
  • Create your unique ship designs with the modular ship design system and determine your own fate in battle
  • Create custom fleet formations and set rules of engagement in the easy-to-use fleet editor
  • Steal technologies, incite rebellions, or rob your enemies blind with a rich agent-based espionage system
  • Deploy ground troops from orbit to defeat the enemies’ last planetary defenses in ground combat
  • Explore the rich universe that comes alive with random events, remnant elements, hidden treasures, deep space terrors and late-game threats
Release date
Zero Sum Games
Iceberg Interactive
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS:Windows XP
  • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
  • Memory:3 GB RAM
  • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900
  • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
  • Additional:Please Note: integrated Intel graphic card/chips not supported
  • OS:Windows 7
  • Processor:2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor or Better
  • Memory:4 GB RAM
  • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900 or better
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
  • Additional:Please Note: integrated Intel graphic card/chips not supported
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StarDrive reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
Finally a 4X Space game that offers exactly what I like: Everything in Real time, editable, independently upgradeable And design-ready ships (Equipment), Research, diplomacy (rudimentary), even Agents there, Planetary Expansion and Ground Troops. What you have to plan for in particular is Time. Especially the Beginning plays out because of the fact that you have to explore everything (every Building) very tough. During this Time, the Acceleration of Time is the best Friend. On the other Hand, you can spread Calmly. Because AI, too, has to abide by these Rules. Here, the Exploration of the Galaxy is especially important To find suitable planets. Functions such as Trade and Exploration Can also be taken over by an AI, it is also recommended that the appropriate Ships for the Order are built. Which is really cool when you fight against a People and conquer a Planet, e.g. at the CororazineCollective, you get a Bomb with Which you can free their Slaves the Owlwork. So there are also Research trees that you get situation-related The only Shortcoming is the Performance, as soon as you fight against big Empires on the big maps, the Performance goes down massively especially during Battles, therefore better use smaller Maps. What I find a bit of a shame, although every People has their own ship design, but everyone uses almost the same Technologies and what you pack into the Ships purely on equipment is unfortunately not visible from the outside, but is also likely to be difficult. I recommend this Game in any case!
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Hello, anyone who is thinking of buying Stardrive 1 und/or 2 should know exactly what he is buying. On Stardrive 2 I also wrote a Review, with negative Judgment, you can safely omit that at the moment, as it simply has too many Flaws. StarDrive 1 is currently available in The Patch 1.15B, which is also likely to be the last. As a result, the Game is largely mature and also bug-free. There are also a lot of Mods for StarDrive that leave nothing to be desired Here. Whether it's Star Trek, Star Wars, STARGATE, BSG or some together, almost anything is possible. Some Modders have also extremely expanded the Main Game. If you just want to play the main Game, however, you should definitely do the BlackBox mod on it, as it adds some Comfort Features and also offers more Possibilities in the Options. This is also compatible with the Star Trek Mod. If you want to have a List of Mods, you can check out this [' url=http://www.stardrivegame.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=501] here [/url]. Conclusion: Since StarDrive now costs very little if you are unsure. For a few Hours you are still busy, because everything is just new. Every Sci-Fi affine can strike without hesitation (especially Star Trek Fans because of the Mod, speak from personal Experience:D), the Mods guarantee Long-term Motivation in the three-digit Hour range. If you have Experience in Modding yourself, you can also let off steam here. The Forum offers enough Approach here from unfinished Mods as well as users ' self-programmed tools that make living easier. Buy:D
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