Sins of a Solar Empire is a real-time strategy game that was first released in 2008. The game features a 3D environment full of planets and space objects. Players can overpower the different planets and explore celestial planes. There are three resources to collect in the game – crystal, metal, and credits. Crystals are the rarest resource that players can collect. They can be collected from asteroids and are used in upgrading technology. Metal can be found in asteroids and is used for building structures and ships. Credits are the in-game currency. It is rewarded to players by doing different tasks in the game.
There are four different factions in the game. They are:
• TEC (Trader Emergency Coalition) – Allows players to build large fleets faster as the faction has inexpensive frigates. The group has units that are heavily armored and make use of missiles and gauss cannons.
• Advent – Also known as The Unity. Makes use of psychic and spiritual technologies. They also use lightly armored ships. They also make use of PsiTech, a special technology that increases the groups’ mental capabilities.
• Vasari – Uses advanced technology for genetic manipulation. They also specialize in nanotechnology and make armors for spacecrafts.
• Pirates – This is the only faction that cannot be controlled by players. The group collects counties and destroys properties of the other three factions.