This iconic RTS/4X game has some really cool mods that you should check out, from Star Wars khổng lồ Star Trek và more


Sins of the Prophets

Who knew that the best Halo game would actually be a thủ thuật for a nine year old strategy game? Ok, ok, fine – I’m being facetious, but the Halo franchise has always been focused on ground-based action, incredibly focused stories phối amidst the backdrop of an interstellar war.

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The Sins of the Prophet mod for SOASE Rebellion will let you live sầu out your space-based Halo fantasies with fully fleshed out UNSC and Covenant factions. This is one of those mod projects that’s cchiến bại to becoming a professional studio, given the right backing, & the team have sầu created some very high chất lượng art & audio assets for the gian lận, as well as introducing new features & heavily modifying the base game.

Interestingly, this team, the team behind the Sins of a Galactic Empire mod mentioned below, as well as Halo-themed mod teams from ArmA 3 and Tiberian Sun have joined forces khổng lồ create Chokepoint Games. This may be one outfit to lớn keep an eye on.


Sins of a Galactic Empire

Speaking of which, another ‘Chokepoint Games’ project Sins of a Galactic Empire is one of the leading Star Wars Sins of a Solar Empire mods at the moment. It’s an older thủ thuật that hasn’t been properly updated since 2018, but the help from Chokepoint should hopefully get things moving again.

It’s another total conversion that features ships & material from the main Galactic Civil War, the Clone Wars, as well as the Yuuzhan Vong war. We’re not sure how far along these latter two eras have been filled out, but the core Rebel Alliance vs. Galactic Empire stuff is all there. Word of warning, at the time of writing this hack can’t make use of more recent official DLCs lượt thích Minor Factions.


Star Wars: Thrawn’s Revenge II Ascendancy

Star Wars: Thrawn’s Revengeis another popular Star Wars mod was created by the same team who made the Empire at War thủ thuật of the same name. This is another one that brings in factions và ships from several eras, and even dives into lớn the legacy expanded universe to lớn bring khổng lồ life minor factions such as the Chiss Ascendancy & the Hapes Consortium.

It’s worth bearing in mind that this is more of a port of their original Empire at War mod, so it won’t have sầu all of the same features you’re used to lớn. While there are some similarities, Sins of a Solar Empire is fundamentally a different game to lớn Empire at War, so the thiết kế concerns are different. It’s still pretty good though.


Star Trek: Armada 3

Not many games seem lớn lend themselves to lớn Star Trek themed nội dung, but Sins of a Solar Empire is a remarkably flexible game that can be applied khổng lồ many IPS. There are a few Star Trek mods for SOASE, but we’re going khổng lồ look at Armada 3.

This is a full-conversion mod that takes place during the time of the Dominion War (latter seasons of Deep Space Nine) và features five sầu playable factions in the form of the United Federation of Planets, the Klingon Empire, the Romulan Star Empire, the Cardassian Union/Dominion Alliance, & the Borg Collective sầu. While this mod was officially released years ago, the team are working towards a more ‘definitive’ version of Armada 3, hopefully due out later this year.

Armadomain authority 3 is at the time of the writing the most popular of the Star Trek mods for Sins of a Solar Empire, but there are two more as well that within ten places, namely Star Trek: Sacrifice of Angels 2 & Ages of the Federation. You should check them out as well.


Dawn of the Reapers

It’s not often we get a Mass Effect thủ thuật, but in the absence of a new game in BioWare’s definitive RPG space opera, we’ll take whatever we can get. Dawn of the Reapers hasn’t had a major update since 2019, but the developers are still very much active sầu & working on things.

It brings in factions and ships from across the Mass Effect universe, including the Systems Alliance, the Council, và even the Reapers themselves. In the most recent update, the developers have sầu worked hard lớn ensure you can play this thủ thuật without needing any of the DLC, which is nice of them.

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Stargate Invasion

It’s honestly a crime we haven’t had a serious Stargate game, in all the years the show has been around & the potential it can offer. Personally, I’ve always thought it’d make great fodder for an XCOM-style game, but I’ll take a fully fleshed Sins of a Solar Empire mod as well.

Stargate Invasion features the Tau’ri, Asurans, Goa’uld, Wraith and Asgardians as playable races, each with their own custom ship models, AO và artwork. The Asgardians và Wraith are currently still WiPhường, but the other three are fully playable và the Wraith are due khổng lồ be released in the near future, hopefully this year.


Enhanced 4X Mod

To finish off this danh mục, we’re going to lớn step away from cool license tie-ins & return khổng lồ Sins of a Solar Empire as it was originally made. There’snot much to lớn the lore and narrative sầu beyond what you see in the opening trailers, but the world of Sins is pretty decent và there are plenty who enjoy mucking around in its hyper-aggressive sầu vision of the far future.

The Enhanced 4X hack is an attempt lớn flesh out the other ‘Xs’ of the game’s thiết kế. In theory Sins is a hybrid RTS/4X game, but it focuses on the ‘exterminate’ portion more than the others. E4X attempts to lớn rebalance things by including new mechanics such as Hero units, new sub factions, encounters, new ship upgrades, even new espionage mechanics to lớn go with diplomacy. It wants to enhance the strategic & non-combat portions of the game specifically.

There are so many cool options and tweaks you can do, they developers have created their own hack manager for the game to allow you khổng lồ customise your offering to lớn suit what you’re looking for, which is pretty neat.

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If you like what you see when it comes to the E4X gian lận, there is actually a Star Wars hack that’s been inspired by its kiến thiết. Cheông chồng out Star Wars: Interregnum if you want the features and philosophy of E4X applied to lớn a galaxy far, far away.


How to thủ thuật Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion

Despite being available on Steam (và at quite a decent price during sales), Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion does not have Steam Workshop integration. You’ll need khổng lồ do a bit of manual modding.

Sins of a Solar Empire does use it’s own internal thủ thuật manager, which lets you enable and disable mods at leisure. There’s not a lot of nuance to lớn it, và it won’t be able to handle conflicts or technical errors, but it’s better than nothing.

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By and large, you’ll just need to lớn grab a zip file and make sure you unzip it inlớn the right place. For a gian lận that requires the most up-to-date version of Sins, it’ll look something lượt thích this for Windows users: C:Users\DocumentsMy GamesIronclad GamesSins of a Solar Empire RebellionMods-Rebellion v1.85

Once your hack is in the right place, going baông xã khổng lồ the ‘mods’ section of the thực đơn will let you enable it for use in-game. Sometimes, for the large total conversion mods, you’ll need to lớn restart before playing.

Some things tokeep in mind:

You’ll need to make sure you’ve sầu launched the game at least once, and from the main menu go to lớn options, then mods, và then cliông xã ‘show mod path’. This will then create the thư mục.Some mods come with their hack files nested inlớn folders – the vanilla manager can’t giảm giá with nested files, so make sure you follow instructions lớn know which bit actually needs to lớn be in the mod thư mục.

The golden rule with all of our mods guides, is that even though we’ve provided some general advice, always read the installation instructions for the hack you want khổng lồ install. They should include the general, all-purpose advice you vì for every thủ thuật as well as anything specific you need.