You've heard it all before, and we all know how Sins gets slower and slower the bigger the map is and the longer you play it.
The one dark cloud that hangs over Sins, an otherwise (in my opinion) perfect game, is the fact that even with a modern gaming rig I can't play medium-large, large, or huge maps for longer than a few hours before the entire match slows to an intolerable crawl and becomes impossible to finish. My vast interstellar empire building ends up being a pointless exercise, because the bigger it is and the more ships I field, the slower and more unplayable the game becomes. Watching the seconds tick by upon scuttling something is like watching life play out in slow motion... it can literally take 3+ seconds just for 1 realtime second to pass. My video card barely gets used in this game, but my CPU gasps for dear life. If I want to be sure I have a consistently smooth game I have to play a small or medium-sized map with a small fleet size, and have to set the AI difficulty pretty low or they end up having too high of a resource bonus and build huge fleets anyway. For a game based around building empires and engaging in massive fleet battles, it is almost unbearable that I can't play it the way I want to play it.
Why can't I just make a colossal map with tons of stars and hundreds of planets and 7 Viscious AI's and not have to worry about never finishing it? Every couple of months I get the itch to create a space empire and engage in some epic fleet battles, so I come back to Sins because nothing scratches that itch like some good old Sins, the greatest space RTS ever. However, without fail I only play it for a few days, maybe a week and then quit in frustration because the slowdown ruins my epic space empire dreams.
I know I sound like a broken record since this subject has been done to death, but I thought multi-core support was supposed to be added with Rebellion. Maybe I was just wishing it was going to be added.
Is this a dream we are going to have to wait a few more years for when Sins 2 comes out?