“ Publisher: LucasArts Entertainment Company / Genre: Strategy / Genre: Action / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / ESRB Descriptor: Fantasy Violence / Platform: Windows / Online: Online Gaming Support / Online: LAN Gaming Support / Control Elements: Mouse / Control Elements: Keyboard / Distribution Media: DVD-ROM / Release Date: February, 2006 „
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Star Wars Empire at War is a real time strategy game set in the Star Wars universe. The units are all Star Wars but you do not need to be a Star Wars fan to enjoy this game or know anything about Star Wars.
The game takes place between episode III and episode IV and follows the battle up to the eventually potential destruction of the Death Star, depending on the options you had chosen through the game. You can play as either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire.
The main game is the single player campaign game, but there is basic galactic conquest, skirmish matches and online multiplayer to chose from giving the game plenty of options to choose from.
You play as the commander of the army unit and battles are both ground side and in space so a bit of variety over tactics and units available. There is a pretty good selection of units to play with many that have already been seen in the Star Wars films before and some new additions.
There is a lot of locations and worlds that need to be explored and conquered in this game, as well as a lot of battles from the films you can reconstruct and fight out yourself.
As in most strategy games you have to develop technology, which there is quite a lot to do, to increase the size of your army and get to the better more powerfully units, you can also call main characters to help depending on your side and the mission.
The game itself is pretty hard to control to begin with, but you soon get used to them and the camera angles can sometimes be annoying but the graphics are very good with some good cut scenes and good detail.
The multiplayer adds a lot more to the game where you can fight battles against your friends, you can even fight against your friends playing the same side, you can play full space battles or just land battles depending on how you want to play, you can select domination or carry on fighting till you have completely wiped out the enemy.
Value for Money
With all the options available to play and pretty good multiplayer this games is well worth buying as you can play the game again and again and the single player story campaign is pretty long and fairly hard to complete.
The game has also been heavily modded by fans so there is plenty of downloads available to add to the game.