Star Wars
Empire at War

Format: PC

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Age Restrictions: 12+
17 February 2006

From the lives of soldiers to the deaths of planets, you are the supreme galactic commander. It is a time of galactic civil war. Take up the reigns of the Rebellion or assume control of the Empire. Whichever you choose, it will be up to you to steer your side to ultimate victory. Command everything from individual troops to starships and even the mighty Death Star as you execute campaigns on the ground, in space and across the galaxy. Forget tedious resource gathering - just jump straight into the heart of the action. You can even change
Star Wars history. Every decision affects your next battle and every battle helps shape the fate of the galaxy...

Empire at War is a real-time strategy (RTS) game that is based in the Star Wars universe. Set a few years before the events of Episode IV - A New Hope, this game lets players rewrite history as well as experience the aftermath of Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, the creation of the Rebel Alliance, and Darth Vader's rise to power.

Using a new game engine created by the Las Vegas-based developer Petroglyph, Star Wars: Empire at War features beautifully rendered land and space battles set on familiar planets such as Hoth, Tatooine and Dagobah as well as never-before-seen environments taken directly from the Star Wars films and expanded universe novels. You get the option to join either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire, building and setting up tactical forces that can be unleashed on the enemy in real-time 3D.

All of the gameplay and action within Empire at War has a knock on effect on how the reality in this universe unfolds. Strategic and tactical elements from previous events will have a permanent effect on the galaxy. As you build, manage and progress your space and ground-based units, troops and vehicles, memorable Star Wars hero characters begin playing a role in key situations.

It allows you to play out your own personal version of Episode IV: A New Hope. You can either play as the Rebels as they amass their forces and work to thwart the plans of the Empire, or serve the Empire and crush the Rebellion at its roots. The choice is yours whether to attempt to destroy the Death Star or use it as the ultimate power in the universe.

In addition to the single player campaign mode, the game includes a two-player Empire vs. Rebellion mode and up to eight player online skirmish modes. And if that wasn't enough for you, there's even a cinematic mode. Now you can view your progress as though seen through the eyes of a director. This won't come as much of a surprise, but LucasArts have used authentic sounds and graphics to create one stunning game.

If you are a die-hard Star Wars fan (the type that knows what "TK421" refers too), then you'll be in hogs heaven with Empire at War. In fact, you can't call yourself a real Star Wars fan until you own this.

Nick Smithson

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