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Thursday, May 3, 2007

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Star Wars: Empire At War Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Mac Observer has posted a new review of Star Wars: Empire at War, a strategy title which puts players in control of ground and space warfare in the Star Wars universe. Set during the time period of the original move trilogy, Empire at War lets players join the Empire or Rebellion in a struggle to conquer the galaxy. The Mac Observer gave the game a score of 3 out of 5.

Of course, a Star Wars game is nothing without its central characters. To this end, Petroglyph did a job that was second to none. The voice acting is second to none and there's a genuine, immersive feeling that comes from this. More to the point, it becomes incredibly fun and addictive to take a heroic character such as Darth Vader, Han Solo, Chewbacca or the Emperor down to a planet and use that hero's abilities to help conquer it (Chewbacca can easily commandeer enemy vehicles, the droids can repair units and the Emperor can both brainwash enemy units into fighting for him as well as fry dozens of Ewoks, Gungans and assorted other alien races at a go with lightning from his fingertips - complete with digital yowls of pain). It's this that keeps the game fun, albeit land and space battles can become somewhat repetitive if the battle isn't close...

While multiplayer gameplay is fun, this is essentially limited to LAN-based gaming, as entering the "Internet" mode shows a complete dearth of Mac clients to play against. Still, the game runs well against friends and it's worth investing a few hours to work to crush your opponents and dominate the galaxy. Like single player gameplay, the goal is to raid your opponent, whittle down their forces and try to back them into a corner. Not a bad thing, this would just be a better situation if licensing issues permitted combat against Windows-based opponents in the short term.

Check out the full review at the website listed below.

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