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Thursday, May 24, 2007

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

Applelinks 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. Applelinks gave the game a score of 4 out of 5.

From the review:

The game leans quite heavily toward the strategy/planning side, perhaps to a fault (this is Star Wars, after all, and Star Wars fans generally just want to engage in epic battles), but the fight sequences are very cool. The audio is fantastic, almost on par with the Star Wars movies (they really did have the best laser sounds), but it's the graphics that make this game stand out. Using a new game engine created by Petroglyph (requiring an Intel processor, so take note of that), both the land and space battles are something to behold. They don't necessarily look real, but cool. There's a certain style to them that helps to separate this RTS from all the others out there that look basically the same, even if they don't play the same.

There's also a good variety of missions to help keep the game interesting, as long as you don't look too deep. When you're launching invasions of multiple planets and using such a wide variety of spaceships, you have to count on some diversity. However, most of the variety comes in the form of eye candy and equipment, and a careful look will reveal that the battles do play out kind of the same way. Covering this a bit is the aforementioned option to play both the Rebel Alliance or the Empire. Oh, and of course, the developers decided to include the "hero" characters that are so popular in RTS games these days. It'll be more popular here, as the heroes include Darth Vader, R2-D2, and the beloved Wedge Antilles.
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