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Set loosely between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Star Wars: Empire at War is a strategy game spread over the Galactic Empire. Players command either the Imperial or Rebel forces and engage the enemy in space and on land, while boosting their own economies and building units and support buildings. In addition to classic Star Wars units and vehicles, Empire at War also includes heroes units. Players can control Darth Vader, Han Solo, and many other classic characters.

Space combat allows the player control over squads of smaller starcraft and larger capital ships. Enemy hardpoints can be targeted allowing players to knock out shield generators, flight hangers, and other ship systems. Land combat is unit and vehicle-based and relies on securing reinforcement points to land additional forces and using build points to construct defenses.

Empire at War offers several modes of game play. The Empire and the Rebellion each have their own story-based campaign, there are several freeform campaign options where players can adjust the settings and select the victory conditions. Empire at War also supports multiplayer options online.


Star Wars: Empire at War Windows Whatever it is, it doesn't like the way droids taste.
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows Turbolaser towers are keeping your X-Wing support at bay
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows An Imperial Fleet meets Pirate fighters
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows Shield Generators must be destroyed to infiltrate a base.

Alternate Titles

  • "Star Wars:L'impero in guerra" -- Italian title
  • "Star Wars: El Imperio en Guerra" -- Spanish title

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User Reviews

Nice for a few days but boring on the long run. Windows vulture (14)
The Force isn't with this one... Windows Indra is stressed (19945)
THe Galaxy is mine! All mine!! Windows lucian (37)

Critic Reviews

GameDaily Windows Feb 16, 2006 4.5 out of 5 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Feb, 2006 89 out of 100 89
PC Powerplay Windows Mar 01, 2006 87 out of 100 87
Game Informer Magazine Windows Mar, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
1UP Windows Feb 15, 2006 8 out of 10 80
games xtreme Windows Apr 06, 2006 8 out of 10 80
GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies Windows Feb 15, 2006 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Windows Feb 23, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
MacLife Macintosh Jun 25, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
NowGamer Macintosh Feb 20, 2007 4 out of 10 40


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Star Wars: Empire at War was named #10 "Game of the Year" by Computer Games Magazine (March 2007).

Related Web Sites

  • Empire at (This Lucas Fan Network site compiles news and reviews from across the web, acts as a meeting place for fans of the game, and has news about mods.)
  • Star Wars: Empire at War (The official site offers the latest news, faqs, and forums.)
  • The Fate of the Galaxies Hangs in the Balance (An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of Empire at War, with commentary being provided by Producer Michael Fetterman (March, 2007).)
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