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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 Lord Vader Force Crushes a turret as AT-STs engage.
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows Ion attacks disrupt the Star Destroyers' circuitry.
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows Controlling R2D2 and C3PO
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows Spaceship fight in the planet's orbit

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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 (19939)
THe Galaxy is mine! All mine!! Windows lucian (37)

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb 20, 2006 91 out of 100 91
Cheat Code Central Windows Feb 22, 2006 4.5 out of 5 90
GameDaily Windows Feb 16, 2006 4.5 out of 5 90
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Feb 20, 2006 87 out of 100 87
PC Gamer Windows Apr, 2006 85 out of 100 85
Game Informer Magazine Windows Mar, 2006 8.25 out of 10 82
GameStar (Germany) Windows Mar, 2006 81 out of 100 81
games xtreme Windows Apr 06, 2006 8 out of 10 80
GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies Windows Feb 15, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution Windows Feb 17, 2006 B- 67


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

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