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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 Zoomed out view of a ground attack.
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows Turbolaser towers are keeping your X-Wing support at bay
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows The Death Star en route to Alderaan.
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows X-Wing fighters are heading toward the Imperial cruiser

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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 (20754)
THe Galaxy is mine! All mine!! Windows lucian (40)

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb 20, 2006 91 out of 100 91
GameDaily Windows Feb 16, 2006 4.5 out of 5 90
IC-Games Windows Feb 17, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Feb, 2006 89 out of 100 89
Game Informer Magazine Windows Mar, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
Macworld Macintosh Jul 27, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
1UP Windows Feb 15, 2006 8 out of 10 80
The A.V. Club Windows Feb 28, 2006 B 75
Joystick (French) Windows Mar, 2006 7 out of 10 70 Windows Apr 28, 2006 7 out of 10 70


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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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