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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

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Set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire tells the story of Prince Xizor's quest to replace Darth Vader as the leader of the Sith, and wipe out the Rebels' chances of victory. The only man that can stop him is the interstellar bounty hunter Dash Rendar. The game is based on the novel of the same name, with locations including ice planet Hoth, Mos Eisley and the sewers of Imperial City, all in full 3D.

Levels each have very different objectives, ranging from piloting snowspeeders on Hoth and racing speeder bikes on Tatooine to shooting stormtroopers and droids on foot throughout the galaxy. Dash primarily uses a blaster with unlimited ammo, but can also find more powerful weapons with limited ammunition. Each level has optional "challenge points" that are hidden throughout the level, and finding all of them will unlock a cheat dependent on which difficulty setting the save file is on.


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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows Stage one begins
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows You can even ride a motor-floating-bike.
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Alternate Titles

  • "スター・ウォーズ 帝国の影" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Star Wars: Teikoku no Kage" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

A guilty pleasure Windows vedder (20534)
The little brother of the series, this game provides a quick blast Windows RussS (781)
Solid Star Wars action, and the game that spawned Rogue Squadron Nintendo 64 Shadowcaster (237)
The game now lives in shadows Nintendo 64 Sam Hardy (76)
The Force is strong with this one…for the first level. Nintendo 64 PCGamer77 (3008)
A long time ago in a store not so far away, this might have been worth it. Nintendo 64 Matt Neuteboom (941)
Enjoyable but flawed gaming experience Nintendo 64 Simoneer (30)
Great game that follows the novel Nintendo 64 darthsith19 (64)

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine Windows Sep, 1997 92 out of 100 92
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Power Play Windows Sep, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Gamesmania.de Windows 1997 80 out of 100 80
Electric Playground Nintendo 64 Jan 27, 1997 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct, 1997 79 out of 100 79
X64 Nintendo 64 Oct, 1997 78 out of 100 78
Video Games Nintendo 64 Jan, 1997 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Dec 04, 1996 7.1 out of 10 71
Entertainment Weekly Windows May 17, 1996 C- 42


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A revised edition of the N64 title (the major difference between the two versions being 3D cutscenes for the PC)

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