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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.


Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows Pause menu
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows AT-ST
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows AT-ST
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows Oh, you can also do shooting!

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

PC Jeux Windows Sep, 1997 89 out of 100 89
PC Joker Windows Oct, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Power Play Windows Sep, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov, 1997 84 out of 100 84
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
GameSpot Windows Oct 09, 1997 5.8 out of 10 58
Game Revolution Nintendo 64 Jun 06, 2004 C+ 58
Game.EXE Windows Sep, 1997 50 out of 100 50


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Dash Rendar in the Nintendo 64 cutscenes looked more like a brown-haired, younger and rougher George Lucas with a rough shave instead of a beard. In the PC edition, he looks more like the original concept art for the character.

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