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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 Victory message after a successful Rebel mission.
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows Ewoks take a reinforcement point.
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows Y-wings bomb Imperial armor.
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows The Build screen.  Planets can support varying amounts of buildings.

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Star Wars: Empire at War Logo

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. vulture (14) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
The Force isn't with this one... Indra is stressed (19939) 2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars
THe Galaxy is mine! All mine!! lucian (37) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Feb 20, 2006 91 out of 100 91
Computer Games Magazine Feb 26, 2006 A- 91
IC-Games Feb 17, 2006 90 out of 100 90
ActionTrip Feb 24, 2006 84 out of 100 84
GamesFire Feb 28, 2006 84 out of 100 84
Playback May, 2006 8.33 out of 10 83
games xtreme Apr 06, 2006 8 out of 10 80
The A.V. Club Feb 28, 2006 B 75
Joystick (French) Mar, 2006 7 out of 10 70 Feb 17, 2006 14 out of 20 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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Terrence Bosky (5221) added Star Wars: Empire at War (Windows) on Feb 18, 2006
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