Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Windows)

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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 Pause menu
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows You can use your jetpack.
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows Rear view
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Windows Cockpit view

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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A guilty pleasure vedder (20289) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
The little brother of the series, this game provides a quick blast RussS (781) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Jeux Sep, 1997 89 out of 100 89
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Power Play Sep, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 1997 84 out of 100 84
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Reset Nov, 1997 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 1997 79 out of 100 79
Génération 4 Oct, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
GameSpot Oct 09, 1997 5.8 out of 10 58
Entertainment Weekly May 17, 1996 C- 42

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Trivia

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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