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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 The Build screen.  Planets can support varying amounts of buildings.
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows Ion attacks disrupt the Star Destroyers' circuitry.
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows An Imperial Fleet meets Pirate fighters
Star Wars: Empire at War Windows Help Han free the Wookiees.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Star Wars: L'Impero in Guerra" -- Italian title
  • "Star Wars: El Imperio en Guerra" -- Spanish title
  • "EaW" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Nice for a few days but boring on the long run. Windows vulture (17)
The Force isn't with this one... Windows Indra was here (20874)
THe Galaxy is mine! All mine!! Windows lucian (40)

Critic Reviews

GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Feb 20, 2006 87 out of 100 87
Game Informer Magazine Windows Mar, 2006 8.25 out of 10 82 Windows Feb 25, 2006 80 out of 100 80
Maximum PC Windows May 05, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Game Freaks 365 Windows 2006 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Windows Feb 23, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Apr 27, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Joystick (French) Windows Mar, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Mac Observer Macintosh Apr 29, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Apr, 2006 Unscored Unscored


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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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