Star Wars: Empire at War
There have been some great Star Wars games over the years and for me Star Wars: Empire at War is one of the most fun strategy games set in the Star Wars universe. Originally released all the way back in 2006, Star Wars: Empire at War is actually back up on Steam and best of all the version on there comes with the expansion pack.
Defeat The Rebel Scum!
The setting for Star Wars: Empire at War is the period between Episode III and Episode IV. So the battle between the Rebels and the Empire is in full swing. There are actually two campaigns for you to play through. The Rebel campaign features you have to try and attack the shipyards on Kuat to put a stop to the creation of star destroyers, you try to liberate Kashyyyk and it also has the battle of Yavin.
The Empire campaign is about Darth Vader and his quest to destroy the Rebels once and for all. This involves building the Death Star and finding the traitor who stole the Death Star plans. It is pretty cool stuff and if you are a Star Wars fan I am sure you will get a kick out of it. The story basically leads right up to the events of a New Hope.
Use The Force
The gameplay of Star Wars: Empire at War is pretty basic in terms of an RTS game, but it is still a lot of fun. They are not trying anything too fancy here, but I actually think that works in the game's favor. You have both space and land battles. Space battles are fought using ships and space stations. Land battles are fought using troops and vehicles. You have to do a lot of resource management and be careful about what you spend your resources on. One thing that is cool is that controlling certain planets cannot just give you more resources to play with, but have bonuses as well. For example, if you are playing as the Empire and you take control of Kuat you can get your Star Destroyers for much cheaper. While space battles are fun, I actually preferred the land ones. These really do feel like you are in a Star Wars movie. From setting out the AT-AT to attack to making your troops try to take over a base it is very exciting stuff. As this is a Star Wars game it features iconic characters. These characters work as a special unit. For example characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader can use The Force. Speaking of Vader, he can actually be used in space battles and land battles.
More Modes Of Play
As well as the two campaigns, Star Wars: Empire at War has other game modes for you to enjoy. Galactic Conquest is a more open kind of campaign. This mode has different scenarios that you will need to complete. For example, you will either have to protect or try to destroy the Death Star. There is also a skirmish mode and this is your more traditional RTS mode. Here you have bases and you need to get various upgrades as you move forward to destroy the enemies bases, this is the easiest game mode and one that is better for a quick, jump in and play session.
I think that Star Wars: Empire at War holds up pretty well. It may be rather basic as far as an RTS game goes. But if you are a Star Wars fan I do feel that you will have a lot of fun here. The version that is on Steam is a great deal as you get the base game and also the Forces of Corruption expansion pack so it is well worth checking out.
- The campaign is really interesting
- Plenty of game modes to enjoy
- You get to use characters from the movies
- Has land and space battles
- It is quite easy to get into
- Not the most complicated RTS game
- Graphics are not the best