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- Star Wars Empire At War Gold Pack
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Star Wars: Empire at War puts the power to mand an entire war for the Star Wars galaxy in the hands of players giving them the freedom to determine how they play the game within the pletely scalable and accessible gameplay. Set a few years before the events of Episode IV A New Hope LucasArts new PC game lets players wage war on ground and in space as well as experience the creation of the Rebel Alliance the strengthening of the Empire and the beginnings of the Galactic Civil War.Using an entirely new game engine created by the Las Vegas-based developer Petroglyph Empire at War features beautifully rendered land and space battles set on memorable plas such as Yavin IV Tatooine and Dagobah as well as never-before-seen environments taken directly from the Star Wars films and expanded universe novels. In the game players choose to join either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire building and setting up tactical forces to unleash upon the enemy in real-time 3D. Memorable Star Wars hero characters can be brought into the action to help turn the tide of the battle as players build manage and upgrade their space and ground-based units vehicles troops and base structures.All of the gameplay and action within Empire at War is persistent meaning that strategic and tactical elements from previous events will have a permanent effect on the galaxy. In addition to the single-player campaign mode the game includes a two-player campaign mode and online skirmish modes for up to eight players.Product Features: Wage war on ground and in space battle it out in space and then send down your remaining forces to invade the pla.All action is persistent every decision affects the next battle and ultimately the fate of the galaxy. Play out your own personal version of Episode IV: A New Hope.Real-time strategy (RTS) 3D gameplay set in more than 40 ground and space locations including Yavin IV Tatooine and Dagobah - each has its own specific advantage and/or resource.Construct gr
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This game does get a bit repetitive after a while. That is a valid criticism, but most Command and Conquer style games are like that. That is simply the nature of the beast. I think most people who are fans of this style game are used to that.
As with many Star Wars games, you can choose whether you want to be Empire or Rebel alliance. So, it is sort of a choose your own adventure in that way. I liked that. i found the missions and story lines are different, depending on which side you choose. I found that interesting as well.
Overall I liked it. The game is a few years old, so it does not have cutting edge graphics anymore. Personally, I think that is fine. Games from this vintage are still a lot of fun.
My one major criticism of the game is that it will not recognize my USB gamepad, regardless of whatever I try. I hate having to play games like this solely on keyboard/mouse. I hear there are a few patches and external programs that can get your gamepad to work, but I never could jury rig it. It is still enjoyable, but I found that annoying.
Overall, I give the game 4 stars out of 5. It has a few quirks, but it is a good overall Star Wars game, provided you like Command and Conquer style strategy games.
Rebellion had an excellent resource management system, and an overall excellent game balance. The only thing it needed was a graphics update, and nothing more. But this game tries to go several steps beyond that offering tactical situations fr the ground forces, which, to me at least, don't quite work as they seem a little cartoonish, or almost like extensions of other games on the market (The Age of Empires series as an example).
There is an element of Bungie's "Myth" series (another excellent series of games that are now somewhat long in the tooth), and I think again here Star Wars Empire at War sufferes for it by trying to emulate other succesful games instead of sticking with its tried and true forms. Example; the Dark Forces series, even though the first one was a bit of a DOOM clone, was story driven. And the story and game were ramped up to a 3D realm in DF2 Jedi Knight, a most excellent game that pushed the envelope for players, and delivered with larger maps and a much better story in spite of some of the tradeoffs in graphics.
Empire at War tries to have the cake and eat it too, I think. It's an excellent effort, but I found myself putting it down, and I wasn't sure.why. I think it's because Star Wars, for me at least, is a personal experience. When I played Star Wars Rebellion I felt a connection with my forces as I ordered C3PO and R2 to deploy my forces and address issues around the galaxy. I didn't get that connection with Empire at War. Then again I am an older guy, so it could be a maturity thing as well.
If you're a die hard SW fan, then give it a shot.