Jump to content
xisto Community
Sign in to follow this  

Star Wars : Empire At War

Recommended Posts

Wow!! new favoring movie game is coming. Star Wars : Empire at War. Real-time strategy games continue to challenge players to come up with the best way to combine quick reflexes and good planning to create huge armies that will crush their enemies. That's right--Darth Vader and his evil Imperial forces will clash with the puny Rebel Alliance in Star Wars: Empire at War, the upcoming strategy game from LucasArts and Petroglyph, the latter being a studio composed of some of the most experienced strategy-game developers in the business. We managed to get our hands on the game--and even though Empire at War seems to offer huge depth in the form of a huge, persistent galaxy and battles that can take place on the ground or in space, we took to the game quickly and were able to start quickly and easily, crushing our enemies on land and in space.

Empire at War will offer three primary play modes: a single-player, story-based campaign mode that will unlock various sectors of the galaxy as you complete certain missions; a persistent-universe "galactic conquest" mode that can be played either alone or in head-to-head multiplayer for two players; and the quick-and-dirty skirmish multiplayer, which is focused entirely on combat. In skirmish, you and your buddies can choose the map type (space, land, or objective-based land maps in which you can win only by capturing reinforcement points--more on that later) and limit a specific amount of funds you can use to purchase armies, then go at it. This mode will support up to eight players on two teams, and will even let you swap in some computer-controlled players to even things out.

You'll also use the galactic map to commission major new buildings and military units, and to receive missions from your superiors (Mon Mothma if you're playing as the Rebels, Grand Moff Tarkin if you're playing as the Empire). Each planet will have a different indigenous population, different terrain, and different weather. The population of a planet, once you've taken control of it, can be put to work for your cause (and even used as cannon fodder in battles), while terrain and weather will actually affect the performance of your units (some units will struggle with hilly terrain, and ballistic weapons will suffer in accuracy in stormy weather, for instance).

Empire at War takes place between the two motion picture trilogies; that is, after Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and before Episode IV: A New Hope, so the evil Sith lord Darth Vader has just come into his own, while some farm boy named Luke is just starting to grow up on a desert planet. Still, this time frame has given the development team plenty of opportunities to draw upon classic Star Wars lore, characters, and vehicles. Among the hero characters, for instance, you can expect to see Darth Vader, the bounty hunter Boba Fett, Imperial officers Piett and Veers, and Emperor Palpatine; on the Rebel side, you can expect to see Han Solo and Chewbacca (who are treated as one powerful character, even though each has individual abilities), and a promising young Mon Calamari officer named Ackbar (who is destined to warn his Rebel allies of a certain trap in a certain future space battle).

Darth Vader can use his "force crush" ability to ravage enemy buildings and ships and his "force shockwave" ability to devastate infantry units; but in space, he'll be surrounded by wingmen TIE fighters who will soak up all incoming fire, making Vader impervious to damage until his squadron can be defeated. Boba Fett will have his customary jetpack on the ground that will let him fly over impassable terrain, capture territory, and act as a powerful scout, though in space, he'll have his Slave-1 ship, which can drop powerful seismic charges that deal damage to all nearby enemies.

you can expect to see many of your favorite Star Wars units and vehicles, as well as some new designs that are suggestive of the kind of technology that each side will use at this particular time frame between the movies. Interestingly enough, all units will also have at least one individual special ability that can be used on a countdown timer, just like heroes' abilities. We had a chance to try out the Imperial forces both on the ground and in the air. Now that we've played as the Imperials, we can say that this side is very, very powerful--according to the development team, you're really supposed to feel like you're in control of a massive and powerful army that can crush unprepared foes.

the shield generator was no longer around to defend the Rebel base, and we were able to claim victory (and we even had an opportunity to watch Darth Vader choke a petty officer to death with his mind in the following cinematic scene). While this mission was a snap to play through, the game will also have other options to help you customize your experience further--in the single-player game, you can pause, slow down, or speed up time to better take in the action. In both single- and multiplayer, you can switch your view to a cinematic camera that swoops in and focuses on a battle's biggest scenes in a zoomed-in view. And in both single- and multiplayer, at any time, you'll have the option to auto-resolve a battle (which will calculate the result of a battle based on the relative strength of your units). Because you're trying to deal as much damage to your enemies while preserving as much of your own army as possible, this option isn't recommended unless you vastly outnumber the enemy and wish to clean them up quickly. You'll also always have the option to strategically retreat your forces--which isn't always a complete defeat, because you may find yourself up against tougher odds than you can handle. In these cases, you'll at least be saving your armies (instead of wasting them on the battlefield and having to spend more credits to raise another army--and having to rely on conquering more planets to get more funds to raise that army).

Fun? Yes, I think so, you can see in the official site here.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

"Fun? Yes, I think so, you can see in the official site here."well if we can see it in the site ..why write boring details in the post...oh wait u get credit for writing long useless details..dont mind me saying..i am pissed on the fact taht i dont find interesting posts to reply to any more

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Guidelines | We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.