PC Review - 'Star Wars Empire at War: Forces of Corruption'
12 March 2007
Summary: Star Wars Empire at War: Forces of Corruption presents a new, unique point of view of the Galactic Civil War as, for the first time ever, you play as an aspiring Underworld figure. Corruption runs through your veins and drives your desire to become the most notorious criminal leader since Jabba the Hutt.
Conclusion: The graphics are nothing much to speak of, but then this isn't really a game about graphics, this is funny strategy game, and for all of it's early broderbund feel, it is stable and it works. The sound is surprisingly good,with random music transmissions cutting in along with voices. So then, black hole bad, collapsing star bad, getting back on time good. I think we can manage that.
Conclusion: Forces of Corruption is an absolute must-have for fans of Empire At War, it adds great new features and fantastic new units. The people who screamed blue for the Executor and command of the Death Star II will be pleasantly soothed. Yes it has some flaws with its interface design, but the great core of the game outshines those even brighter with this expansion.
Excerpt: Developed by Petroglyph (ex-Westwood crew), Star Wars: Empire At War is a real-time strategy game which takes place in the period between the prequel and original trilogy of films which actually makes this an interesting blend of content from both sections of the Star Wars backstory. The two playable sides in the game are, of course, the Empire and the Rebellion.
Summary: Star Wars Empire at war is the latest in a long line of Star Wars based games, it hopes to breathe new life into the RTS space genre. Wolf joins the Rebel Alliance in an attempt to find out if it really is, the game we're looking for.
Excerpt: Empire at War is not the Star Wars brandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first stab into the RTS genre. In November of 2001, LucasArts released Galactic Battlegrounds, a Star Wars RTS utilizing the Age of Empires engine by Microsoft. The game got mixed reviews and now Lucas has taken the next step in RTS games, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve made their own engine from scratch.
Conclusion: The simple truth is that Star Wars: Empire at War has officially opened the PC gaming season of 2006. It's an enjoyable real-time strategy with all the nifty Star Wars ingredients for loyal fans of the popular space saga. Gamers who are out for classic real-time strategies, might be repelled by the overwhelming Star Wars lore and the relatively steep learning curve.
Pros: An engaging and complex real-time strategy, playing both as Empire and Rebellion, great audio;
Cons: Might be a tad overwhelming for beginners, interface issues, a few minor AI hitches, land battles could've looked prettier.