Star Wars: Empire at War demo

Star Wars: Empire at War demo

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 81 votes

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  • Total Downloads:
    1,081,464
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 18, 2006
  • Price:
    Free to try (Limited gameplay); $49.99 to buy

Editors' Review

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Building off the success of its recent first-person shooters, LucasArts hopes to further Star Wars' video-game influence with this ambitious real-time-strategy game. This official demo shows off deep gameplay, polished graphics, and classic Star Wars characters we've loved through the years. A well-designed, five-part tutorial teaches the basics of controlling both the Rebel and Imperial units, and the available single-player mission lets you control the Rebel Alliance in an assault on an Imperial space station and a raid on the planet Tatooine.

Basic gameplay will be familiar to many RTS gamers (for example, right-click to attack), but even at a fundamental level you can see the differences between playing as Rebels or the Empire. For example, whereas the Empire gains resources only by planet domination, Rebels can increase their resources (in the form of "credits") by employing smugglers (such as Han Solo), who can then be thwarted by Imperial bounty hunters.

Battles are mostly divided into space and ground melees, with a wide variety of specialized units available for both. Valuable reinforcement areas provide the bulk of the ground strategy, while space battles are a mixture of managing bombers and positioning the bigger gunships. All units in space and on land have a specialized ability or attack, such as thermonuclear bombs (speeders) or ion cannons (Y-Wings). Space units and ground units can sometimes assist each other, the most basic ability being troops calling in bombing runs. The in-game control bar is laid out logically, and all the special space and ground moves have logical keyboard shortcuts. R2D2's holographic projections of mission updates are another nice touch.

Prequel detractors, have no fear! The game is set in the years immediately before the original Star Wars movie (Episode IV: A New Hope), and it's a very familiar environment for fans of the original trilogy. The included mission won't provide countless hours of entertainment, but the valuable tutorial, quality graphics, excellent interface, and sheer fun of directing Tiefighter attacks help the demo easily earn a top rating.

 
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  • Current Version

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    out of 81 votes

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    • 4 star 14
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    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 5
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3 stars

"Verry good if you like tactics"

February 10, 2011  |  By smillie1

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Pros

Great game graphics and demo!

Cons

Not star wars battlefront! Its just comanding squads!

Summary

I have the full version and it is awesome! I also have empire at war forces corupt! also good! great multiplayer in both! I actiully have the gold pack with screen savers and stuff!

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1 stars

"Don't buy the full game without reading my review."

June 30, 2008  |  By Joan1.0

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Pros

Fun at first.

Cons

Demo takes forever to download, you can't really do much, if you buy the game you not only quickly find out how boring the game is, it screws up your computer. Me and my friends all have totally different computer models, being Star Wars fans we all bought it, and had to delete it within a month cause it was screwing our PCs up. These fan reviews are mostly from people who dont have the game yet. I know. I was reading these reviews before I got the demo, and bought the game. I thought it would be just as good as youre thinking it will be. If you like space battles buy Homeworld 2. These land battles suck majorly. It's really painful, as a Star Wars fan, to be assaulting Hoth with AT-ATs and full battalions of snowtroopers, and have fifteen rebels with blaster pistols and three with rocket launchers destroy your entire force. Ask someone reasonable who has had the game for a little while if it's fun. If they've had it for well over a week they will probably know how good it is. Sincerely sorry everybody for bursting your bubble.

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5 stars

"i will love it"

May 27, 2008  |  By assason

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Pros

i love this softwars

Cons

nothing

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4 stars

"good"

May 24, 2008  |  By Linhngadracula

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Pros

cool

Cons

cool

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5 stars

"its awesome"

April 05, 2008  |  By .-DEFENDER-.

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5 stars

"very challenging experience"

April 05, 2008  |  By bardots_white

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Pros

graphix

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5 stars

"it is so beautiful"

March 25, 2008  |  By akramalkhazraji

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Pros

great grafics

Cons

it is big size software

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4 stars

"Truly Star Wars"

November 28, 2006  |  By mauro_vos

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

+Extremely cool looking space battles with nebula, asteroids and moving planets (!).

-Somewhat borring though, after a while.

+Loads of mods to be downloaded.

+Map editor. -Doesn't work on my pc.

+Lots of maps can be uploaded from other players, created with the map editor. Units that 'auto-spawn' won't be counted in the pop cap, this should compensate the cap in space.

+Land battles are fun anyway.

+Darth Vader and Obi-Wan (and others).

+Galactic Conquest, just like in Battlefront.

+Very simple to create a new account, all you need is a nickname and a password.

+Star Wars fans MUST get this game.

Cons

+Map editor. -Doesn't work on my pc.

-Small scale land battles, so you won't exactly be able to reproduce the battle of Geonosis from episode II.

-Also because of the pretty low population cap. Annoying in space.

I thought my full game review could help you deciding about downloading the demo version.

-No Super Star destroyer or playable Death Star. (you need the expansion)

-Poor construction capabilities on both land and in space.

-Larger amounts of infantry woud make the game more realistic. (battalion of 9)

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5 stars

"Very fun, and quite a large demo"

October 30, 2006  |  By jouno53

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Pros

This demo besides being Star Wars (the best thing every) if very fun. You get to play 90% of the tutorials and 1 skirmish mission. I would highly reccomend this to anyone interested in buying this game.

Cons

The only thing I don't like is that the download speed was about 65kb/s instead of the usual 150.

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2 stars

"Fair, Not Great but fair."

October 22, 2006  |  By megarollman

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Pros

Realistic models of Star Wars ships and characters. Great cinematic mode.

Cons

In cinematic mode ships fly through each other and space stations. Random camera placement without user input.

VERY SLOW PLAY!! Limited troop and/or ship count available during battle. Extrememly small maps.

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This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.
General
Publisher LucasArts Entertainment
Publisher web site http://www.lucasarts.com/
Release Date January 18, 2006
Date Added January 18, 2006
Version
Category
Category Games
Subcategory Real-Time Strategy Games
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP, 1GHz CPU, 256MB RAM, 32MB video card with hardware T&L, DirectX 9.0c, 2.5GB disk space
Download Information
File Size 741.89MB
File Name empireatwardemo.exe
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Total Downloads 1,081,464
Downloads Last Week 47
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Limited gameplay
Price $49.99
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