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Why Star Wars: Empire At War Is Still Worth Playing In 2020 | The Best Star Wars Video Games Ever #4

Check out the next entry in our series, where we take a look at the best Star Wars video games ever!


Welcome to the next episode in our series where we take a look at the best Star Wars video games ever. This time we look at Star Wars: Empire At War, the undisputed best Star Wars RTS ever.

Find out why this game remains popular to this day, and why it’s a must play for fans of Legends Canon lore!

Read our rundown of the best Star Wars video games ever!

Transcript

Hey how’s it going guys! Welcome to the next installment in our rundown of the best Star Wars games ever. We run down a brand new game every week, and we’ve already covered the likes of Republic Commando, The Force Unleashed and The Phantom Menace. So if this sounds like something you’d be interested in then hit the subscribe and the notification bell for more videos like this. And don’t forget to tell us what your favourite Star Wars game is in the comments below.

As you can probably tell from this series so far, there’s a Star Wars game for every genre, and real time strategy is no exception. Star Wars: Empire at War, allows you to take control of the forces of the Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire or if you have the Forces of Corruption expansion, the criminal Zann Consortium.

Although Empire at War doesn’t revolutionise the formula set out by more established RTS series, it does a solid job of offering a deep, comprehensive experience that’s easy to lose hours to. You can choose between 3 game modes: Skirmish (which are one-off battles), Galactic Conquest (which is the sandbox campaign) and the main story campaign. This main campaign sees you control either side of the Galactic Civil War during the time preceding the Battle of Yavin. As a fledgling Rebellion, you liberate systems and discover clues regarding the existence of the Death Star. If the Dark Side is more your thing, you can control the Empire on a mission to thwart the Rebel Alliance and consolidate the power of your spherical super weapon.

With battles taking place on both land and in outer space, throughout an expansive galaxy, there’s a level of variety that’s seldom seen in Star Wars games; so if you’re a sucker for Legends Canon lore like I am, you’re in luck. Want to control Mara Jade? You’ve got it! Ever wondered what the surface of Sullust – homeworld of Nien Nunb looks like? Now you can! 

And not only is there a huge amount of content at your fingertips, it’s all really well balanced too, despite the Rebellion and Imperial forces having contrasting play styles. As the affluent Empire, you’ll earn money and resources much faster, however as the Rebellion you can steal technology and money right from under the noses of your enemy. This adds a welcome roleplaying element to the strategic foundation of the game. 

But in terms of pure fan service, one of the most memorable features of Empire at War is its cinematic camera view. Similar to the cinematic modes of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption II, the game will swap between camera angles to augment the action taking place on screen, making it feel like you’re directing your own Star Wars story. Best of all, the game is programmed so that any time the camera switches to follow a Star Destroyer, it recreates the opening to A New Hope, with it looming forward overhead – absolute genius.

And that’s a wrap on this edition of the best Star Wars video games ever. Do you have fond memories of Empire at War? Please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read them. In the meantime, if you enjoyed this video, please hit subscribe as there’ll be plenty more all about the best Star Wars games coming very soon. 

My name has been Tom, and may the force be with you!


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<strong>Tom Baker</strong>
Tom Baker

I like Star Wars, heavy metal and BBQ Pringles.

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