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Star Wars Empire at War RTS?
« on: May 02, 2014, 04:03:48 AM »
With all the star wars stuff on sale over at steam, this game has always peaked my interest.....I do struggle with fast paced RTS games....any opinions on it, especially since only $6 for the gold pack?  Fun to play?  Easy to learn?  Decent replayability?  Has the Star Wars feel?

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Re: Star Wars Empire at War RTS?
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2014, 04:49:06 AM »
The RTS part is very RTS.  I didn't like that part much, but the campaign layer was kinda fun.  It's real-time too but maybe not as C&C-ish.

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Re: Star Wars Empire at War RTS?
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2014, 05:05:04 AM »
I'd go for it....it's fun for a while with a decent story. Not the game i am still expecting (4x) but ok.

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Re: Star Wars Empire at War RTS?
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2014, 05:05:38 AM »
I enjoyed it overall. The space battles boil down to a click-fest, but they looked pretty good even though it's on a 2D plain and it was still always great to be commanding star destroyers. The ground battles could be cool, but I found them to get tedious after awhile so I would usually auto resolve them. I enjoyed just recruiting troops, building ships and sending them off to new systems to conquer.

It's definitely worth a purchase at the discounted price.
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Re: Star Wars Empire at War RTS?
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2014, 06:19:22 AM »
I liked it too...if you're a Star Wars fan it's a no brainer. Loved the campaign map too.
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Re: Star Wars Empire at War RTS?
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2014, 06:25:48 AM »
There are also some pretty Impressive mods out for it too.
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2014, 06:38:22 AM »
Oh yeah? That I did not know...played this unmodded.
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2014, 06:43:29 AM »
Hmm, the Star Wars Collection has 18 games including this one and is only $33.
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2014, 07:16:17 AM »
Oh yeah? That I did not know...played this unmodded.

Thrawn's Revenge is one of the best mods.

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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2014, 07:19:03 AM »
There's a lot of game in that bundle for $33. The only real dud is probably Republic Heroes. I haven't played it, but I recall it being universally panned.
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Re: Star Wars Empire at War RTS?
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2014, 07:32:19 AM »
Oh yeah? That I did not know...played this unmodded.

Thrawn's Revenge is one of the best mods.

http://www.desura.com/mods/thrawns-revenge


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Re: Star Wars Empire at War RTS?
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2014, 07:54:13 AM »
I never did get far enough in it to play a 'real' space battle (tutorial ones don't quite count), but the ground battles are VERY VERY RTSISH. Except without the base-building exactly. (Bases are handled more like the modular method of the first Battle for Middle-Earth game.) Maybe there are mods to slow the pace down a bit, but I wouldn't recommend it to someone who has trouble with fast-paced RTS games.

In its defense, despite (or because of?) a lack of many 'sides' or factions, I found the ground game to be painfully well balanced without the Empire and Rebellion simply being carbon-copies of each other. I once played a ground battle against a friend for several hours, neither side gaining or losing much, and not from lack of trying -- it was a constantly frantic several hours. I can't remember if one of us even won that, or we finally quit to play something else. But we never, ever went back to it: the experience left a bad mental taste, despite the high quality of it. It's hard to describe.

I did go back later and try the single-player Empire campaign, but once I got past the initial tutorial missions, the first 'real' ground mission left me in the same struggling for hours on a map that wasn't all that big and getting nowhere. I don't suck at RTSs (well, I might now, though I can still play and beat Dawn of War 1 battles), but either I simply could not for the life of me understand what the hell I ought to be doing to make progress within that game engine, or the game was adjusting on the fly to keep the difficulty finely balanced. I dunno. I've never gone back.

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Re: Star Wars Empire at War RTS?
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2014, 09:31:42 AM »
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Re: Star Wars Empire at War RTS?
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2014, 11:04:34 AM »
Thanks everyone and appreciate all the good feedback.  The total pack has me interested but the question I have is how many of these old games will actually work on windows 8.1

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Re: Star Wars Empire at War RTS?
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2014, 11:15:18 AM »
With all the star wars stuff on sale over at steam, this game has always peaked my interest.....I do struggle with fast paced RTS games....any opinions on it, especially since only $6 for the gold pack? 

Get it, especially if you're a Star Wars fan.  For $6, that's a no-brainer. 


Fun to play? 

Yes. 


Easy to learn? 

Yes. 


Decent replayability? 

In just the vanilla game, so-so.  With mods, yes. 


Has the Star Wars feel?

Hell yes! 

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