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#1 12 years ago

PC GAMER UK gives EMPIRE AT WAR FORCES of CORRUPTION... 58%

Talk About the left hand not knowing what the right is doing. Just a few weeks ago, Lego Star Wars II gleefully reaffirmed everything that was worth loving about George Lucas' irresistable fiction. Then this tired RTS Expansion Pack shows up, and cheerlessly reaffirms everything that's corporate and unisnspired about George Lucas' ungodly money fountain. Empire at War developers Petroglyph: give Lego Star Wars developers Travellers Tales a ring. Go out and get drunk together. Please. For the good of gaming, For the good of Star Wars.

So, what do I actually need to tell you here? It's new units, maps and special abilities for the polished but forgettable Star Wars RTS from earlier this year. Surprised? Of Course you're not. Its totally inconsequential if you're not a player of the game already, and barely more worthwhile if you are. The Singleplayer campaign wades through the muddied waters of the so-called Expanded Universe, incorporating storylines and characters otherwise only seen in spin-off novels and games. These are duly available in multiplayer too. Because we're in less charted territory, rather than seeing the Battle of Hoth played out enirely differently from the film, perversely, this offen feels more in keeping with Star Wars than the first game did. Empire at War's ridiculous TIE-Fighters on tank tracks don't look so garish when there's so much other non-canon stuff staggering about too.

Though you can now take ove the Galaxy with the help of racketeering and corruption rather than simply repetitive invasions, the process of doing this is remarkably similar, and so the game doesn't feel any different for it. It means a few extra tricks to deploy in Multiplayer, such sa bribing an enemy platoon to temporarily join your side, but really its nothing we've not seen before.

The Land Battles are still vapid sub-Command & Conquer drivel and the Space Battles are the same, only with the floor textures removed to try and pretend its ships are something more than land vehicles with different graphics. And I actually feel a little sick that it takes a full blown expansion pack to allow Empire Vs Empire and Rebel Vs Rebel play in multiplayer game.

Perhaps its just took this long to wait for Georgie-Boy to sign the reams of paperwork neccessary to permit two Darth Vaders to fight each other. The Extra Faction, the Consortium, is a newly fabricated collective of scum and villainry comprise of utterly generic spaceships and tanks, with the odd Z-list Bounty Hunter from the films thrown in as Hero Units. They do have one thing that raises a smile, though. Just the one. I'll simply say "Ewok Suicide Bombers" and leave the rest to your Imagination. If exploding furballs can't make this game worthwhile, nothing Can.

- Alec Meer

A LAZY, UNINSPIRED UPDATE

ITS : -SOULESS -UNIMAGINATIVE -BORING

ITS NOT: -DAWN OF WAR -TOTAL WAR -COMPANY OF HEROES

Looks like we all know who's on EA's Pay....


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Darth Turner

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#2 12 years ago

Is it just me or did that reveiw sound REALLY biased? And the comment about the Expanded universe just annoys the heck out of me. What, do they expect games to ONLY use stuff from the movies? if so star wars would have died out LONG ago. There would be nothing new. I agree that FOC isnt the best thing ever, but it aint as bad as their making it sound. And they were wrong to call the Tie Mauler Un canon. Someone needs to do some research on their topic before reveiwing it.




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#3 12 years ago

That review looks like some one who hates star wars! and then he compares it to Command and Conquer which is completely different (no space), that is probably one of the most biased reviews i've seen!




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#4 12 years ago

I think we have a trekkie reviewing FOC!




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#5 12 years ago

While some of it I agree on...I would love to play the Battle of Endor...he is KRAZY!! Saying the expanded universe isn't canon. The death penalty should be reinstated!

At least, that's my opinion.




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#6 12 years ago
Gorbeh;3373849While some of it I agree on...I would love to play the Battle of Endor...he is KRAZY!! Saying the expanded universe isn't canon. The death penalty should be reinstated! At least, that's my opinion.

:bows: EXACTLY! How can he call the campaign of Thrawn uncanon!? How can he call the new Republic uncanon?! HOW CAN HE CALL ANY OF THAT UNCANON!? BLASPHAMY! And :lol: to the one that said they were a Trekkie.




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#7 12 years ago
Gorbeh;3373849While some of it I agree on...I would love to play the Battle of Endor...he is KRAZY!! Saying the expanded universe isn't canon. The death penalty should be reinstated! At least, that's my opinion.

I AM the death penalty! Pick his death: :greenflame: :micro: :tommygun: :ak3: :aug: :daddy: :dpistols: :aug2: :redx: :abduct: :Python: :KTA: :spell: :banned: :donitz: :moodeath: Well, go on and choose already! I don't have all day.




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#8 12 years ago

I like the microwave one.




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#9 12 years ago

Now all I need is the legal right to do so. Unfortunately that won't happen.:mad:




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#10 12 years ago

:ditto: :mad:




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