Star Wars - Shadows of the Empire (N64) Reviews
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Newest Review: ... puzzles, the 'fog' that often plagues N64 titles does affect the gameplay somewhat in the later levels, almost to the point ... more
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Customer Star Wars - Shadows of the Empire (N64) Reviews (10)
by - written on 04/04/07 (Very useful, 159 readings)
The Star Wars franchise and videogames are a frustrating combination. While George Lucas’ tale of a Galaxy Far, Far Away has inspired some thoroughly fantastic videogames, for every Knights of the Old Republic there seems to be at least 3 Rebel Assaults. Likewise, what has become known as the ‘expanded universe’ of Star Wars, the many books, comics and side-stories licensed by Lucasfilm but not considered canon is notoriously hit and miss in terms of quality. Shadows Of The Empire is a bit of an oddity, in that while technically an expanded universe property, was actually instigated by Lucas himself. Shadows is actually not 1, but 3 separate projects, all ... Read the complete review
by - written on 14/01/11 (Very useful, 5 readings)
Surely I can't be the only one who thinks that this title is better than a 3 Star rating? Released in the late 90s on PC and N64, this game was mass promoted by Lucasarts as though it were a movie title. The game puts you in the shoes of smuggler Dash Rendar as he helps the Star Wars cast stop Black Sun head Prince Xizor from having Skywalker killed. The graphics are a rather mixed bag which can be blamed somewhat on the reduced pallet of the N64. While the levels are well designed for the most part and there are some intriguing puzzles, the 'fog' that often plagues N64 titles does affect the gameplay somewhat in the later levels, almost to the point of ... Read the complete review
by - written on 24/08/10, updated on 17/10/10 (Very useful, 10 readings)
One of the first releases on the Nintendo 64 was Shadows of The Empire. A Star Wars game set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. I think the first kick in the nuts for Star Wars fans was that you didn't play as any of the major characters. Instead the player took control of a man called Dash Rendar (who?), apparently a smuggler delivering supplies to the Rebel Alliance. Seeing as the game was still Star Wars many gamers dived in to try it. The game starts on Hoff, the snow battle, and the immense joy of taking down ATAT walkers is amazing. Flying over the blocky landscape of the early 64bit era, seeing the distance emerge as you flew ... Read the complete review
by - written on 15/08/08 (Very useful, 40 readings)
The N64 game of 'Shadows of the Empire' - a multimedia project where the story takes place between 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi' - is a mix of genres, with the player assuming the role of Dash Rendar. The opening snowspeeder level was seen to be a highlight of the game - to be able to trip an AT-AT with a harpoon and tow cable was like a dream come true for the Star Wars fan. To their disappointment, there was only one other stage of similar style, but the makers must have took note of this - two games of the type would be released ('Rogue Squadron' and 'Battle For Naboo'). I hated the stage where Dash had to ride the Swoop ... Read the complete review
by - written on 07/09/00, updated on 07/09/00 (Very useful, 48 readings)
This game is worth renting, once. The only decent part is the second level's battle of Hoth, where you pilot a ship and take out AT-ATs and other flying meanies. The rest of the game gets its genres confused, with the third-person platfrom type levels often horribly irritating, and rarely rewarding. The second level really is worth the bother, though - I played it over and over again, and even rented the game again for the same purposes. A precursor to Rogue Squadrom, it seems, this level is the only one with gameplay to match the excellent presentation of the game. ... Read the complete review
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