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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

Release date:
September 17, 1997

Published by:

Third-person shooter / Vehicular combat

Single Player / Multi Player
(Same screen + Split screen + Online)

Star Wars Saga Timeline:
3 ABY - 3.5 ABY


Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire stars a cocky pilot named Dash Rendar (whose best friend is Han Solo) as he fights alongside the Rebels during the attack on Hoth. Throughout the game's ten stages, the player will alternate between on-foot missions and vehicle shooting sequences.

The first level involves piloting a Snowspeeder as AT-ATs, AT-STs, and Probe Droids scour the frigid planet looking to crush the Rebel Alliance. The goal is to take out the opposition in four separate waves. Succeed and the game switches the viewpoint to behind Dash Rendar, as you guide the protagonist past the icy caverns inside Echo Base to find the Outrider (his ship). Snowtroopers, Wampas, and even an AT-ST boss must be dealt with before Rendar can escape.

The next phase, entitled "Asteroid Chase," involves shooting down TIE Fighters from a default view of inside the Outrider's cockpit, all while trying to avoid asteroids. Eliminate 60 TIE Fighters and 20 TIE Bombers to advance to the next stage, the junkyard in Ord Mantell, to question the notorious IG-88 on the whereabouts of Boba Fett.

This level has Rendar running atop a moving train as players jump or duck to avoid hitting barriers. Survive the encounter with IG-88 and you're once again on foot, trying to find Boba Fett in the desert-like Gall Spaceport. As you make your way through the twisting canyons and narrow ledges, you'll need to look for the hidden jetpack so you can take on the deadly bounty hunter through the air.

Subsequent levels have Rendar riding a Swoop Bike through the streets of Mos Eisley and Beggar's Canyon while fending off rival bikers; climbing aboard the Imperial Freighter Suprosa to obtain secret plans for the new Death Star; trudging through the foul sewers below the Imperial City to infiltrate Prince Xizor's palace; and blasting off into space to attack Xizor's Skyhook Station.

While Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire certainly draws upon elements from previous Star Wars games, it leans toward the style of play found in the Star Wars: Rebel Assault titles. Instead of confining the player to one genre, the game offers an assortment of experiences, including point-and-click shooting missions, flying stages and third-person action behind the character of Dash Rendar. The flying sequence in the opening level would serve as the inspiration for 1998's Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.

Game Codes & Cheats

Control an AT-ST walker:
While playing the first level (Battle of Hoth), press and hold 4 + 6 + 8 on the number pad. Hold them for about 5 seconds then cycle thru the veiw modes with TAB until you get the AT-ST.

Access to all levels:
Enter your pilot's name as "
R Testers ROCK" (case sensitive and do not enter the quotations). You should have access to all of the levels.

View Credits and Ending Cutscene:
Enter your pilots name as "
Credits". (Case sensitive, do not actually include quotations.) Note that there is a space before the name. Once you have created the pilot, select the first level, and the final cutscene and credits will show.



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