Star Wars Rebellion
(released in some places as Star Wars Supremacy) is LucasArts latest
star trek and is a very sophisticated strategy game in which you may find
yourself hard pressed to keep up with all the planets, people, and resources
youre trying to balance.
Set in a time of upheaval
(what Star Wars tale isnt?), you find yourself living after the
first Death Star has been blown up, but before the Emperor has been destroyed.
Your job is to take command of either the Rebel or Imperial forces and
eliminate the "bad guys" (whichever side you dont choose
to lead!) by killing the leader and/or taking over the enemys home
Your minions can be
sent to take over unaligned systems, start revolutions on enemy systems,
open diplomatic relations, or just bombard the heck out of systems. Oh,
and you can also send in spies.
You can take total
control, or let C3PO help you manage your resources. We found it very
helpful to let the droid have his say, cause theres so much
to keep track of you can easily get lost.
Most of the familiar
Star Wars characters, settings, and technologies are at your fingertips,
and they all have their own parameters (for instance, some are better
diplomats than fighters, etc.)
We found the learning
curve for Rebellion to be a steep one and theres a thick
and intimidating manual to help you get over that curve. We never did
get over the curve, but figured if there were more hours in the day we
could have gotten caught up. Still, despite constantly being taken over
(in effect wiped from that galaxy far, far away), the game was an enjoyable
if frustrating experience.
Graphics and sound
are fine, and the space battles (you can either have the computer manage
them or take command yourself) are particularly interesting.
Rebellion is played
in a real-time environment, though you can also speed up the rather leisurely
default pace, and of course you can have multi-player games over a network,
via the Internet, or direct connection.
Keeping track of all
the information is made easier thanks to the very comprehensive Encyclopedia,
which has data on everything from characters to planets to spacecraft.
It also lets you know the relative strengths and weaknesses of the games
various aspects and components.
Rebellion is interesting,
fun, and you can bet youll lose a lot of time in front of your monitor.
We had expected a game more along the lines of Warcraft II or StarCraft,
but thats okay. And, while we prefer StarCraft, thats purely
a personal choice and not a commentary on the quality of this LucasArts
game. And, to be fair, it's a little like comparing apples to oranges.
A better analogy, perhaps, would be to compare Rebellion with Master of
Orion, in which case Rebellion has to get full marks for its execution.
In fact, you can always
bank on LucasArts to give you your moneys worth, and with Star Wars
Rebellion, theyve done it again.
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