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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996)

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You are the protector of Luke Skywalker.


Jon Knoles


George Lucas (story), Leigh Brackett (screenplay) | 6 more credits »





Cast overview:
Weena Mercatur Weena Mercatur ... The Hopping Woman (N64 version) (credit only)
Bob Bergen ... Luke Skywalker (PC version) (voice)
John Cygan ... Dash Rendar (PC version) (voice)
Lisa Fuson ... Leia Organa (PC version) / Guri (PC version) (voice)
Tom Kane ... Leebo (PC version) (voice)
Nick Tate ... Prince Xizor (PC version) / IG-88 (PC version) (voice)

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Set in between Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Shadows of the Empire centers around smuggler Dash Rendar as he fights to save Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia from the clutches of the Galactic Empire. From the Battle of Hoth to the desolate deserts of Tatooine, Shadows of the Empire follows Dash Rendar and his fight to save the Rebels from the desolate hands of the Empire. Written by Johnny

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Jon Knoles wanted to take a break from developing Star Wars games, so he first envisioned Shadows of the Empire as a western. The team had already started experimenting with some early 3D concepts, until Nintendo approached LucasArts about a Star Wars games for their upcoming Nintendo 64 platform. See more »

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Tim Schafer is credited as: "Never Actively Tried to Sabotage the Project Tim Schafer, The Racoon King" See more »

Alternate Versions

The N64 and PC version differ greatly. The PC version has sharper and smoother gameplay graphics (using a 3D card) than the N64 version. The PC version and N64 version have slightly different cutscenes, that being the PC version has full-motion cinematic cutscenes with sound effects and voices, while the N64 version just has drawn sketches with text at the bottom of the screen. Plus, during gameplay, where in the N64 version you had to read what the characters were saying to you, the PC version has voices. See more »


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Excerpt from 'Departure of Boba Fett'
(from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980))
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User Reviews

As Star Wars games go, this one proves to be the most ambitious with its genre-mixing.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire is probably the most ambitious and overly-stretched game of the franchise in terms of gameplay styles, but it actually adds to the sense of gaming variety; at least its non-conventionality worked in favor of it as opposed to something like Superman 64 did (which was the opposite of innovative or well-done), and Nintendo was still testing the waters of 3D video-gaming in general. So historically speaking, Shadows of the Empire was probably too far ahead of its time and not meant for the right system technically speaking (the N64 cartridges could only manage mere 12MBs) but kudos to Lucasfilm for pushing the boundaries of a young technology and medium in 1996.

Shadows gets 4/5 stars.

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20 December 1996 (USA) See more »

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