Star Wars: Empire at War

Game review by Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
Star Wars: Empire at War Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 12+

Good but imperfect Star Wars RTS.

Windows 2006

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 15 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+
age 13+

Star wars: Empire at war is a looong but worthwhile game.

Star wars: empire at war is a much different game than usual, as it's a RTS(real time strategy) this time around. It requires a good amount of planning and strategy for battles. The violence is low, as in no blood or gore. Language is well, there is no bad language from what i know. The game itself can be very long, especially if you do galactic conquest. I had a galactic conquest game last a week before i was able to win. The space battles are intense and you can turn on a cinematic mode which jumps randomly following ships and giving it a movie like feel. The land battles however are for the most part ridiculously hard. The good part is, you can have the battle auto resolve, which fights the battle instantly and depending on some other variables let's you win or lose, but using the auto resolve will cause more casualties for your forces than if you fought it yourself. At first the game will be really complicated, but it teaches you all the things you need to know in a good way. I'd recommend the game for anyone who likes strategy type games and who like a long game also.

This title has:

Educational value

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: LucasArts
  • Release date: February 16, 2006
  • Genre: Real-Time Strategy (RTS)
  • ESRB rating: T for Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

Our Editors Recommend

  • Empire Earth 2 Poster Image

    Empire Earth 2

    Fun and even educational, but time-intensive.

    age 12+

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate