Star Wars Rebellion is a strategy game which takes place after episode 4. You can play either on the side of the empire or the rebellion. Whereas the rebels have a “fairly easy goal ;-)”, namely capturing the emperor and Darth Vader, and conquering Coruscant, the empire needs to capture president Mon Mothma and destroy the rebel headquarters (which unfortunately travels through the galaxy).
The galaxy consists of multiple systems with 10 planets each, which you have to conquer and defend. Each planet has a loyalty towards one of the two sides. The more loyal the planet, the smaller the troops necessary to keep peace. Once you control a planet, you can build wharfs, barracks, defensive structures and mines.
The characters are the second large aspect in the game. On the rebel side, you have the main characters Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia and Mon Mothma. On the empire's side, there are the emperor and Lord Vader. Main characters can recruit additional characters. All characters can, according to their qualifications, fulfil special missions, like for example diplomacy, technical research or kidnapping of other characters. You will meet many people known from the books, like for example Lando Calrissian, Wedge Antilles, Chewy and even Cmdr. Page. For the empire, you've got Bevel Lemsik and Admiral Dala (unfortunately, no Boba Fett, sorry Boba fans ;-P ).
In addition, there is the aspect of the force in the game. Characters can be sensitive to the force and those can be then trained by Lord Vader or Luke Skywalker to become a Jedi, which boosts their abilities quite a bit.
The technology tree open for discovery is big, but not excessively so. Both sides will have access to some really large battle cruisers at the end of development (e.g. the super star destroyer). The empire can of course also built a new death star. That one can do anything the old one could, like blowing up whole planets. Not too recommendable, as other planets' loyalty takes a strong hit. The rebels can also try to destroy the death star.
Space battles are quite sophisticated, because they take place in a three-dimensional cube. For larger ships, it is considered whether the guns are front or side mounted. There are turbo lasers and ion cannons as well as laser batteries for fighter defense, which however aren't mounted on all ships. So it may happen that your brand new star destroyer is taken apart by some X-Wing and Y-Wing squadrons, because those fighters are too fast for the turbo laser. Therefore, you should always take some Tie Fighters along for good measure.
In addition, certain events from the story have been incorporated. For example, Han will be captured by bounty hunters. Luke goes to Dagobah and is taught by Yoda. Luke learns from Vader that he is his father. Leia learns from Luke that she is his sister and also possesses the force etc.
Summing up, this is a game for many hours which really never gets boring.
Translated by Mr Creosote
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