If you're just looking for a strategy game to play by yourself, there are better choices out there. However, if you're even a casual Star Wars fan this is a must have. It's awesome to use the hero units on land and in space battles. The system of rock-paper-scisors and unit special abilities allow for several different sneaky tactics, while the brute force rush is still an option. It's not an empire building game, it's a fighting game. The tech tree is small, and the battles are supposed to be sudden and exciting, which I think they are.
Make sure you pay attention to the system requirements. EaW is really power hungry, and plays best on a higher-end machines (especially land battles).
All things considered, I would buy it again if I didn't already have it. I'm looking forward to an expansion and/or sequel.
Gary Swift (aka gswift)
Lenexa, Kansas USA
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