Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (N64)
|Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire|
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire is a Star Wars game that is set in the timeframe between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, with its storyline starting early in the former film, and wrapping up just as the latter film is about to get underway. It was produced as part of a larger "multimedia project" that would produce everything related to a Star Wars film except the film itself, which in retrospect was obviously a dry run for the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
The player controls Dash Rendar, an old friend of Han Solo's who signs on to do some work for the Rebel Alliance, and ends up taking Han's place in the ensemble after Han gets frozen in carbonite. Dash is then forced to go up against the evil Prince Xizor, a gangster working for the Empire. It's kind of obvious that LucasArts were still finding their feet when it came to working with true 3D, as the vehicular sections (apart from the notorious Speeder Bike segment) are generally very good, with the game's Battle of Hoth rendition being among the most fondly-remembered parts of any Star Wars game to date, but the on-foot sections are plodding and control awkwardly. Still, it's an overall decent and memorable game.
The soundtrack consists of a mix of John Williams's music from The Empire Strikes Back, and original music composed for the accompanying soundtrack CD by film and TV composer Joel McNeely. Williams' music needs no introduction of course, but McNeely's contributions do a very nice job of fitting in with the style of the existing music.
Where the game really stands out is in how the music is implemented. Instead of rearranging the compositions in the then-usual manner, Peter McConnell directly sampled Williams' and McNeely's orchestrated music and turned it into loops that the game plays back. While the quality does take a hit from the compression, and results in the music rip alone being bigger than most Super NES or Genesis games, it gives the music a fidelity that vastly outstrips most other console games from this era.
|01||Star Wars Theme||John Williams||Peter McConnell||0:49||Download|
|02||Shadows of the Empire||Joel McNeely||Peter McConnell||1:14||Download|
|03||Game Start||John Williams||Peter McConnell||0:05||Download|
|04||Battle of Hoth||John Williams||Peter McConnell||2:26||Download|
|05||Rebel Base||John Williams||Peter McConnell||1:40||Download|
|06||Boss Battle||John Williams||Peter McConnell||1:26||Download|
|07||Asteroid Field||John Williams||Peter McConnell||3:00||Download|
|08||Junkyard||John Williams||Peter McConnell||2:08||Download|
|09||Space Port||John Williams||Peter McConnell||1:27||Download|
|10||Beggar's Canyon Chase||Joel McNeely||Peter McConnell||1:54||Download|
|11||Into The Sewers||Joel McNeely||Peter McConnell||2:19||Download|
|12||Xizor's Palace||Joel McNeely||Peter McConnell||1:41||Download|
|13||Skyhook Battle||Joel McNeely||Peter McConnell||1:41||Download|
|14||Game Over||John Williams||Peter McConnell||0:06||Download|
- Ripper: Josh W.
- Recorder: OlfinBedwere
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We have tried to use the original track names from soundtrack releases wherever possible. However, some of the tracks are used in different contexts to how they were originally intended, so for those instances their in-game location is used instead.
Ripping Nintendo 64 music is beyond the scope of this Wiki.