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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire stars a cocky pilot named Dash Rendar (whose best friend, coincidentally, is Han Solo) as he fights alongside the Rebels during the attack on Hoth. Throughout the game's ten stages, players will alternate between on-foot missions and vehicle shooting sequences in levels set within the Star Wars universe.
The first level involves piloting a Snowspeeder as AT-ATs, AT-STs, and Probe Droids scour the frigid planet looking to crush the Rebel Alliance. The goal is to take out the opposition in four separate waves. Succeed and the game switches the viewpoint to behind Dash Rendar, as you guide the protagonist past the icy caverns inside Echo Base to find the Outrider (his ship). Snowtroopers, Wampas, and even an AT-ST boss must be dealt with before Rendar can escape.
The next phase, entitled "Asteroid Chase," involves shooting down TIE Fighters from a default view of inside the Outrider's cockpit — all while trying to avoid asteroids. Eliminate 60 TIE Fighters and 20 TIE Bombers to advance to the next stage, the junkyard in Ord Mantell, to question the notorious IG-88 on the whereabouts of Boba Fett.
This level has Rendar running atop a moving train as players jump or duck to avoid hitting barriers. Survive the encounter with IG-88 and you're once again on foot, trying to find Boba Fett in the desert-like Gall Spaceport. As you make your way through the twisting canyons and narrow ledges, you'll need to look for the hidden jetpack so you can take on the deadly bounty hunter through the air.
Subsequent levels have Rendar riding a Swoop Bike through the streets of Mos Eisley and Beggar's Canyon while fending off rival bikers; climbing aboard the Imperial Freighter Suprosa to obtain secret plans for the new Death Star; trudging through the foul sewers below the Imperial City to infiltrate Prince Xizor's palace; and blasting off into space to destroy Xizor's Skyhook Station. Once players have completed a level, they can return to find hidden Challenge Points to unlock secrets on all three of the game's difficulty settings. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide