Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (N64)

Mike Matei / January 5th, 2015

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (N64) James & Mike Mondays – Episode 82

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  • br34l

    January 5, 2015 at 12:17 am

    one of my favorite N64 games

    • br34l

      January 6, 2015 at 5:51 am

      yes, that too!

    • Smokingspoon

      January 7, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      This was indeed an awesome game. I also liked Rogue Squadron.

      Use your seeker missiles, James!

      Not only did they change the iconic Ewok song, they put that HORRIBLE song and 3d scene in Jabba’s palace, oh gawd..

  • January 5, 2015 at 12:28 am

    OMG it wasn’t a goblins vs. gnomes ad

    • Shanklins

      January 5, 2015 at 1:20 am

      I know right, =). I could not stand that Commercial, so annoying.

    • Weldin Dunn

      January 5, 2015 at 2:24 am

      Fuck em.

      • January 5, 2015 at 1:42 pm

        I’m glad I’m not alone. Me and my dad watch these videos together…and that ad drove us crazy, we heard that shit in our sleep.

    • January 5, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks Christ I’m not the only one. The other ad that really pisses me off is the W.O.W. one: “We will not be slaves, but we will be conquerers!!” every time I want to watch a video.

      I’m garanteed not to play those game ever. Thanks shitty advertising!!

  • Jcr3ws

    January 5, 2015 at 12:29 am

    My dad got this for me and my bros as soon as it hit the shelf in ’96, great memories one of my favorite games. Challenge points were fun to find and finishing the game on Jedi was a beast. The worst thing I always hate about the modern redux to return of the jedi is lucas changes anakins ghost at the end from his supposed dying age like obi wan and yoda to the young dumb hayden version…wtf why lucas?? and the dancing aleins at the jabas palace,…terrible

    • Weldin Dunn

      January 5, 2015 at 2:24 am

      Yeah I hate that too.

    • January 5, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      The worst “update” for me is the Song in Jabba’s palace, it’s so out of place!

  • Benobot99

    January 5, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Awesome video. I remember renting this as a kid back in the days of Blockbuster.

  • zeromonster3

    January 5, 2015 at 12:54 am

    You know that feeling you get when you sit and watch your friend struggle to play a certain obstacle in a game and you KNOW you can easily do it?

    Yea, I know you were in that situation, Mike.

  • Moose Of Woe

    January 5, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Beware the elusive CLIFF WAMPA!

  • avgnfanfckballs

    January 5, 2015 at 12:58 am

    mike and james should do a weekly podcast that involves playing games like this while talking. this makes for the best content to binge watch!!!

  • Grandpa Seth

    January 5, 2015 at 1:29 am

    Man I remember this game

  • Weldin Dunn

    January 5, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Awesome. Great game.

  • Glorious Gerbil

    January 5, 2015 at 2:09 am

    So i understand this is actually a quite well liked game, Ive never tried it myself but i have to say…it looks extremely dull and the look of the game feels very washed out and dull even for its age! I shouldnt judge by this quick look but ill never try this game, it just looks so depressing!

    • Jcr3ws

      January 5, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Most on here even I, played it when it was fresh at its time. While you are right on how it feels or looks, but its worth a playthrough, just look past the why nots or what ifs of its gameplay and graphics.

  • james smith

    January 5, 2015 at 2:16 am

    This is one of my favorite five games of all time. At the time I only had one N64 game. I saved up to buy 007 but they were sold out. I only had enough to buy it from the store that had games on sale. It was either wait for two weeks for a rain check or buy another game, I chose this and what a bit of serendipity it was. Great, great game. Too bad N64 didn’t have more great titles like this. I never did beat it on Jedi. Maybe this will inspire me to finally do it. Thanks James and Mike. Love your work.

    • ToadRoad

      January 5, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      I can’t even imagine how crushing the disappointment would’ve been to be denied Goldeneye after saving up. At least you got this as opposed to say Superman.

  • pikmintaro

    January 5, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Hey thanks for playing this, and I just wanted to mention you were talking about what would happen if somebody without the Force used a Lightsaber, well remember when Han Solo used Luke’s Lightsaber to cut the Tauntaun open? also General Greivous couldn’t use the force, but he could use Lightsabers.
    Anyways all you need to use a Lightsaber is the ability to press the button on it, but I do think that the Lightsabers have a Force Crystal in them and you apparently need the Force to put them together, but beyond that anybody can use them if they get their hands on it, although they probably need Jedi reflexes to use them to full potential (I mean for blocking blaster bolts and everything.)

  • gluserty

    January 5, 2015 at 2:37 am

    I’m with James in reference to “Return of the Jedi” being the end of the “Star Wars” trilogy. The prequel trilogy didn’t really do it for me (I liked “Revenge of the Sith” a little bit, but I wasn’t exactly begging for it either), and definitely a cash grab. I’ll view the new “Star Wars” film someday, but I’m not especially eager about it either.

  • Andrew Wood

    January 5, 2015 at 2:39 am

    James, I agree 100% that Star Wars should end with ROTJ. However, Lucas had 9 episodes planned pretty much since the beginning (and 12 at one point, I believe), so this isn’t just some new ploy to make more money, it does at least have some ground in what Lucas originally wanted. But still, I find it hard to care about what will happen after Episode 6. Like you said, though, I certainly do welcome new Star Wars films.

    • Andrew Wood

      January 5, 2015 at 2:41 am

      Okay Mike points out the original 12… I guess I should watch more before I post. 😛

    • Andrew Wood

      January 5, 2015 at 2:48 am

      Have to disagree about the Ewok music though. I like the special edition music much better. My least favorite change to the special editions was Jabba’s appearance in Episode 4, for three reasons: it basically repeats what was already stated with the Han and Greedo scene, Jabba looks nothing at all like he does in ROTJ, and it totally ruins the mystery of who Jabba is.

      • Jcr3ws

        January 5, 2015 at 7:30 am

        Yea that scene should’ve never hit the story boards, jabba looked very fake and measly in comparison to ROTJ.

      • Joker83

        January 5, 2015 at 10:31 am

        Part of it is because they went with computer graphics instead a giant puppet.

      • ToadRoad

        January 5, 2015 at 2:08 pm

        That scene is atrocious. And the dance scene they added, I think in ROTJ. I’ve only ever seen the SEditions once, but some of those changes were unforgettably bad.

  • January 5, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Such a classic one of my top 10 games.. I beat this game so many dam times lol

  • Andrew Wood

    January 5, 2015 at 2:54 am

    You guys seriously don’t remember Han using the lightsaber in Episode 5 (without any weird problems)? How could you forget that?

  • mysterywolf

    January 5, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Unfortunately, as I read individual lightsabers, they’re built differently.
    They all have an activator switch, and a bottom. I’d assume it has something to do with the crystal inside of them, and perhaps a laser focusing on the crystal inside of it.

    Basically, you press the button to turn it off, and the crystal shifts and blocks the focus laser, which therefore cuts off the power until reactivated. The length of the blade itself depending on the crystal- but most average out to swords.

    /nerd theory

    Also, I’d watch three hours of gameplay. Twitch seems to be pretty popular for that kind of stuff, after all…

    • Glorious Gerbil

      January 5, 2015 at 4:26 am

      Absolutely, watching playthroughs can be very interesting and fun. However one every monday would be a bit hefty for me though!

    • ToadRoad

      January 5, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      I think Mike makes a good point about editing them, particularly because there are many instances where they get so engrossed in the game, they forget they’re making a video. Plus, I like being able to see a whole game, or at least different levels within a 4-25 minute video rather than having to play through (or watch someone play through) the whole game myself.

  • Don Skiver

    January 5, 2015 at 6:09 am

    I love this fucking game! I don’t care what people say about the game…I love it and it really takes me back to the past.

    • Don Skiver

      January 5, 2015 at 6:12 am

      Oh fuck and don’t even get me started on the Rogue Squadron games…LOVE those too!!

  • January 5, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Gonna be totally awesome, and probably totally outgunned here. I… liked the new Return of the Jedi ending.

  • Senna4ever

    January 5, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I hated this game.
    While I admit it felt like you were playing the movies…only a handful of the missions actually has this effect as most of it was terrible.
    The controls were unresponsive or either went the other way and were way too over sensitive.

    The Battle On Hoth scene was good, but the on foot sections were horrendous.

  • January 5, 2015 at 9:05 am

    With time and effort, I was able to make this with LJN video art.

    Nothing but a bright future ahead of me. X_X

  • Satnav

    January 5, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I always liked the Rogue Squadron games on Gamcube. The graphics were really good for the time and they still hold up pretty well.

    I liked the ROTJ special edition music, it was one of the changes I really approved of actually. Better than that retarded yub-nub crap. The new stuff actually brings a tear to my eye.

  • January 5, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I remember reading about lightsaber length in a old starwars rpg book, it said that the light saber actually had a blade made of plasma, generated by the crystals on the hilt, and it bent back to the saber when certain length was reached, like a “U”. I don’t remember where the **ck i left that book, but when I find it I’ll scan the “technical” details.

  • akronymn

    January 5, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I had a great time playing this game when it was new. Hopefully they will play the Skyhook battle and show the jet pack levels. I remember you had to conserve the jet pack to get from platform to platform while enemies shooting at you. I wish I still had this game, I loaned it out years ago and never saw it again.

  • Flea

    January 5, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I loved this game when it came out! I was like WTF? when I saw this video as I just bought myself an N64 and Shadows of the Empire on boxing day!

  • Ryan Steiner

    January 5, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Total classic! WOMPA STOMPA!

  • January 5, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Four hours of you “Pro´s” playing video games? I´m truly sorry, but that´s what I´d call a nightmare…;)
    Nice video today, though.

  • Alex Row

    January 5, 2015 at 11:11 am

    This game was so good back in the day, you guys make me want to play again. Sadly I sold my n64 a long time ago.

    Regarding the changes made to the special edition, for me one of the worst is having young Anakin’s ghost at the end of RotJ, as opposed to the old version Luke actually met. It doesn’t make any sense and is just a lame way to try and tie together the two trilogies.

  • Slogra

    January 5, 2015 at 11:14 am

    @Mike and James: Interesting fact, the music for this game was originally created for the Shadows novels, and it played during the audiobooks. Also, Mike has a funny but silent reaction at 10:19. Can’t wait for part 2!

    • Andrew Wood

      January 5, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      What exactly do you mean about the music? Many (or even all?) of the songs in the Shadows N64 game can be heard at different points in the original trilogy movies.

      • January 6, 2015 at 5:33 am

        Some of them were, but not all the them.

  • Garrett Smith

    January 5, 2015 at 11:44 am

    If you guys could, I’d like to see you two play Metroid Prime on the GameCube.

  • Deathbringer

    January 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Chrome won’t play this video for me. The ironic thing is that the error message tells me to use Chrome for the best experience.. and it works fine in Firefox using Flash Player.. weird.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    January 5, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Yeah, Shadows of the Empire was a big deal. There were toys, a novel, comics. I didn’t have an N64, so I couldn’t play the game, so it’s nice to see this video. And yeah, I can see why you guys edit the videos. Not every comment is that interesting or funny, like you said, and not everyone wants to watch 3 hours of shooting an chicken walker. 😀

    The discussion of how much Lucas planned and made up as he went along is an interesting one. From what I can tell, most was not planned, but of course he’ll say later on that it was all a master plan, haha.

  • Homenzar

    January 5, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Great! i just loved this game! One of the best of the deceased N64!
    PS: weird music:

  • Zach Standig

    January 5, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I always considered the “R” “L” and “Z” buttons to be triggers.

  • January 5, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    3-4 hours? I’d sit an entire day watching this 🙂

  • Red Hood

    January 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Dash Quickly

  • MadHitz

    January 5, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I remember being so jealous of my friend when he got an N64 for Christmas with this game and Mario 64.

  • Midori

    January 5, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Every time I try to re-play this game I just notice how… bad it is. The controls are HORRIBLY clunky and infuriating, the jumping is floaty and imprecise, the enemy placement is bullshit, where you’ll constantly get hit no matter what you do because you arrive to an area where the enemies shoot you from behind and there was NOTHING you could do about it. Also, there’s levels where you can’t see a DAMN THING. The screen turns, I’m not even exagerating, into a black void. You can’t explore cause you don’t know where you are going. It’s just black. The driving level is HORRENDOUS… you can’t control the bike properly, you just slam into everything all the time without control…
    I seriously can’t understand why people say this is one of the “best” N64 games. I remember liking it when I was a kid but nowadays, no matter how many times I play it… the game is just so bad… why am I the only one who notices? Don’t let the nostalgia veil blind you…

    • Andrew Wood

      January 5, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      I agree for the most part. Not to mention the blurry, disgusting graphics. Needless to say, this game DID get pretty poor reviews when it was released. I’m not sure where all the praise is coming from. It does have a certain charm to it, and the level design and action are both generally entertaining, but there are a lot of weak areas.

    • Andrew Wood

      January 5, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      And I don’t see how anyone could think this could be one of the best N64 games. It’s nowhere near the level of Super Mario 64, the two Zelda games, Goldeneye, Mario Kart, Star Fox, F-Zero X, Diddy Kong Racing, and other classics.

    • Jcr3ws

      January 5, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      I replayed this last summer when I got the ol 64 out with just wanting to play a couple levels finding myself playing through the whole game… With the bland graphics, wonky controls and terrible speeder level that I never liked even as a kid, I found my nostalgia wasn’t a lie. The music and memories drove me through it much more than what is obviously dated. Altho Nostalgia is a bad thing sometimes, no lie there

  • January 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    “When you have to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk! -Tuco

    • greedo

      January 5, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Good one! I love that movie! 🙂

  • Kent Gissing

    January 5, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    LOL! ^^ That cry of frustration knowing they are gonna have to do it all over again was the best outcry since the Sonic ’06 video! 😀 😀

  • January 5, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Why don’t you put up two versions a 3hour version and an edited version, a black guy I asked said it was because your racist and need to edit it out

  • greedo

    January 5, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    When the N64 came out, I really wanted this game. I wound up getting Goldeneye instead. Turned out to be a very, very good decision! Because years later, when I got my hands on the PC version of the game, I found it to be a huge disappointment. Some of the levels were interesting, but it was a huge letdown. There were a couple of parts that were hard to do, and for awhile, I was put off of it because of that beginning level.

    The controls were a bit awkward, and it just seemed very frustrating. I was spoiled by the controls for Rogue Squadron, I expect very tight controls. (for that reason, I prefer console games to PC and Mac. It often feels like I’m winging it).

    I did manage to finally get through it, but there was one level in particular that I couldn’t finish without a cheat code. In short, the game had a lot of promise, but in the end, it just couldn’t quite deliver).

    P.S. I had heard that the difference between the N64 version and the PC version was that the PC one had orchestrated music, and extra cut scenes. I’m glad that they were wrong on at least one count!

    • Andrew Wood

      January 5, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Yes, some aspects of this game are almost AVGN-worthy. I don’t understand why James is so lenient toward it.

  • FinallyGAF

    January 5, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Mike is like these guys from schoolyards who always came up with strange stories. I remember these two stories: ‘Yes, there is a complete Kenner Death Star and you can store 5 Tie Fighters and an AT-AT inside.’
    And my favourite:
    ‘The original cut of Evil Dead was supposed to be 3 hours long, but the director suffered a heart attack after a screening, so they had to cut out most of the stuff.’

  • January 5, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    James will now travel back in time to steal a section of Nintendo Power to complete his own copy from a boy that turns out to be James.

  • Night-X

    January 5, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Another game wish be downloadable on the old wii. But for some unknown reason they had all the Super Nintendo ones for it?

    • Alex Row

      January 6, 2015 at 12:32 am

      I know right? the wii had all the snes ones but not this? Why!? Maybe it’ll release for the wiiU VC, but that is highly unlikely.

  • January 5, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Yes!! Thank you James and Mike for playing this game!! 🙂 I use to play this game slice I was 6 or 7 years old back then I Love Star Wars Movie as a kid!

  • BushPritzle

    January 5, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    I like the length of this one!

  • January 5, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Hey Mike and James do you have watch all three Star Wars Family Guy?

  • herbsuperb

    January 5, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Great game. Great vid. I must say one thing though. There is one essential component to a great Star Wars game. Johnnie Williams Star Wars music. The real deal. You CANNOT make a great Star Wars game without it. SOTE had it, and it made it so much better.

  • juggernautakira

    January 5, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    It is amazing on how much better Mike is at every game.

  • January 6, 2015 at 5:28 am

    One of the best N64 games to this day, I played this one quite a bit. I especially remember all the cool cheats you could use like changing the physics of the game to where you had 40% Gravity or controlling the Wompas with the C buttons to attack the guards; and of course, all items and ammo, including a jetpack. The jetpack and the gravity controls made the game much more fun. Also, the
    soundtrack is superb, my favorite is the Gall Spaceport.

  • stoney_1

    January 6, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I still love these videos!! they inspire me to kick video game ass!

  • January 6, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Well, maybe you could just make a 5 hour DVD/BD (10 if you include both angles) and put it on the store and see how much you get from that. Maybe just put one to start with to see if it is that popular.

  • Matu

    January 6, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Wasn’t considered a classic, but I loved this game.

  • January 8, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Give the option for full 3hr video or edited video, Mike.

  • January 9, 2015 at 9:45 am

    The book was very original for the time, i actually recomend it, there’s some parts which talks of Luke Skywalker’s training which fill the gap between return of the Jedi, and empire strikes back.

  • Andrew DiGiovanni

    January 11, 2015 at 9:53 am

    You guys have to try Captain Toad, Treasure Tracker!!

  • neil harris

    January 14, 2015 at 6:51 am

    I remeber the pc version of this shit all over the n64 version

  • January 14, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Han didn’t shoot ‘only’! He shot ‘Solo’! 🙂

  • BrutallyHonestGamer

    January 17, 2015 at 11:26 am

    About your comment that Jedi was the ending, try playing Star Wars Jedi Outcast, an old PC game on par with PS1 graphics. But it has a terrific story, it’s what the new Star Wars movie should be based on.

  • TheDock

    January 27, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    I’ve had that Boba Fett poster on my wall in my bedroom where its been since I got the issue as a kid. It still proudly hangs, unmooved there to this day.

  • skwij

    January 28, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Yeah! It’s great to see you guys play this! This is the only N64 game that I ever did anything with, and seeing it brings back memories. You guys wrecked those walkers! I always hated how it automatically changed the camera angle when you got the tow cable onto the AT ATs. Anyway… Maybe not everyone would sit and watch your videos if you left them uncut, but it would be a neat option to have. A while back, Mike posted his video of beating the Legend of Zelda with no sword, (not beating Gannon, but you know what I mean…) and that was awesome. I may not watch a four hour video in it’s entirety, but I’d watch parts of it. It is extra work, though… The videos that you do are wonderful as they are and much appreciated. 🙂

  • Aaron1375

    March 30, 2015 at 4:32 am

    You guys must’ve had the difficulty on something other than easy. I enjoyed the game, but it was way too fucking hard on any setting other than easy and if you won it on easy you got a shitty ending.

  • June 4, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Ignore the AT-STs,and go after the AT-ATs, tight to the legs. Great N64 game.

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