Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (N64) Part 3

Mike Matei / January 19th, 2015


  • Leeleeleeleelee

    January 19, 2015 at 12:17 am


  • bigbold1023

    January 19, 2015 at 12:27 am


  • Don Skiver

    January 19, 2015 at 12:37 am

    I still love this game. Even though the graphics haven’t really aged all that well, it’s still a fun game for Star Wars fans.

    • Don Skiver

      January 19, 2015 at 12:50 am

      I do like it when you guys go outside of your NES comfort zone and play games on “newer” systems (such as the N64) even though you guys aren’t as good at those games. It’s nice to see the variety.

  • January 19, 2015 at 1:34 am

    What makes you guys wanna finish some games even though there terrible then give other games 5 minutes of play time. All horrible games should get the same dedication and do a play through of some Dreamcast games that console is like 16 years old.(people are going to be giving me the exact time the consoles been out. Cause I wasn’t precise)

    • FinallyGAF

      January 19, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      I disagree. Having one game fleshed out brought some live and entertainment back into this show.
      It also helped that it isn’t an 8/16 bit game for a change.

    • ToadRoad

      January 20, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Some games are curiosities that are notable for their existence and little else. It wouldn’t make sense for them to just stammer through vocalized pauses for 20 minutes on a game that requires little time devoted to it. This particular game is from a famous franchise and has very varied game-play, so it doesn’t get tedious watching/playing. Also, they are enjoying it just enough to keep going, but it’s frustrating enough that it’s entertaining to watch their progress.

  • January 19, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Play one of the N64 Silent Hill games….IN THE DARK!

    • Andrew Wood

      January 19, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      There was never a Silent Hill game released on N64.

    • Adam

      January 20, 2015 at 7:43 am

      There are no N64 Silent Hill games. They could play resident evil 2 for n64 though. That would be interesting.

      • ToadRoad

        January 20, 2015 at 8:38 pm

        I’m going back 2 decades now, but from what I recall the N64 RE2 was horrible compared to the PSX version, so I’d prefer to see it on the Sony console if any. Or maybe I’m just remembering wrong.

  • Jim Bruner

    January 19, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Lol, you can’t “win” the race at Mos Eisley, because technically it isn’t a race. Even if you go at top speed you can’t catch up to the next guy. Believe me, I’ve tried. You have to defeat each one of the swoop gang before you get to the end point.

    • Manolito Mystiq

      January 19, 2015 at 3:51 am

      Yes, you can, but you have to be mighty fast. I mean you have to be near flawless.

      Actually, when you get better at the level, it gets β€˜fun’.

      • Manolito Mystiq

        January 19, 2015 at 3:54 am

        But yeah, but Jim said, kill those guys! Ram left (Z) or right (R) to kill ’emβ€”which is probably too late an answer, but whatever.

  • pleasetakeabow

    January 19, 2015 at 2:58 am

    James, my god, so painful to watch you play this game.

    • Red Hood

      January 20, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      It really is.

      These guys are great fun, but it seems like they just ignore the instructions, even when they’re posted RIGHT ON THE SCREEN.

      I found myself almost hollering at video a couple times, “No! Go that away! LOOK OUT! HE’S RIGHT BEHIND YOU!” and such.

      Though, it does make it WAY more satisfying when they DO beat a level.
      And since there’s a part 4, I’m assuming they eventually make it to the Skyhook

  • Satnav

    January 19, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Loved James expressions when he was finishing off Slave I. πŸ™‚

  • jim dove

    January 19, 2015 at 7:16 am

    The slave 1 fight was hilarious, Mike was there like the Obi-Wan character saying words of encouragement and wisdom such as “shoot the fuck outta this fucking asshole” just before the final battle with the ship, just like the end of the deathstar battle where obi says “use the force luke”

    and “fuckin, slave piece of shit” after the ship blows up as opposed to Obi Wan saying “the force will be with you, always” lol

  • Glorious Gerbil

    January 19, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Aaw no not part 4…pretty dull game to do a 4 parter for!

    • FinallyGAF

      January 20, 2015 at 8:35 am

      Sorry for not sharing your opinion. It is okay to think that this is a dull game (which I don’t think but anyway) but I think it is also James and Mike struggeling with the game which makes the watch interesting, at least for me.

  • JohnnyV234

    January 19, 2015 at 11:10 am

    You guys crack me up but it really surprises me how average of game players you often are for doing this for a living. I know Mike can be really really good depending on the game (he just complains A LOT) but James just seems clueless so often. Fun to watch though!

    • Glorious Gerbil

      January 19, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Well to be honest, ive been playing ALOT of games for very very many years now, and for the most part i am absolutely horrible! Dont know maybe im just a bit talentless but it takes loooong for me to get good at games. Maybe James are the same…more practice needy. πŸ™‚

  • Ross Morgan

    January 19, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Its great to see you guys do the longer multi part episodes, because as a viewer its like having an ongoing plot to follow plus it allows for us to get a better idea of what the game is like. It would be great to see you guys do something like this with one of the old school 2d Zelda’s, maybe Links Awakening, it seems like that game never gets enough love.

  • SouL DraGooN

    January 19, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Went back and played this game. On Medium I got all the way to the Gladiator and that level just ripped me to shreds. Unless this is like a 8 part video, I don’t see them beating the game if they have so much trouble on the early levels.

    • Don Skiver

      January 19, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      I agree. It really baffles me though. Like, sometimes they can beat these really fucking hard games like Batman on NES or Ghost’s n’ Goblins on NES or fucking Transformers on Famicom, and then they have so much trouble with Shadows of the Empire…

      I keep telling myself that it’s because they didn’t play N64 much as kids compared to NES and SNES (which apparently they played the shit out of as kids) and that they don’t have the same nostalgia and muscle memory or something.

  • jasonjrf

    January 19, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Nice can you guys do contra 3 Alien Wars

  • jasonjrf

    January 19, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Get james a damn MT Climbing Chalk bag

  • RandyPan

    January 19, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Are you guys ever going to do Lego Star Wars?

    • Glorious Gerbil

      January 19, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Dear god i hope not.

  • urrutiap

    January 19, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Shadows of the Empire wasn’t that hard even the swoop bike level. Good God I could do that swoop bike level in my sleep or blindfolded.

  • Phoenix7786

    January 19, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    It’s funny yet sad to see how much they suck at this game on easy, even though as kids we ALL whooped this game on hard. We’re probably just as rusty as they are.

  • January 19, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Are you guys playing on Hard or something? I finished this game like 20 times when I was 10 years old. πŸ˜› These bosses are super easy, you just have to stand in the right spots.

  • January 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    And in the racing bit you can drive slow, you don’t have to drive fast. The enemies drive at your speed! πŸ˜›

  • S.Peelman

    January 19, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Lol, James and Mike. You guys can be so pro at one game or beat games I’ll never hope to beat myself, yet so noobish at others.

    I love to watch these though, and I love multi-part episodes. There’s just something entertaining about watching some guys play around with some games. This in particular is an awesome game, but Slave I is probably the easiest boss in it. You can fly out of the arena and get all kinds of goodies at the bottom. The Speeder-Bike chase is also a lot easier if you focus on the bad guys, and ram them, instead of trying to beat them at speed. I hope you’ll do the whole game, because I’d love to see you do the Sewer and Xizor’s Palace levels.

  • luke highland

    January 19, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Hey Mike what video editing programs do you use?

  • kuksoolwon

    January 19, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    why release these parts weekly when its done in one daywill ever do wrestling games?

  • LiquidHawk

    January 19, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    This is a good game. Despite the control/camera issues, I liked the gameplay variety and the presentation, although some of the parts were good (the Hoth level) while others are bad. That Mike laugh at 13:26 is too good.

  • kuksoolwon

    January 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    they never claimed to be experts.they just love to game.

  • Anthony Witkowski

    January 19, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Mike and James, the app isn’t updating to the new videos. I just wanted to let you guys know!

  • The Micksta

    January 19, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Well, since you guys are playing Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (N64), might as well play Star Wars Episode 1 Racer for the N64. I would love to see you guys play that as well.

  • goodpenisbadpenis

    January 19, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    You guys didn’t mention that Dash looks just like Kevin Costner. LOL

    • Weldin Dunn

      January 19, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      I thought I was the only one who noticed that.

  • greedo

    January 19, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Good heavens, guys, don’t tell me you went through the rest of this video trying to RACE these guys. The whole point of this level is to destroy the swoop gang before they get to Luke. I guess I wouldn’t blame you, though. The PC version makes these clear, as they have a cutscene explaining what goes on in this level.

    Anyway, now that that’s out of the way, the end of the level you guys were playing, and this speeder bike level are easily the worst parts of this game. I couldn’t, for the life of me, defeat it. I would struggle with part where you jet across the canyon to the other side. That jet pack sucked! It was only after playing Star Wars: Bounty Hunter that they had a really effective jetpack in an SW game. (Incidentally, in the PC version, when you paused they had a screen with Boba Fett, and several messages ran across the screen. One of them read, “Boba Fett says, ‘My jetpack is better than yours'”. Now I know why.

    As for the swoop bike level, that was easily the worst level. The controls were not that great, and all you basically had was that meter on top to tell you where you were in relation to the gang. The worst part, though was when you got out of Mos Eisley into the sand dunes. You would travel for a little bit get stuck in the sand, and then accelerated out of it, only to smash into a rock face. It’s supposed to be a hover bike! Why can’t it just hover over the sand?

    Anyway, I’ve gone on for far longer than I intended, so I’ll stop here. Thanks for reading!

  • Olivier Reid

    January 19, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks James & Mike. This playthrough is one of my favorite so far. Ignore those who whines. This game is awesome and I’d rather see you finish this game then quitting mid-game.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    January 20, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Oh man, that fight against the Boba Fett AND the Slave 1 looked brutal! That racing stage… hahahahaa.

    • greedo

      January 20, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      The Boba Fett fight IS brutal, believe me! And there really is nowhere to go. Even if you go outside the tower, it does no good to stay there. You have to be inside the space port to defeat Boba.

  • January 20, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Definitely one of my favorite games of all time. It was hard watching the Bob Fett fight (since you could fly out of the tower). And it was hard watching the racer level (since you had to kill each guy, lol). But altogether, definitely a good throwback to a great game!!!

  • January 20, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    The PC version was pretty interesting with voice acting, cutscenes, etc…

    I actually made a patch to make the game run on linux/windows properly – it also runs the CDAudio from OGG/MP3.

  • Jcr3ws

    January 21, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I really dont like the speeder stage, but it was funny watching someone else play through it. James try boba fett fight on jedi difficulty, controllers will be thrown.

  • Ace

    January 21, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Danger Zone!

  • January 22, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Just horrible at this

  • January 22, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Watching you guys suck hard and Mike cackle is like watching a constipated Donkey try to take a shit.

    Just horrible

  • akronymn

    January 22, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    The swoop bike level is not my favorite level but it is fun once you learn it. It reminds me of playing an old nes game and learning how to do every jump perfectly. I cannot even remember how many times I played world 8 of super Mario before I figured out each jump. Play the this game on easy to learn the levels then play through the harder skill levels. It is an awesome game but you have to take the time to figure it out.

  • FriskyArts

    January 23, 2015 at 11:41 am

    James, Mike… I’ve watched you guys from the beginning, but you’re killing me with this SotE playthrough. The Slave I fight is easy if you just circlestrafe/fly around it while shooting, and the Mos Eisley stage is awesome. That level IS NOT a race, so stop treating it like one; just slowly drive up to each biker and ram them into a wall. Simple as that, then you can just take your sweet time to reach then end.

  • January 23, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    This rocks. Love the comments. Takes me back..

  • Edward Sanchez

    January 23, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Hey James Rolfe, This is E-Dawg Shakur, can you review COOL SPOT for the super nintendo.

  • Tomos Bray

    January 24, 2015 at 4:14 am

    James and Mike… Do ”stuntman’ on the PS2 I think it’s the hardest racing game but is very fun

  • Tomos Bray

    January 24, 2015 at 4:17 am

    James and Mike… PLZ play stuntman.on the PS2 it is the hardest racing game but very fun
    PLZ just do this game and try completing it.

  • Grandmasterp

    January 24, 2015 at 10:05 am

    James and Mike Monday’s ,BLOW, compared to AVGN.

    • Andrew Wood

      January 24, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Glad someone else thinks this. You can find videos of people sitting around playing video games all over the Internet. Why is this even considered a “Show”? I think James could make at least one or two (smallish) AVGN episodes a month if he didn’t bother with these.

      • Grandmasterp

        January 24, 2015 at 3:25 pm

        Sixty-four, schmixty-four, at least play a good game like Ready 2 Rumble.

  • January 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Mike, I agree completely with the GTA San Andreas Jet Pack. I used it more than I used planes or Vehicles.

  • skwij

    January 28, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Well, you guys got farther than I ever did. I don’t think that I ever beat ol’ Boba Fett on my own and used stage select or someone else’s save data to play the rest. I cheated… These stages may seen arbitrary and cobbled together for the sake of the game, but they’re actually supposed to go along with the book. The stages in the game depict what Dash Rendar was doing while the rest of the Star Wars crew was racing Prince Xizor to keep him from killing Luke in order to disgrace Darth Vader. There’s a part in the book where Dash races a swoop through a city to save Luke from a bunch of mercs… Anyway Thanks for the video! it’s so cool to see your expressions when you finish the stages!

  • Smokingspoon

    February 24, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I always wanted to try the pc version with fully animated cutscenes..

    The 64 version was still an awesome one. Especially the music (xizor palace theme omg.)

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