I don’t care if it was released in 2008. I don’t care if the graphics are bad, even for that point in time. I don’t care that the game received pretty terrible reviews. I don’t care what you say, I still love Star Wars: Supremacy (or Star Wars: Rebellion outside of the UK), a 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) game set the in Star Wars extended universe. It sees you take on the role of the Rebellion or the Empire and attempt to spread your influence across the galaxy. You do this through a mixture of diplomacy and military might. You can send your agents (major and minor character from the Star Wars Trilogy and expanded universe) out on diplomatic, combat or espionage missions, or by building fleets of ships and armies to take worlds as your own. You must also defend your own planets, building production facilities, defensive structures, garrisons and fighter squadrons to hold off invading forces. The game features space combat, but that element is so terrible that I refuse to touch it with a bargepole, instead allowing the computer to auto-resolve combats based on numerical superiority. Seriously, the combat is terrible.
The game has always held a special place in my heart and although I do also play what is, in many ways, the spiritual successor, Empire at War, I still return to this crusty old program quite regularly. I had a go tonight and snapped some screenshots as I went along. I’ll have to do the same for Empire at War at some point for the comparison. Empire at War does feature excellent space combat, though. Really excellent, especially in comparison to this game…
On to the pictures!
It may be surprising to learn that there is still a dedicated community around this game who have made over a thousand edits available to download on swrebellion.com. The site seems to be having a little difficulty with their database, but all of the cool resources are still available. The game itself is available, as with many such gems, on GoG.com.