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  • Summary: Based on the universe created in the Frank Herbert novels and in David Lynch's 1984 movie, this long-awaited sequel to the early '90s game "Dune II" -- the granddaddy of the real-time strategy genre -- puts you in command of a military faction fighting for control of the desert planet Arrakis and its critical resources. Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. It is with out a doubt the best real-time strategy game on the market today. The multifaceted game play and shear volume of missions should keep you battling for spice until your eyes turn blue.
  2. An extremely fun game setting new standards in 3D technology and good Westwood-like gameplay.
  3. Those familiar with Westwood's prior strategy games will be very familiar with the game's controls.
  4. 80
    A limited camera, slightly wonky unit A.I., and a few absent unit-handling features seem like a retreat from ground already covered by other, older 2D RTS games.
  5. It lacks the polish of other Westwood games, however seeing as this is their first foray into three dimensions we can forgive the slightly rough feel and lack of overall refinement.
  6. 75
    Overall I enjoyed the game, though the campaign is a bit lackluster and the game doesn't offer anything new to the RTS scene.
  7. Easily playable but just as easily forgettable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. ErraticCommunist
    Feb 7, 2008
    A severely underrated game way ahead of its time... only now people start to realize how truly great Emperor was.
  2. Jan 8, 2011
    Still great fun after almost a decade. The graphics are a little dated now, but still perfectly acceptable. Gameplay is amazing - the balance between the three factions is perfect - an example to all other RTS games. I still listen to the soundtrack while doing other stuff, because it's so good. Expand
  3. Mar 26, 2011
    I consider this one to be THE RTS game. Apart from the fact that the story and cutscenes are very nice, particularly for a person, who's a fan of the Dune universe, the gameplay experience is top-notch. The unit balance is fantastic, particularly due to the fact that it allows for differenc strategies (for example you never attack the Harkonnen with infantry units, while it is perfectly possible to win a mid-game level only with selected infantry and air support against another house). This does not mean that you just have to rush the enemy base with a massive army, as this issue has also been very well balanced out. Moreover, Emperor has some additional elements, that are not that common, as the possibility of choosing allies, which gives you some pretty good unique units later on.
    The sound is very good, and the music is good enough for me to own a soundtrack. It is true that the graphics aged a bit, but that's not a problem with such top quality gameplay as this title offers.
  4. DaveG.
    Oct 18, 2001
    For Fans of Dune this game offers all of the house interactions. For fans of Westwood this is a cool real time war game. For fans of both - this is a real find!! Expand
  5. JoeY.
    Jan 16, 2002
    This game is amazing compared to all the other Dune games. For the fans of dune series this game is must have.
  6. TrevorP.
    Jul 1, 2005
    In the skermish game they should have given you the option of turning your side red. That is the only colour you can't be!
  7. Tony
    Nov 10, 2001
    Couldn't get it to work on my system. AMD 800 with Asus MB, Asus Video. Contacted Tech support over a week ago and haven't heard a word. Brought the game back for a refund. Expand

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