i played this for years to beat boredom i'd say i have about 1500+hours easy i bought the disk copy around 2007 then got the expansion few mounths later ..then the modding started played it on disk since before i got on steam years later now on 3/14/2015 i decided to buy the steam version just because
difference i see with steam version is i do not need to get the vista patch which is used to launch the game if you have more than 4gb of ram so that's cool..
if you make a short cut its only good for empire at war not foc you have to click on it in your library to get the option to pick which to play
modding on the steam version is a little different not hard tho just a modpath figured it out instantly
modding for this game is as easy and 123 seriously how do people have such a hard time figuring it out?
my favorite game of all time i never get bored of it with mods and such but now 2015 it gets less and less of a thing but modding keeps it alive -republic at war .battlefront commander.acm2.4.lots of fun mods to choose from
still very great game you can easly get lost in its gameplay ..then get lost in its modplay
i only played it online a few times before they cut the servers in the shutdown ..but im sure you can still play online with hamachi or evolve or whatever other thing for lan play.