Review by Pie Penguin
"A new Era for Star Wars greatness!"
This game was hardly advertised prior to its release. It didn't seem too popular at first, but it took off. Few knew of the style of play that this game has since many games of this genre are different; this would be like no other.
This game is pretty sweet in this area. The map details are very well done and are actually quite beautiful, in example, the docks of Kashyyyk. The forested landscape with the tall towers and buildings brings a type of majestic aurora to the game that few have. The NPCs are detailed well too. Your teammates and opponents resemble the characters that they are. They have the facial and movement detail that you would expect form a game of higher calibur.
The game was put in a 3rd and 1st person view, each one with good and bad points; however, it is more good. The 3rd person view is pretty awesome, it gives you an overall roundness of the character, a lot like Max Payne. You can see more but your accuracy is not affected. 1st person gets the accuracy to the maximum, with little interuption. 3rd can be a bit annoying at times; turning with the two d-pads can get confusing with this game, especially on vehicles and steering machines. 1st is limited and you might not even realize that you are being shot from behind.
The vehicles are pretty cool. However limited, they add a lot of fun to the battle. You will need practice at making your most with them. An AT-AT and missle turrets can be a PAIN though, turning these beast can take crutial time in the battle and could possibly ruin your opprotunity to create distruction with them if you are turining just a few degrees for a better shot. The faster vehicles are pretty good at moving. The starfighters take a lot of work to get used to; they use the left thumbstick as a joystick. Many modern games require 2 thumbsticks for work, but the game puts it in one, for a requrement of mastery, like pilots that they are.
The sound is cool, a constant blur of noises is always ringing the speakers. This game simulates the sounds of a really great battle. The laser noises and the mechanical movements add a lot to the game, but you will find yourself more absorbed in the game to notice the sounds. But they still are pretty impressive, with the minor note that you can be shot from 2 feet away and not hear your opponent worth anything.
There is no real story. You can play the previous movie battles (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and the newer ones (Phantom Menace, Clone Wars). The story is just that you move from plannet to plannet and saga to saga of the Star Wars world. There is few VIPs and important cut-scenes that signify any story. It does follow the storylines and great battle of the movies, so it gets an OK with that.
Replay Value: 8/10
This game is WORTH buying deffinitely. It is LIVE compatible with a friends list and with that, you can have a new battle every time you play. If you don't have LIVE, then you can connect for a massive 2-24 player brawl out. Either way, along with a good single player, adds a lot of great hours to the game.
This games is the first of they style in Star Wars history; the ticket use style. With every death, your team loses a ticket, so whoever loses the most tickets will (most likely) lose the battle. Many games are turning to this style, like Medal of Honor and Battlefield 1942. This game adds itself to these titles of greatness...and it's an XBOX game too, so you win just with that!
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 10/28/04
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