Review by Hank

"There was Shadows of the Empire, then there was Rouge Squadron, and now this. It gets better everytime."

In 1998, there were many big titles released for the N64. Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, and, of course, Star Wars: Rouge Squadron. So in 2000, the big titles are Zelda: Majora's Mask, Turok 3, so it makes since for a new Star Wars title. Is Battle for Naboo better than Rouge Squadron? Read on to find out.

ESRB Rating: Teen
Number of Players: 1
Supports: Expansion Pak, Rumble Pak
Developer: Factor 5
Publisher: LucasArts

Graphics: 9/10
The visuals are excellent, some of the best seen on the console. It puts many titles to shame. The vehicles have excellent animation as do the ground enemies. The explosions are great, with great animation as well. The framerate is pretty smooth, no noticeable slowdown. There is no fog, except in certain levels where it is used for effect. The only problem is the cardboard trees, but you can't always get everything perfect.

Sound: 10/10
Music, sound effects, voice, it's all here. The music in the opening scene sounds almost identical to the movie. The music in the levels is good. The sound effects help out, with lasers blasting, and the hovercrafts humming. There's a lot of voice in the game, crisp and clear, and there's more than just in the actual game, but you'll have to figure that out for yourself. You've got to love Factor 5's voice compression system.

Control: 9/10
It's nearly identical to Rouge Squadron, which means almost no problems. The only problem I have is turning. It can be difficult to turn sometimes. Otherwise, you just shoot, accelerate, brake, and move. It's not that hard to get used to. The layout could have been slightly better, though.

Gameplay: 9/10
The series just gets better with each game. Hopefully, this will last you until Rouge Leader later this year. If you like shooters, you'll like this game. The game packs some challenge, as it can get quite difficult at times. The game has some replay value, as you can get bronze, silver, and gold medals, but you won't worry as much about these as getting to the next mission. You can go into space in this game, unlike the other game. You didn't have any missions in space in Rouge Squadron.

Overall: 9/10
In the end, you won't regret picking up this title. It's a lot of fun, and it'll last you awhile, but the inclusion of some multiplayer would have been nice. But the game has excellent graphics, sound, control, and gameplay to last till next year, or until Rouge Leader is released.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 09/17/01, Updated 09/17/01

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