Star Wars Episode III

May 31, 2005

[floatleft][/floatleft]The Collective is a respected developer when it comes to action games. Makers of the fun [i]Buffy the Vampire Slayer[/i], the dev team gets a shot at a [i]Star Wars[/i] game. Recently, [i]Star Wars[/i] games have had a string of great video games, most known being [i]Knights of the Old Republic[/i] and [i]Republic Commando[/i]. With a [i]Star Wars[/i] game comes a legion of fans and high production values. We can expect the same from [i]Revenge of the Sith[/i], high production values, and fun gameplay.

[heading]Aggressive negotiations[/heading]

Action games are usually pretty shallow on storyline and high on bells and whistles. [i]Revenge of the Sith[/i] is an action-packed game where you take on the role of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, or the troubled young Anakin Skywalker (no relation to Luke Skywalker, well actually come to think of it there is). You take your lightsaber and Force powers into a series of missions. For each mission you control one of the Jedi as you play through parts of the movie. It’s very simple. The gameplay is pretty straightforward: clear out a room with some of your amazing looking saber combos and earn experience as you go. After the level, you get to upgrade your Force powers and move sets, making them all stronger for the missions ahead. The best part, however, is the Jedi-on-Jedi battles. The battles are broken up Tekken style where the action gets hot and intense. This is where you’ll find the meat and potatoes of the video game. It’s amazing how the choreography of the battle sequences look as you parry and attack. Beautiful stuff.

[heading]Want story, see the movie.[/heading]

[floatright][/floatright]Story is not the strong point of this game. As a matter of fact, after waiting to see the movie before playing the game, the storyline is terrible. While you get some clips of the movie incorporated with the cut scenes (which by themselves are actually good), the clip to scene transition is weak, and a whole lot of the story is left out. As a matter of fact, if you did not see the movie, you have no idea what is going on. Then again, if you’re playing this game, chances are you have seen the movie anyways. The voice acting is full of drama and adds to the depth of the characters, although throughout battle the phrases they utter can get to be repetitive and annoying.

You do get to unlock some cool bonus missions in the game that allow you to play as some other characters including General Grievous and Darth Vader himself (in the [i]Episode IV[/i] duel with Ben Kenobi, no less). Although it’s not the coolest feature in the world, it’s appreciated.

As you play the game, you can unlock multiplayer duelists and engage in some Jedi-on-Jedi battles. While it’s not as deep as say [i]Soul Calibur[/i], it is pretty fun if you have a friend over.

[floatleft][/floatleft][heading]Fanboy’s ho![/heading]

[i]Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith[/i] is a fun video game. Now since the gamer world is full of elitism (myself included), it’s nice to get away and play a fun game dedicated to something I love dearly. As a game, it’s shallow, fun, and short. Basically it is what it isA

Score: 2/5

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