You control the Jedi leading the Republic's clone army, sometimes fighting as Anakin, Obi-Wan, Mace Windu or other familiar Jedi, as the war takes you from planet to planet. As the leader, you may issue squad commands to team-mates, allowing them to act independently and assist you in your mission. Your ships and weapons are varied, giving you the pleasure of piloting everything from zippy speeder bikes to the impressive Republic Gunship. Soar over ice fields and desertscapes, or manoeuvre through labyrinthine galactic scrap yards, leaving robotic wreckage behind as you blast through enemy ranks. And every so often you actually get to use your lightsaber, too.
The game is fun to play, and the controls easy to master--but you won't find a lot new or challenging if you're an experienced gamer. Also, unlike its sibling, Bounty Hunter, the graphics leave a bit to be desired--but luckily this aspect of the game doesn't detract much from the gameplay. The pure pleasure in this game lies in becoming a part of the Star Wars universe. And, of course, blowing up robots. --Maile Bohlmann
Umm... Give me a minute, I'll think of something... Well, the title screen aboard the bridge of a Republic Transport (looks like a Star Destroyer bridge but has Clone Troopers and Astromech Droids walking around) looks pretty cool. The all too few levels in which you get to pilot the Republic Gunship are good fun, revisiting the enjoyment of 'Starfighter' and 'Jedi Starfighter'.
Now here, I'll have no trouble coming up with ideas! The graphics are awful, looking more like those of a PS1 most of the time. Worse than the graphics, however, is the voice acting, I literally cringe whenever I hear the terrible attempts at Dooku, Yoda, Mace and Anakin impressions. As for the voice of Obi-Wan, let's just say that I had problems resisting the urge to pull my own ears off just to make it stop! The missions are linear and generally repetetive, meaning that there is absolutely no replay value (except, as I say, on the Gunship levels). However, this game's worst crime is giving you levels in which you can walk around in person swinging your lightsaber and then making those levels the most dreadful gaming experience ever! Fans of the Star Wars Universe (like myself) might also be annoyed by the sudden appearance of this Dark Reaper, which supposedly killed thousands of Jedi in the Sith War and yet, strangely, was never mentioned in 'The Sith War' comics.
If you have a PS2 and want a Star Wars game choose 'Bounty Hunter', or failing that, 'Jedi Starfighter'. Leave this well alone!