New system, new Star Wars
adventure. LucasArts' no-brainer approach to the PlayStation 2 looks great and plays even better. Star Wars Starfighter
is modelled after LucasArts' long-running flight-sim series. Thankfully, the game is fully loaded with plenty of vehicles from the Star Wars
universe--which should put early fears to rest that the game would only include a few Episode 1
vehicles. On the PlayStation 2, this game looks incredible. The terrain detail is breathtaking, with long distances stretching out between you and the horizon. The environments are quite varied from the looks of things, with fighting taking place both within a planet's atmosphere and in the lonely recesses of space. Since it's a console game, the controls are very simplistic, yet sport some interesting features. Players can freely switch between highlighted targets and can use a zoom lens to easily take out all droid invaders.
The cinematic sequences stitched throughout the game are brought to life with sharp, real-time cut-scenes, and all of Starfighter's effects are light-years ahead of anything you've previously seen on a console.
This PlayStation 2 Star Warsflight game demonstrates the best use yet of the high-profile license. Putting players in the pilot seat of a TIE fighter or an X-Wing is sure to answer the fantasies of millions-upon-millions of dedicated fans. --Todd Mowatt
Star Wars Starfighter
brings air and space combat to the PlayStation 2, combining the action of Rogue Squadron
with the plots of the X-Wing
series for an engrossing gaming experience. The story, inspired by the The Phantom Menace
, will have you trying to save Naboo from invasion by the treacherous Trade Federation. There are three pilots to choose from, each with a different ship. Rhys is a cocky Naboo pilot-in-training. His Naboo N-1 starfighter is quick, agile, and adept at dogfighting, and armed with proton torpedoes, laser cannons, and deflector shields. Vana, a Naboo expatriate, roams the galaxy contracting her services as a gun for hire. Her ship, the Guardian, is ultra-fast and equipped with stealth capabilities, sensors, tracking devices and a variety of weaponry. Nym is an alien pirate who lives a Robin Hood existence in the shadows of the Naboo system. He pilots the Havoc, a starship outfitted with powerful bombs, lasers, rotating turret gun, and heavy shielding.