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4.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars Episode one the phantom menace..... This game ironically can actually be quite menacing, 26 Nov 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace / Game (CD-ROM)
Back in 1999 the then brand new Star Wars prequel was created Star Wars Episode one the phantom menance. Most of you have probably seen that film so you know the plot of the story. A short while later The Phantom menance was made into a game for both PC and PS1. Both versions of the game are virtually identical except that the PS1 obviously uses a joypad compared to a pc keyboard. This game follows the story of the film however to make it longer the game designers lengthened some of the levels, but fear not they did a good job it could of easily come out of the film.

So to begin with there is the usual Star Wars introduction screen with the story, followed by a cutscene of the Republic ship arriving on the droid control ship. Now the game starts with Obi Wan saying "I have a bad feeling about this" Oh dear! From this point onwards you will learn that the voice acting in this game is tedious! I mean I don't care for the prequel films but this voice acting sounds so scripted and wooden! In fact the only good sound in this game is the score that comes straight out of the film; including new pieces of music, and Ben Burt's brilliant sound effects.

On the same subject the voice cast actually includes 2 actors from the film Jake Lloyd, and Ahmed Best ugh! I have to say even they add nothing to the tedious voice acting!

The gameplay in my opinion is what makes this game fun. The phantom menance is a third person platform game and you play as Obi Wan and Qui Gon, Padme, and Panaka. As the Jedi you have the ability to force push an enemy over and switches that are hard to reach, mind trick people in conversations, and of course you wield a lightsaber! Being able to wield a lightsaber also means you can reflect blaster bolts shooting at you and of course slice and dice everything... within reason!
Padme and Panaka aren't as good as the Jedi but Padme certainly surpasses Panaka. Panaka is probably the worst character in the game, he's slow, can't jump very high and seems to die quite easily when he's under ai control! Padme has a stunner gun which is very good for attacking droids with, and Panaka has a normal blaster.

This game is also something of an rpg game and as you get to the later levels particularly Mos Espa, you have to trade items with different people to progress, you can even trade items for weapons like Thermal Detonator's as a bonus. Dialogue and lots of conversation choices to respond to are also part of the gameplay, and this can result in some hilarious moments when you can choose either to be polite or rude to people... However sometimes saying something nasty can result in injury so be ready with your weapon!

Last but not least the graphics aren't brilliant then again for the time this game was made, the graphics back then were state of the art. The graphics aren't what make this game fun though and are in my opinion irrelevant!

Overall I give this game a 4 out of 5. I don't love it but I do like it, if you're a star wars fan it's like being able to roam around the Star Wars universe; including an encounter with Jabba. This game is definately not one of the worst movie based games out there, however it isn't the best either! Jar Jar is unfortunately in it too, but then again this is an Episode one game and his presence thankfully is quite brief.
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