6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fun but Flawed,
This review is from: Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles (PS) (Video Game)
It would probably be fair to say that Star Wars games have not converted at all well onto games consoles. Jedi Power Battles is better than most.
The game can be great fun on the one hand but also incredibly frustrating on the other. On the plus side, the characters have the ability to learn a range of nifty new attacks and force powers. Furthermore by beating the game with different characters allows the unlocking of secret characters (i.e Darth Maul) and additional levels.
The sound, lifted straight from the movie is also very good.
On the downside, the characters' animation is often jittery, indeed the graphics in general are not the best thing about the game. The controls could certainly be better (some of combinations which your characters 'learns' are nigh-on-impossible to execute).
My main gripe is with unhelpful camera angles. I assure you that players will die far more times through falling than actually fighting. Jumping itself can be hard to perform thanks to slightly dodgy controls or because the camera angle can be very unhelpful. At times one cannot execute a jump the with any real conviction - leaps of pure faith are not uncommon. Death from rather innoculous looking hights is also fairly annoying as well.
Still the game does have its moments. Your ememies appear in a variety of forms from Battledroids, Tusken Warriors, Mercanaries through to Darth Maul himself.
Attempts have been made to vary the game play, for example, you get the opportunity to make use of some Trade Federation vehicles. Another plus is the availability of a two player mode. This is fun, but again can be problematic due to unhelpful camera angles which means that jumping has to be a closely co-ordinated affair.
All in all I would just about recommend the game to players in general. I'm sure that Star Wars fans would appreciate it more than most.
I would rate the level of difficulty as medium.