Star Wars: Obi-Wan
- Fast-paced battles in 3D environments
- More than 15 levels
- Force abilities include push, pull, throw, defend, and jump
- Face Jedi Masters such as Mace Windu, Ki-Adi-Mundi and Saesee Tiin
- 1-2 players
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- Platform: Xbox
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: Video Game
A long time ago, LucasArts established a sterling reputation with their classic X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and Monkey Island games. But recent efforts have varied widely in quality. Some games, like X-Wing Alliance, were outstanding. Others, such as Force Commander, were better left unreleased. Obi-Wan is LucasArts's first Star Wars: Episode I adventure game for the Xbox.
Obi-Wan chronicles the adventures of young Obi-Wan Kenobi across five acts as he battles the evil Trade Federation, the Black Heth crime organisation, and other assorted baddies. The story is nothing new, and it's hampered a bit by the Episode I setting, which simply isn't as compelling as the setting of the classic Star Wars stories.
Since you play as Obi-Wan, the primary weapon in your arsenal is the lightsaber. Using a third-person view, you use the left thumbstick to control Obi-Wan and the right thumbstick to control the lightsaber. In principle this sounds fantastic, but in practice it's a little difficult to master as camera angles can change whilst you are in the middle of a battle.
Graphically, Obi-Wan is OK, but not brilliant. It fails to take full advantage of the Xbox's fancy graphics hardware, and the environments are empty and plain, although the shadows and light effects are worth mentioning. The worse thing in the game is probably the voice acting (Obi-Wan sounds like Mike Myers doing a bad Scottish accent), and the all-too-frequent cinematic cut scenes look like they were slapped together in five minutes.
There are some tiny diamonds in the rough, such as the ability to use Force powers to throw objects at enemies or pull weapons out of their hands which makes fighting multiple enemies a lot easier. A feature sure to please fans of the dramatic saber fights in Episode I is the multiplayer Jedi Battles mode. This mode lets you and a buddy engage in fierce Jedi duels, using characters from the movie and game. Unfortunately, these few nice touches aren't enough to make this a classic game.--Jason Winter
Join the legendary Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi as he takes on the worst scum and villainy the galaxy has to offer in level after level of fast-paced action. In Star Wars: Obi-Wan, you'll call upon the Force and your powerful lightsaber as you face a mysterious new enemy, a droid assassin, and a devious plot that could dramatically shift the balance of power in the universe. Fight your way through an underworld trail of munitions dealers and crime lords--from the lowest depths of Coruscant and dusty Tatooine to the lush city of Theed. The Force is in your hands.
Wield Obi-Wan's considerable Force powers, Jedi agility, and lightsaber in more than 15 action-packed levels. Force abilities include Force attack, push, pull, throw, defend, and jump. You can also tune your skills in up to six two-player arenas, facing Jedi Masters such as Mace Windu, Ki-Adi-Mundi, and Saesee Tiin. An original story line brings you face-to-face with a host of new and familiar enemies, ranging from Tusken Raiders and assassin droids to the evil Sith Darth Maul.
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Top Customer Reviews
The force powers offered are extremely interesting and well executed. With force attack, defend, pull (which allows Obi-Wan to steal an enemy's weapon), push, jump, throw (which allows Obi-Wan to use the force to throw nearby objects at enemies), lightsabre throw (which allows Obi-Wan to throw his lightsabre and take out enemies from a distance) and even force see, which allows the player to slow down time May Payne style and make those tricky lightsabre duals easier and more interesting.
The lightsabre controls are possibly the most unique and effective I have ever seen in a 'Star Wars' game, with the entire right thumbstick being dedicated to lightsabre movement, allowing total control and infinite possibilities. The other controls are very well suited to the Xbox controller, making the gameplay very enjoyable. A targeting system can even be used to target the enemy and make those lightsabre attacks more effective.Read more ›
The graphics are superbly good in Star Wars obi wan, and almost nothing to complain about, apart from the fact that if your asking a scared villager if he can give you some grenades it takes him a while to realise your there.
With 18 jam - packed brilliant levels, this game is going to take you ages to complete, not to mention the fun you get with your friends when you go on 2 player mode.
You could probably get this game for around 10 to 15 pounds as it was released quite along time ago. Still, I would seriously recommend it to you.
I would say this game is only for the die-hard Star Wars fans.
Unfortunately this experience doesn't quite carry what is a pretty tame game. The method of controlling your light sabre is almost good enough to make up for the shortcomings of this game, however the novelty of this soon wears thin, and you start to notice the poor character detail and the bland level design. Die hard star wars fans have probably played much better games on a pc. This game is the first real let down I have experienced on the X box...Stick to HALO if you want a sci fi battle worth the £300 you have paid for your console.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a big Star wars fan and although this isn't up to the level of the KOTOR games or star wars books, it still provided me with hours of fun. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2008 by Ruler01
Okay I have to admit that, upon reading reviews in magazines such as Gamesmaster, that Obi Wan was only average that my expectations weren't high. Read morePublished on 26 July 2007 by D. Climo
The premise for this game is plausible and full of potential, but the result is drab and unremittingly dull, containing nothing worthy of the Xbox. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2004 by Thomas Pots
The premise for this game is plausible and full of potential, but the result is drab and unremittingly dull, containing nothing worthy of the Xbox. Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2004 by Thomas Pots