Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter (PS2)
- Set just before the events of Star Wars: Episode II
- Investigate a secessionist movement in the Karthakk system
- Fly the Republic's new prototype Jedi starfighter
- 20 story-based missions
- 1-2 players
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: Video Game
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The galaxy is in turmoil as the events of Star Wars: Episode II rapidly approach. Mace Windu dispatches one of the Council's top Jedi, Adi Gallia, to investigate disturbances in the Karthakk system, as a secessionist movement threatens to expand. Using the Republic's new prototype Jedi starfighter, Adi Gallia sets out on missions which lead into events depicted in the Episode II film. She quickly gains an upper hand in space battles through Force powers, but will these be enough to counter the massive fleet of the evil Captain Toth and a mysterious figure that threatens the very foundations of the Galactic Republic system?
You will fly the new Jedi starfighter and get a preview of characters and events from the film. There is single and dual player action in over 20 story-based missions: fly all missions cooperatively with a friend, or in single-player mode, in a variety of spacecraft. There are over 40 new craft, including massive capital ships, three new flyable fighters, new enemy craft, and more.
Jedi Starfighter is the latest in that much abused of gaming genres, the Star Wars game. Included in the few gems was Jedi's prequel, Star Wars: Starfighter, a cockpit-view shooter that stood out among early PS2 titles. Jedi serves more as an extra set of missions than a full-blown follow-up, but there are some new features and the gameplay feels a lot smoother. The finest of these new additions are the Force weapons; when playing as the Starfighter itself, you're able to utilise the Force to unleash mass devastation on your foes. The 15 missions alternate between control of this craft and a more robust ship well stocked with missiles; despite being based around a basic protect-and-shoot premise, the missions are nicely varied in style.
The controls are baffling at first but you'll soon be pulling off some outrageous manoeuvres as you hunt down the enemy ships while issuing commands to your comrades. The graphics in these dogfights are fantastic, especially when using the zoom option, but larger ships tend to explode in a less than convincing fashion. The lack of recognisable characters, bar an appearance from Mace Windu and a Yoda voiceover, does detract, as does the lack of the classic Star Wars ships (the game is based indirectly on Episode 2). This is partially made up for by an unlockable Tie Fighter along with some new missions and some truly bizarre bonus material. While being a bit too similar to the previous game to warrant buying both, Jedi Starfighter is a very accomplished title that only suffers slightly from its repetitive nature.--Jonathan WinterSee all Product description
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A great asset to this game is the lifespan it offers, there are over 20 big missions with the availability of unlocking secrets to be found in a bonus section, allowing you to take control of advanced starfighters, republic gunships and so i've heard even the x wing.
Speech and music effects in the game add a witty rapport, with Schwarzenegger-esque one liners adding a certain humour to the eye watering explosion fest of a space fighter shoot-em-up.
There is also a cooperative mode available to play on all the standard 20+ missions, allowing the pacifist friends in your life to enjoy a game without the threat of being blasted to bits by the white knuckled action hero who says its for your own good.
Overall, this game is similar to the previous starfighter but smoother graphics and better gameplay make it an essential for all star wars fans and also a good choice for all space combat lovers.
The game takes place during the time of Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but has very little reference to it, in fact it is an almost brand new plot. You are Jedi Master Adi Gallia who has been given charge of a prototype of the Jedi Starfighter, the ship Obi-Wan Kenobi flew in the film. As a means of testing this new fighter, Adi has been sent to the Karthaak system to investigate disturbances there. Almost immediately you are catapulted into a deadly scheme coordinated by the Trade Federation and Cavik Toth's mercenary army, in which they are planning to use devestating 'Hex' weapons to win the war against the Republic. Only a small Revenent force led by Nym opposes them.
As far as gameplay is concerned it is very similar to Starfighter, but for those who are new to the series it can seem very confusing, especially on some of the later levels where the area is literally crammed with starfighters and starships. But the game provides 5 training missions seperate to the story at the beginning which can help you familiarise yourself with the controls and how the game works. You can play as Adi or Nym, depending on which mission you're on, and thanks to the new 2 player co-operative system, Player 2 can control 2 otherwise unplayable characters.
In addition to your regular lasers, whilst controlling the Jedi Starfighter you have the option of 4 different 'Force' Powers which become available during the game, such as Force Lightning and Force Shield. Nym has a devestating host of secondary weapons such as cruise missiles and proximity bombs. The other two characters also have their own unique secondary weapons.
The main downside to the game is that it is rather short, yet a wide variety of bonus features, such as 5 unique player 1 secret missions including one involving Jango Fett and Slave 1, 5 secret player 2 missions including a classic dogfight between X-wings and Tie Fighters, and a whole host of unlockable craft, such as the X-Wing, Tie Fighter, the Republic Gunship and Slave 1 which you can all select to play as in any mission. You can also unlock some humourous and often quite bizarre bonus footage.
No doubt that Jedi Starfighter is a fantastic game, and with it now being so cheap it is a must for any Star Wars fan, and may even convert those with whom the force is weakest.
You play as a pilot of a starfighter tasked with...shooting things, bombing things and shooting and bombing things and so on. The game is based on an aspect of the Star Wars story.
Flight wise the game is really good fun. However, sometimes I felt I was a gunner in a turret strapped to a spaceship rather than a fighter pilot. The controls are simple enough but the HUD is overly complicated. Force powers can be used as weapons as well. These can be effective if used correctly.
The problem with the game is that it gets frantic or time critical on some levels. Itself not an issue, but some objectives are not clear or you have difficulty working out friend from foe. Otherwise it is an enjoyable shooter with a space theme. Some of the levels are planet based. Try the tutorial as it is useful.
I did think that this was more of a shooter than a space flight sim but if you are a fan of Star Wars it is worth trying out.
Jedi Starfighter is one of my favourite games, and has tremendous replay value with three difficulty settings and a co-operative mode. Many who have the original game will probably not get this as you'll think that they are too similar, you're wrong, this is a classic Star Wars game that both fans of the movies and newcomers(if that's possible?) will enjoy.
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Many will say its too short and too easy. They have a point and thats why its only got 4 out of 5 stars.Read more