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Buy it cheap and it'll please
on 21 January 2004
I'll try to keep this review short. 'Rogue Leader' looks good, sounds great, plays quite well. The game really will take you back to the scenes from the original Star Wars films; your first level (although it sounds a bit extreme) is the Deathstar and trench run; the get to pull down the big walkers on snowy Hoth (remember 'The Empire Strikes Back'?); you visit cloud city; you get to man the gun turret of the Millennium Falcon, and it's fun. Where the game most lets you down is with the 'filler' levels, most of which are grey, slow and uneventful.
The game also has the capacity to annoy; the enemy ships will literally fly into you and cost you a life. Yes, it's their job to attack you, but that just struck me as stupid. Cut-scenes, the first time you see them, look good, but until you complete a level and return to it, if you die during a level, the game forces you to watch the cut scenes again, and again, and again, without letting you skip them. Why game testers didn't raise a hand and say 'you know, that's really quite irritating the fifth time around,' I don't know.
However, there have been a lot of Star Wars games produced opver the years, most of them pretty poor, and Rogue Leader is one of the better ones. If you're a Star Wars fan you'll probably love it, but if you just like playing good games, you'll enjoy it about 70% of the time, but might not feel all that compelled to return to it once you've finished the last mission.
Like I said at the top; get hold of a copy cheap and you probably won't complain.