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Don't get too carried away guys!
on 4 April 2005
Be cautious of the other reviews, they have rated this game too highly!
First off, it is good fun. However, there are failings:
As has often been mentioned in other reviews there are only three locations in the game. Sorry Lucasarts that isn't quite enough. Why not tie in some planets not directly linked to the fighting in Episode 2/3 Clone Wars? Kamino, Coruscant and Tatooine are all possible candidates.
There is not enough variety in enemies and weaponry. Also it would have been fun to preselect attachments/ alternative weapons prior to combat. How about a prototype stormtrooper blaster or some of the weapons featured in the KOTOR universe?
The second level (the ghost ship) totally sucks until you start fighting droids again. Most of the weapons you can pick up are often so bad there is little point.
On the plus side...
Combat is addictive and, with the exception of fighting the Trendoshans, pretty exciting. Ordering your team around feels organic and is pretty straightforward (bearing in mind that I hate games like Ghost Recon this is high praise indeed!) The squad feels pretty integrated rather than a bolt on gimmick.
Edge magazine was not impressed with Republic Commando's attempts at distancing itself from Star Wars lore e.g no scrolling intro, no lightsabers etc. Personally I feel this is a little unfair. It makes a change to see a LucasArts game without these things for once. Quite frankly the Starwars universe is big and varied enough to cope with elaboration and a bit of diversity.
The graphics, sound and music are excellent, weapons are satisfying soundeffects wise and squad member's comments are often wittier and more amusing than you would expect. Anyone who watches the extra 'making of' features will appreciate that the developers have really tried to do something a bit different. Lazy cash in this isn't.
What was less successful was that the commando squad was essentially one based on american stereotypes e.g gobby 'hacker', psychotic/patriotic 'combat specialist' etc. Fundamentally these are similar characters to those shown in Full Spectrum Warrior/any american war film or game you care too mention! and unfortunately undermines the 'belief' that you are in the star wars universe.
Many of the other reviews have given fair assessments of the game but 4 or 5 stars is just too high. Difficulty swerves between ridiculously easy and absurdly tough and many people might find themselves persevering with, rather than enjoying the game.
More expansive levels and a more subtle approach to set pieces (as in Halo 1- not 2!)would have evolved this into something special. Nevertheless a promising sign of fresh thinking from the bearded one's developers...