Excerpt: With the prospect of the third and final episode of Star Wars on the horizon, I could not wait for the release of Republic Commando. LucasArts has a track record of releasing sub-par games that sell big only because the Star Wars label is plastered on the packaging.
Conclusion: It's innovative, but hardly a must-buy, except for the diehard fan, and even those poor souls will probably get everything they need out of this game in a single rental.
Pros: The great squad mechanics and AI, plus the first-ever use of both defibrillators and laser-powered windshield wipers (lightwipers?) in a squad-based first-person shooter. Also, Wookies occasionally throw bad guys around like bundles of laundry.
Cons: You finish the single-player campaign after a dozen hours or so, only to find the multiplayer options are few in number and boring in nature. Or maybe long beforehand, when you realize that, based on every available source, an average Jedi would've breezed through all the game's situations in abo...
Summary: Parents need to know that there are few language concerns or sexual references. Also the game encourages teamwork and some creative thinking. However, there is significant violence, some of it graphic and gory.
Excerpt: Regardless of what you felt about the latest Star Wars movies, the one extremely cool plot device was the development and deployment of the clone army. Not only did it provide a great battle sequence at the end of Episode 2, it gave an indication as to where Darth Vader would get his seemingly...
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Star Wars: Republic Commando is a good game that comfortably combines the high standards of current shooters with the Star Wars mythos to create a truly enjoyable gameplay experience.