Well it's been a while since a new star wars game has captured the publics attention like this, and after picking it up yesterday at my local gamestop, (surprisingly they're were just tons of them sitting on the shelves after i heard from the employees that you wouldn't get a reserved copy in alteast a month) here, is a brief review of my first impressions. Overview: Well right now i'm on the third level, but the basic overview of the game is, your Darth Vaders *SECRET* apprentice and you go out to complete certain tasks, so far, your just hunting down the remaining Jedi. Story: (Minor spoilers) 8/10 You begin as darth vader, you come across the son of the jedi which darth vader had come to kill, (i'm guessing he got his attention becaues right before Vader dealt the killing blow to his father, he grabbed the light saber from him using the force XD ), so far it seems interesting and i hope it continues to be. Gameplay: 9.5/10 the gameplay is very engaging, you can upgrade powers, get temporary powerups, and unlock new powers. The physics are also quite amazing, in one of the beggining levels i bent the steel column of a bridge to take out a Tie Fighter, and that's just one example, picking up people and tossing them aside is amazingly more fun then how it looks, as if they were just a minor annoyance, or you can get creative and use the environment. The light saber combat so far, seems to be pretty dull, but with combo upgrades and light saber unlockable moves, it seems to be a very promising weapon, so i won't take away any points for it. The enemy AI doesn't seem to be too complex but they'll try to stay alive, get behind any cover, dodge (or, atleast, TRY to dodge) thrown objects and they work really well in teams. Boss battles are also fun because of the finishers you do to them which are brought on by button pressing sequences that string together so, uniquely well. And so far there are very minimal, if any bugs, because i haven't seen one yet. Graphics: 8.5/10 Although during cinimatic moments you'll often be amazed at how good the graphics are and you'll really be saying in your head (WOW, i almsot forgot that's the actual engine), but during gameplay, it doesn't seem too glamorous for some reason, i mean it's good, but for some reason it doesn't look AS good during the cut scenes. But the lightings great, the detail is all there, and i've also had the chance to play it on a 1080i, 52 inch, LCD TV, which looks pretty fantastic. The main reason i've rated it 8.5 is because of the difference between the cut scenes and gameplay (it's probably the depth of field they add into the cut scenes), that and i've encountered a two, although minor, slow downs. Controls: 8/10 Although it has a learning curve of about 15 - 20 minutes, the controls are pretty natural, they're not clunky and they respond perfectly and, they're very easy to manage. Why are you asking that i made it an 8/10 then? Well, the camera seems to be a nuisance alot of the time when your fighting, since if you don't move it, it will only keep adjusting the distance it is from the character, which has been the downfall of me twice because i've had to keep the camera at the same speed i'm playing at. Extra Content/Replayability: 9.5/10 The game has tons of replayability because of how large and open the levels are with all of the physics in place, and you can select levels to replay at any time. There's also a databank that can give you information about all the vehicles, characters, and locations in the game, along with downloadable content and many different outfits for your character. Overview: 9/10 There's no doubt in my mind that this is one of the funnest star wars games i've ever played, it's got amazing physics, above average AI, great graphics, excessivley entertaining gameplay, great replayability, and enough extra content to choke a horse. If your a star wars fan, sell your blood, your hair, and anything else on your body that grows back because you'll definately HAVE to play this game to be called a star wars fan at all, if your not a fan but your interested in it, i'd definately recommend selling a few old systems/games you no longer need/want, if your just an average joe who enjoys gaming, then at the very least i'd recommend you borrowing it from a friend. Greatest game ever? Not quite, a pretty damn good game worth trying once? Yes. And also let me point out, this game, although not the second coming of christ everyone made it out to be, is pretty fun, so fun, that i regret not caring or paying much attention to it at all before. And unlike spore, it lives up to alot of what was said about it, and more in some cases.
1st January 2005
bud389;4582183If your a star wars fan, sell your blood, your hair, and anything else on your body that grows back because you'll definately HAVE to play this game to be called a star wars fan at all...
That's a hard analogy to take for those of us whom are dedicated Star Wars PC fans. Now they may be simply adhering to a NDA contract with their console partners, but if they are planning a PC version and not telling us, they're literally killing us with the silent treatment.
Despite 1000's of posts on their forum asking why no PC version, they've not so much as even said something to the effect of no PC version planned "at this time". Instead they don't care if the many fans whom in the past always had PC versions to play lose interest in the franchise.
29th January 2005
I haven't played it myself, I'll have to see if a friend of mine has it. Thanks for taking the time to typing up your impression Bud, but I don't think I'm sold. Your review seems a bit too enthusiastic, especially compared to other reviews.
Question to keep this on topic - when you play, is the player's movement fluid or rough?
The jumping seems a bit rough, but other than that it's pretty smooth IMO
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
The game could be so incredible that you orgasm just from playing it.... even still, No PC = No Care
Well as to the review you gave, excellent I was mad when I watched the Xplay review, half the stuff he said was nothing more than operator error! It's not their fault he just can't throw a flippin canister at someone or open a door, lol. Though he did say there is a glitch at the last level where there is a problem with the holocron, force point counters, and the bonus objective, but nothing the auto update feature can't handle I'm sure
We will rule you
17th August 2007
i would go with the no pc=no care idealogy but i have a wii that just sits there. getting mocked by my pc's. so if the wii version comes out well, ill get it for the wii.
1st January 2005
The Wii is just for exercise so you don't get too lazy. With your Cross Country though, you're already getting plenty of that, at least in the fall anyway.
Commissar MercZ;4583028I haven't played it myself, I'll have to see if a friend of mine has it. Thanks for taking the time to typing up your impression Bud, but I don't think I'm sold. Your review seems a bit too enthusiastic, especially compared to other reviews. Question to keep this on topic - when you play, is the player's movement fluid or rough?
Other peoples reviews or my other reviews?
Nature's best screw up.
27th July 2005
I'm assuming he meant other people's reviews, like IGN or GameSpot.