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Finally, the One to bring balance to the Force...
on August 31, 2001
...at least on the Playstation, that is. It's about time we get a good Star Wars game on this system. It may not be a masterpiece, but it's certainly good enough to restore just a LITTLE faith in LucasArts.
I'll start with some of the negatives that have been brought up: 1) There is no reverse button. Really, once you get good at the game, you don't need a reverse button, but I still think it would be good to have one just the same. 2) The graphics, while excellent for the most part, can also make some things very hard to see, especially thermal detonators on the ground and smaller vehicles (Aurra Sing, Darth Maul, Leia, and especially Boba Fett). 3) Worst of all, this game has a bad habit of freezing up during loading screens, more often than any other that I've ever played.
Now, after considering those things, I kept at it, and I find that this game is actually really fun. Some have complained that it's too hard, but that's just something to be remedied by practice and strategy. After awhile, I found myself feeling that it was too easy.
The other complaint is that the storyline is not consistent with Star Wars, but come on. Even the games that were supposed to be directly based on the movies did not follow the movie scripts to the letter! If they did, there really would not be much of a game. Besides, the Star Wars Universe has plenty of openings for alternate storylines. Just look at all the novels, fanfics, and RPGs out there.
I also like the music in this game, being remixes of the original Star Wars songs. They really manage to keep a good pace and tempo to suit all the action in the game.
I will admit, too, that at first I did not like the control scheme. I don't like having to use those L & R buttons so much. However, when you get down to it, there is really no other way that the controls in this game could have been set up without being horribly awkward. This is not really a design flaw of the game, it's a limitation of the Playstation controller. I also think it would have been a good idea for some of these vehicles to have the ability to pitch forward and back (that is, move up and down) instead of just left and right. It's unrealistic without this: a snowspeeder should handle like a jet, not a sports car.
Other than these minor gripes though, I actually had a lot of fun with this game. It's certainly not perfect, but it's much more enjoyable than other PSX Star Wars games.