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- Travel to 8 diverse environments from Geonosis to the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk in 14 deadly missions
- Innovative squad combat utilizing intuitive and accessible smart squad command system featuring squad markers and stances
- Challenging combat with incredible enemies - Super Battle Droids, Droidekas, Geonosian Warriors and Elites, Trandoshan Slavers and Mercenaries
- Access more than 12 weapons from the Star Wars films -- from a standard DC-17 rifle to the Trandoshan Slaver Shotgun and Geonosian Elite Beam Weapon
- Multiplayer action with up to 16 players - deathmatch, team deathmatch and capture the flag
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Chaos has erupted throughout the galaxy. You ve been chosen to lead a team of elite Republic commandosstraight into harm s way. You ll have no time for setting up complicated commands and maneuvers. At your fingertips is one touch control of the most lethal weapon in the galaxy your squad. The only backup you have is each other. There is no room for error or fear. You ll need all your skills and training. You are considered the very best. Now prove it.FEATURES: Innovative squad-based action featuring an intuitive and straight forward One Touch Squad Control system. You are the elite-of-the-elite in the uncompromising world of the Star Wars military. As a special squad unitin the Republic's Clone Army you'll engage in fierce firefights and intense action. Take a sneak peek at Star Wars: Episode III content including key locations new enemies including General Grievous and more. Embark on over a dozen single player missions that take you through a wide variety of military objectives. Encounter highly intelligent and varied enemies both new and original to the Star Wars universe. Explore unique alien locations including: the hostile planet of Geonosis the interior of a Separatist battle-ship a disabled Republic assault ship and the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk.MULTIPLAYER FEATURES: Out of the box Internet play with up to 16 players online or via Xbox Live. Multiplayer modes include Deathmatch Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag. Voice Communication enabled. Both multiplayer split screen and System Link capability for Xbox.Format: XBOX Genre: SPORTS/GAMES Rating: T - Teen UPC: 023272325756 Manufacturer No: 32575
Over the years, we have sliced through Imperial forces with twirling lightsabers, given in to the tantalizing power of the Dark Side, and destroyed the Death Star more times than George Lucas has worn his favorite flannel. With a setting that Tom Clancy wouldn't mind endorsing, Republic Commando emerges as a great departure for Star Wars gaming, and a breath of fresh air that fans have been dreaming of since they first watched a squadron of storm troopers obliterate a hapless crew aboard the Tantive IV blockade runner.
There are no backdoor drafts in the Republic. Born of the genetic stock of the galaxy's most feared bounty hunter, you were created with the specific intent of serving your people through bloodshed and war. Your appearance is identical to that of your brethren, who number in the millions, but your physical prowess has been heightened far beyond theirs. You are the best of the best. You are one of the Clone Trooper elite. Assigned as the leader of an upper echelon Republic Commando division, you must lead your squad to victory in the face of unyielding adversity.
As you unload countless rounds into a Separatist onslaught, you can send your sharpshooter to a sniper point, tell your hacker to open a door, and order your weapons expert to light up the droid forces with a well a placed Thermal Detonator. The on-the-fly squad control may sound fairly complex, but the system that LucasArts has developed couldn't be easier to use. With this said, you won't have complete control over the actions of your cohorts. Outside of simple commands like "form up" and "attack this target," you can only send them to areas that are assigned to specific tasks such as sniping or hacking – all with the click of a button. If you take on too much damage and go down, you can even signal to a teammate to revive you with a quick resuscitation. Thanks to impressive AI, you never really have to worry about your troops doing something stupid. The only flak you can send their way is for being too cowardly when an enemy is clearly not paying attention to them, and for not being able to recognize the greatest threat on the battlefield unless you point it out to them.
Although the controls fit as comfortably as Master Chief's glove, the targeting system is too demanding of precision, especially when you are required to unload dozens of rounds into certain enemy types. If you don't have armor-breaking rounds, a Super Battle Droid can be just as annoying as the new dance number in Return of the Jedi. Airborne foes are also quite difficult to tag at a successful rate.
While not a sure-fire marksman, Republic Commando still has enough kick in its firepower to knock you off of your feet. From explosive scripted events on the battlefield to harrowing battles that are almost too intense to comprehend, each mission is filled with relentless excitement and moments that you'll cherish for a lifetime. Whether you watch a Wookiee physically dismantle a Super Battle Droid or hold your breath as you rely on your troops to provide over a minute of cover fire as you hack a security terminal, Republic Commando seamlessly blends breathtaking spectacles with uniquely styled and highly contagious gameplay. The sound (sans the metal during the end credits) is remarkable as well.
At the same time, however, you can't help but criticize the game for its limited number of enemy types (I seriously felt like I destroyed at least 10,000 Battle Droids), noticeably absent story breaks, and lackluster multiplayer deathmatching. Furthermore, why didn't LucasArts do online co-op? It's a perfect fit.
It does tie into the upcoming Revenge of the Sith movie, but the Episode III content is more of a lightsaber tease than anything. General Grievous is literally in the game for two seconds, and just as you are about to join the pivotal battle of Kashyyyk, the game comes to an end, basically saying, "This looks awesome, doesn't it? Buy a ticket to the movie and you'll see how it unfolds."
No lightsabers? No problem. A Star Wars game without Jedi may seem like a Jar Jar-sized disaster, but I don't think even Master Yoda could dodge a nicely placed sniper shot by this incredible Republic Commando unit.
Suit up as an elite commando and pulverize Battle Droids as you bark out orders to your Power Ranger-colored squad
There are few visuals more satisfying than the vibrant green splattering of Geonosian blood on your visor
Why do clones have different voices? And what's with the cheesy hair metal at the end? If John Williams hears this, batons will be shoved in uncomfortable places
Targeting with the DC-17m is a bit suspect, but the squad commands work well, and the weapon selection is balanced nicely
Has the uncanny ability to rock your world and make you cry like a baby at the same time
Rated: 8.25 out of 10
Editor: Andrew Reiner
Issue: March 2005
While there are some recognizable technical issues that mar the glossy sheen of Republic Commando, they are only noticeable because everything else has been done with such finesse. Painting Star Wars in a dark and gritty light results in visuals that are both believable and deeply involving. The action sprung to life around me, and the squad mechanic was one of the most enjoyable and flexible I have yet encountered, even if the ally AI was occasionally frustrating. With only a few different enemy types, there really should have been more variety in their tactics, which brings the otherwise gripping combat down a notch in my mind. The voicework and visceral Foley sound effects are uniformly fantastic, and the Episode III score had me chomping at the bit for the big May release. The ending induced in me near physical pain, as it brought me right to the brink of something I'm not going to see until after the opening text scroll of the movie. Regardless, this is a unique take on that most beloved of fictional universes, and true fans would be remiss not to play it in its entirety. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Wookiees in battle are indeed ridiculously sweet.
Rated: 8.75 out of 10
Editor: Matt Miller
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The product description states that there are 8 "diverse" environments and 14 missions. In fact there are 3 environments (Geonosis, Abandoned republic cruiser, and Kashyyyk) split up into 8 missions spread through 14 areas.
However, the graphics hold up even today, 2 console generations later. It's comparable to the Halo series in its vibes and gameplay, but the environments themselves remind me of Call of Duty. In a good way. Of course, it's very unique and the squad commanding system is one of the best and most important features of the game. It's comparable but far more advanced to the Mass Effect series' squad command system.
The music, especially "Vode An" and "Dha Werda Verda" have a place in the story in addition to being background music. The deep, warlike mandalorian chants will get your blood and adrenaline pumping.
Amazing game, even today, although the Platinum Hits edition had loading issues on my Xbox 360, whereas the original edition did not. It's also somewhat difficult, and I needed to enter cheats to pass it on the PC version, but with Tamuera Morrison (Jango Fett) and Rafael Sbarge (KOTOR's Carth Onasi, Mass Effect's Kaiden Alenko), you have four very real characters. What this game set out to do was give an intense first-person shooter experience and making you feel like you're in charge of a real squad, and it delivered.
With the exception of Halo, Republic Commando is the most modern feeling FPS of the last generation. Its hard to describe but many older FPS games have a strange grid based aiming system. It made it difficult to be precise, and felt really cheap. Especially after playing modern FPS games which almost always have good controls. Almost. Republic commando avoids this flaw by using a smart aiming system that locks onto enemies while you attack them. Instead of a punch or rifle smack attack, your melee attack is a metal cutter that pops out of your wrist.
Aside from its fluid controls, its graphics are pretty good too, once again considering the time period it came out during as it doesn't hold a candle to modern game. The effects are cool, but to be honest the locals are kind of bland. most of the character models are very cool though. They're aren't pretty by today's standards but they are unique and detailed all the same. This is especially present on the battle droids, who begin to fall apart after they take enough damage. Chipping off the face of a super battle droid with your metal cutter is very satisfying, and looks really cool. In my humble opinion its the best looking character damage system in any game.
The story while there, is nothing to write home about. Its pretty lame actually, and the dialogue for the Commandos is far more interesting then the actual mission they're on. There are however a few interesting things that happen towards the end.
Also, as a side note, this game came out before episode III, and they pronounce "Kashyyyk" with a short I. Just some trivia.
There are only 3 levels in the game, although these levels are broken up into stages with specific objectives. Also, there are only a few kinds of enemies. Geonosisians, Battle Droids, Super Battle Droids, Trandoshans, and sometimes vehicles. Ocasionally you'll fight Destroyer Droids or IG-100s.
Yes, its a good game. Yes, if you like star dance contests and FPS games you should by it. Yes, it might surprise you with how well it stands the test of time, unlike so many other games.
The levels are fairly linear, but I never felt trapped by that. The level designs do a good enough job of giving you something to look at. However, sometimes you run into a copy-paste job and you feel like you're going in circles. Also, if you're playing on the 360, the colors and textures can get pretty messed up. But it didn't phase me too much. It actually looked pretty cool :P
The combat is great, although anything you tell your buddies to do, combat-wise, other than sniping is really no good. When they snipe, it's like they're that one guy on halo that no matter where you run and jump he'll always peg you in the head. Mostly I just tell my squad to hammer the hardest enemy there, then kill the rest of the little guys around.
The health system is really cool! Every now and then there are bacta tanks that allow you to heal. If you get shot down, you can call for assistance and have one of your buddies revive you.
Overall, I give it a 9/10 (that's a 4.5/5 for those of you who didn't study math in high school)