|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: LucasArts Singapore||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: LucasArts||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 11, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Other issues we had with the game have to do with input recognition. Often wed find ourselves tapping on jump pads multiple times, yet our character wouldnt respond fast enough. Additionally, one technique that allows you to deflect laser blasts by tapping on your character at the point of contact never seemed to work with any level of consistency. However, these werent huge issues, as the game is more about immersing you with its cinematic pacing than fast action.
Also worth mentioning is the handful of mini-games that play into the story. When playing as R2D2, for instance, youll have to activate various mechanisms by stopping gears in timed sequences. Another mini-game requires you to break through blast doors by tracing your lightsaber (stylus) accurately along an outline on the touch screen. There are a few other touch-centric mini-games as well, and though they make repeated appearances throughout the game, they increase in difficulty and work well within the context of the story.
The crown jewel of Jedi Alliance, however, is its presentation. In the graphics department, Clone Wars on DS has few rivals. There are things this game does with the system that simply do not fail to impress. Real-time lighting and shadows, fluid and expressive character models, and an incredible level of detail put Jedi Alliance in a league all its own. The framerate is solid, and there is a healthy variety of environments, in spite of the game being extremely short. The cinematic camera works surprisingly well, lending an epic quality to the overall experience, but characters sometimes move a bit too far from view.
The games aural elements are also quite impressive, offering a host of themes new to the Star Wars repertoire. The voice work is top-notch, sounds are used to great effect, and musical cadences lend power and emotion to key events in the games story. We do have a couple of minor criticisms, however. One, the music occasionally sounds a bit distorted, and though youll likely only notice it during more climatic, action-packed portions of the game, it still manages to add a few rough edges to what is otherwise a pristine production. The other issue has to do with musical themes occasionally fading in and out somewhat abruptly. No matter, the games presentation still comes together with surprising power, and the story is very well-paced.
The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance is an impressive feat on DS, and its also an entertaining, often thrilling adventure. Though the gameplay has a few minor issues and it doesnt tread any new ground, the presentation ties everything together to make for an experience that shouldnt be missed by fans of this seminal, science-fiction franchise. Theres no denying its an incredibly short adventure, but the ability to mix and match Jedi, as well as the myriad challenges contained within each mission, offer real replay value. Additionally, there are a ton of unlockables, including cheats, costumes, pictures, and 3D character models.
CCC Freelance Writer