Wars Republic Commando has all the makings of a great
squad-based tactical shooter, but that's in appearance
only. It's a darn good first-person shooter but it
misses a lot of opportunities to go deeper. It hints
at real-time strategy and you do have a little control
over your teammates but the focus of this game is
on action and accessibility to a wide range of gamers.
original Star Wars movie is a classic, but it's pretty
light fare. It's like American Graffiti in Outer Space.
The characters are far too enduring and the story
is a processed, thinly disguised fairytale. The entire
LucasArts organization is so popular now that it's
become the sci-fi equivalent of Disney. I know that
many fans just like to bathe in the Star Wars atmosphere
like some comforting, alien, embryonic sack but personally
I just find it too predictable. Characters are either
good or evil or struggling to become one or the other.
Even when they're evil they're not "sick"
evil. It's as though they are honoring a standard
universal contract that outlines the professional
definition of evil and all that it entails. I've had
bosses that were more frightening than Darth Vader
for crying out loud.
it seems that the boys in Lucas-land may have been
feeling much the same way as I. Republic Commando
takes us to a darker place in the Star Wars realm.
It's a dangerous, nightmarish place full of murderous
monsters and menacing robots. It's dirty, gritty,
violent and a whole lot of fun. Imagine Star Wars
meets Doom and you'll have a good idea of what this
game is all about. The downside to the game is that
underneath all the Star Wars veneer, the gameplay
is incredibly unoriginal.
the head of Delta Squad, you are in charge of a team
of highly trained and individualistic clones. These
clones all have their own personality and skills.
They are referred to as the "deluxe models"
and are capable of surviving very tough missions.
These guys actually make good company for you since
they carry their weight in battle and offer some interesting
dialog throughout the three-campaign adventure.
into the heat of battle the boys know what to do.
Simply gun down anything that appears to be a threat.
Most of the time you will be forced down corridors
where at any corner you may uncover a swarm of enemies.
Obviously there's not much strategy you can employ
with this style of gameplay but there are some more
open areas where you get to relax your trigger finger
and use your brain. I wish there were more controls
for commands. The gameplay is very linear and it's
all too obvious what you have to do and who you have
to call to perform a specific task. At the very least
you will feel as though your teammates are able to
handle themselves in most situations. They will protect
you, revive you, keep you company but most importantly
they don't do really stupid things like stand in front
of an open door and drop a grenade a few feet in front
of the squad.
are three huge campaigns in the single-player mode.
It's not a long game but it's packed with action.
You're almost glad it's over in the sense of feeling
relieved. The pace of the action is perfect. You're
never totally overwhelmed and you don't have any time
to get bored. The online modes add some replay value
but like the single-player mode, there's nothing here
that you haven't played before. Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch,
Capture the Flag and Assault are play-by-the-numbers
modes performed in a Star Wars setting. Up to 16 player
can take part and you can customize your clone to
look a little different than the others.
wouldn't say this is an excellent looking game but
it's good. I would have preferred more open areas
that showed different terrain or buildings in the
distance. The textures that are displayed are great
and aren't recycled too often unless it's to replicate
the sterile architecture of a manufactured environment
such as a spaceship. You can't go wrong with the sound
effects. They are tight, punchy, fuzzy and buzzy -
all the futuristic sounds you've come to know and
love. The voiceacting is well done and the script
is polished. You'll have no trouble believing you're
in the Star Wars universe.
isn't a very long game and considering how generic
the online modes are I would definitely recommend
renting this. You'll pretty much deplete all of the
fun out of in a couple of intense days.