Star Wars Republic Commando


Computer Platform: PC (Windows)
Produced by:
Price Range: $11-20
Learning curve time: 1-30 min.
Age level: Teen to Adult
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
Patches / Upgrades: Xbox Live/Online

Reviewed By: Colonel Link

Overall Rating: ★★★★½
Rating: 4 of 5 (good)
Gameplay: 4 of 5 (good)
Violence: 3 of 5 (mild)
Adult Content: 5 of 5 (none)

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“Star Wars Republic Commando is a squad-based that lets players explore the elite world of the Star Wars military. Leading a three-man squad of Republic commandos, players embark on a variety of missions that go deep behind enemy lines in more than 14 intense and challenging levels, spanning three unique campaigns. As a Republic commando, you will have more than a dozen deadly weapons at your disposal, including the game’s ultimate weapon - your squad itself. The innovative “One-Touch Squad Control” system lets players command orders to their squad with the touch of just one button.”

Plot: The game is set during the events of the Clone Wars that started at the climax of the movie Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. In the game, the player is takes command of a Clone commando team, made up of elite Clone troopers. These clone troopers have been specially bred at the clone factories on Kamino. You’ll travel to various locations in the Star Wars universe, including Kashyyyk, Geonosis, and an abandoned spaceship. The game sets a darker tone than other games that are a part of the Star Wars franchise. This is because other Star Wars games were in the eyes of a Jedi, and therefore war in the eyes of a soldier is much darker and crueler.

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The story is really not a big part of the game. You receive your orders at the beginning of a mission, and then you complete the objectives. There is no dark underlying plot, the point of the game is just to have fun.

Gameplay: The game features systems that have been featured in other first-person shooters, including Metroid Prime, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six. The Heads-Up Display (HUD) in the game has a similar feel to that in Metroid Prime. The squad-based order system is similar to the Rainbow Six games, where certain positions are tied to an action. Pressing the order key will tell one of the squad to move to that position and do a predefined action, such as providing sniper or anti-armor fire. There are also orders that govern the entire squad, such as Search and Destroy, Hold Position, Form Up, and Recall. The player can only carry 2-3 guns during the game, excluding the main gun’s attachments such as the Sniper attachment and the Anti-Armor attachment.

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The game features a multiplayer mode for Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Assault, and Capture the flag gameplay, with Xbox Live support for 16 players on the Xbox, and 32 for PC over the Internet.

In single player mode, you and your team don’t die, you are merely incapacitated for the time being. While you are “downed”, you can order squad members to come and revive you, maintain their orders, or reload to the last saved checkpoint. And when one of your squad members gets hurt, you can also go revive them. Therefore, the game is only truly over when both the you and the squad members are incapacitated. An aspect of this is that as squad leader, one can also order that you be attended to first, regardless of convenience. When health is deteriorated, bacta dispensers can be found scattered around maps, and will heal any and all injuries, restoring health to full.

The fact that you can revive squad mates and they can revive you definitely makes the game a whole lot easier, but hey, your an elite squad right?

Graphics: Although the game follows the trend of “I’m a Star Wars game, graphics aren’t important”, it doesn’t look half bad. Although most areas look the same, your squad mates are pretty detailed, and the enemies look OK.

Sound: The voices are all eerily similar, but each member of your squad sounds different enough that you won’t get confused. You’ll also learn to love the sound of your squad members voices, mainly because they are always full of sarcastic humor. An example of a funny line would be: “Could you die later sir? Now just isn’t a very good time.” Enemies, especially Geonosiens, have distinct sounds, from the buzzing of wings to the stomping of feet.

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Violence: Although you’ll never see red blood, certain enemy deaths can get slightly gory. An example of this is that when you shoot a Geonosien (big flying bug-like creature), they will sometimes explode in a big shower of yellow goo. The same will happen with Trandoshans, little green pirates who enjoy cutting you with knifes.

Language: D**n is said 2 or 3 times.

Sexual Content: None.

Spiritual Content: None.

Overall: Republic Commando is definitely one of the best Star Wars game to come out in a long time, and the squad commands add a whole new layer of depth, making it stand out among FPS. If you can handle the violence, I can easily recommend the game to anyone over 13.

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Year of Release — 2005

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