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GAME REVIEW - June 14, 2006

by Devon Varesko

Star Wars: Republic Commando (PC)

My Rating: 7 out of 10

Star Wars: Republic Commando

Star Wars: Republic Commando is a futuristic science fiction FPS (first-person shooter) based on the Star Wars universe. You play the role of a clone soldier nicknamed "Boss", leading a team of elite clone-commandos during the clone wars. Your comrades are nicknamed "Fixer", "Scorch", and "Sev", and each have different specialties such as sniping, demolitions, and "slicing" (or hacking).

This game sets you and your team against droids, geonosians, and trandoshans as you complete various objectives - given by a clone commander and sometimes by Jedi.

Your team utilizes realistic behavior such as ducking your fire and shooting at the enemy while moving to take cover. You can order them to place demolitions, take various positions to use different combat maneuvers, search and destroy, hold a position, form up on your six, breach doors S.W.A.T.-style, and more. Your HUD (head-up display) will keep you advised of your squad's status, as will your squadmates over the radio.

The graphics in this game look good, but don't necessarily accurately reflect the Star Wars universe. For instance, trandoshans and wookiees aren't to scale as they were in the movies. Your characters voice is spoken by the actor who played Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode 2 - Temuera Morrison. The music includes some typical Star Wars movie soundtrack as well as unique custom music. Many of the sound effects and voice-overs were also custom created specifically for this game, which helps it set itself apart from a lot of other Star Wars games.

Either because Temuera got tired of voice-overs, or because the game developers want you to be able to tell your squadmates apart by the sound of your voice, you'll find that each squadmate has their own voice. Fitting in with the story, each character's lines reflect their specialties and the circumstances they are in. Some of them are re-used throughout the game, but there is enough variation that it doesn't get too old - and it can be useful to keep track of your team. There are also a few jokes thrown in among all the talking, so listen closely or you might miss out.

Some problems you may have with this game are that you can't play as a Jedi, there is no cooperative mode, and the multiplayer mode lacks the flair of the singleplayer game. Multiplayer offers some different modes such as capture the flag and deathmatch, but you won't be able to effectively lead your team like in a singleplayer mission. It also lacks the constant radio chatter which relates to your missions that was so prevalent in singleplayer mode. Even the maps tend to be on the smaller side, and don't offer as much of a Star Wars feel as the special singleplayer maps - they look more like something from Unreal Tournament. To top this off, you can only play as clone troopers or trandoshans. I don't know about you but I don't particularly like playing trandoshans - and most the time I got on a server they'd be playing the clone commando's so I'd get stuck with a trandoshan repeater instead of a clone rifle.

In summary, if you are an FPS fan and a Star Wars fan who is looking for a great singleplayer game, this will blow your socks off. If you like playing as a Jedi and want some awesome multiplayer action, this may not be the best game for you. (Although you can check out Star Wars: Battlefront 2 for that).

Related Links:

Star Wars: Republic Commando - LucasArts Website

Related Reviews:

Star Wars: Battlefront 2