Players: 1- Sigle 4+-multi
Rating- T (Teen)
I haven't done a review in a long time, so I figured I would pop my cherry again on a pretty decent game.
This time around I am reviewing Star Wars Republic Commando. I really enjoyed this game the first time around, but I don't really see myself playing through it again. Not that it is a bad game, that is not the case, it is an awesome game. It is just one of those games that even with multiplayer doesn't have a lot of replay value, but we will get to this later on.
The graphics of the game are not anywhere as good as Halo 2 or anything like that, but this game is incredibly detailed and very visually stunning. The main characters of the game are very detailed down to the point that you can even see battle blemishes in the armor as time goes on. The one big gripe about that graphics is that some of the enemy models are a little...bland, and some of the environments are REALLY bland. Luckily they go by pretty fast.
The sound in the game is pretty crisp. No real twang or static, that I could hear. The gun fire sounds awesome, and the sound effects are surprisingly good. When your squad is running in formation you can hear all of their footsteps and the echo they make through each room. The little things like this make for a good auditory environment.
As I said before I don't see myself playing through this game again, but it is not a bad game. It is just one of those games that really, once you have played through it the first time there is nothing that you haven't done or seen to motivate you to do a second run. The game can be played a couple of different ways but it is not that big of an aspect and very un-motivating. Aside from that this game is an awesome attempt at a squad based shooter for these first timers. From the get-go the player gets this complete feeling of teamwork and through the entire game that feeling last. Usually with games like these the A.I. teammates are off trying to clip through a wall while you are left to gun down everything in the room. This is not the case with commando. Your A.I. teammates ACTUALLY DO THEIR JOB. I know this is a strange concept with these kinds of games but it is true. On top of that, some of the time, your teammates will be saving your ass as they bring you back to life with the special paddles that everyone is equipped with. Now your team A.I. is on par, but I really can't say that for the enemy A.I. A usual encounter with any of the enemies in the game is them running straight to you either trying to clip through you or just gunning you down. Due to the way the controls are set up you will find yourself being gunned down before you can line up a clear shot at the guy because as you move back they move right in front of you just out of your line of vision. The more you walk back or to the side or whatever they more they follow you, right on your ass. Secondly the player is equipped with this awesome gun that can morph into a grenade launcher, a sniper riffle, and an automatic machine gun but you get such a limited amount of ammunition for it that you are usually using your hand gun. This wouldn't be so bad because it has unlimited ammunition, but it has a charge system so the more you use it the less damage it does and eventually it won't fire until you let it recharge. This really sucks when you are in a do or die firefight. On top of that more than half of the weapons in the game are really useless. There are one or two guns in the game that you will be sticking with for the whole game. The other guns are nice and have some flair, but they either do to little damage, or you can never find them. The one thing that I absolutely loved about this game was the way they gave each member of the squad a unique personality. And on top of that gave them each a different color schemed uniform without compromising that squad feel.
Bottom Line if you like Star Wars games, and want to get a completely different perspective on the star wars universe, one that is not through the eyes of a Jedi than I would say get this game for sure. If you are a normal every day Joe I would say rent this one. This is an awesome game, but lack of replay value hinders my buy recommendation.
I give this a 7 out of 10. Awesome game, but the A.I. is annoying and the game needs a lot of polishing to be perfect. The squad A.I. is better than in Rainbow Six which helps make this game even more enjoyable.