Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
In a galaxy far far away… the developers of LucasArts found the inspiration to make a series of games. Their newest Star Wars game for the gamecube is the 3rd part of Rogue Squadron, named Rebel Strike. LucasArts promises more, bigger and better. May the force be with them…
The game has both a single player and a multiplayer mode. I havent been able to test multiplayer a lot so let’s start with the single player mode. This is the first Rogue Squadron game I played but I’m sure it wont be the last, read on to find out why.
Rebel Strike is mission based, complete a mission to get to the next one and so on. It contains a very good storyline and a fun tutorial. You can play with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and other Classic Star Wars heroes. The different missions are very diverse: You’ll be on the battlefields on Hoth, taking down AT-AT’s, or manouvre through the forests on Endor with a speeder bike. You’ll take your X-wing to dogfight tie-fighters and give commands to your wingmates to keep the them away from Rebellion transports, you’ll even control Imperial walkers!
The missions are split up in 3rd person foot parts and parts where you are controlling a vehicle or craft. All the missions where you can control a vehicle or craft are good, some are truly amazing. The foot parts on the other hand were often disappointing.
The controls in this mode feel very clumsy, the fixed camera viewpoints are not good and most missions (or part of missions done in 3rd person) are very boring and repetitive on top. You can shoot some Troopers with auto aim or get some light sabre lessons from Yoda himself in the swamps of Dagobah. Sounds like fun but believe me it’s not. Luckily most missions consist of controlling crafts and all kind of different vehicles (of which some you’ll have to unlock). Those missions rock, I felt like I was really in the middle of huge battles both in space as on different planets. It made me feel like I was part of something bigger.
The game just breaths Star Wars, even the cut scenes to the missions descriptions are perfect. The menus deserve a special mentioning, parts of Star Wars movies are being showed in the background while browsing through, amazing! All the missions except the 3rd person ones are very intense. This combined with a good AI made me decide I’ll think twice from now on before missing another Star Wars game.
Like I said I wasn’t able to test the multiplayer mode a lot. Me and a friend did take a short look at it though and I must say it was awesome. You can play both versus and cooperative modes. Versus modes include rampage, tag and defend and dogfights. However, I found the cooperative mode most fun, it rocks to shoot down tie-fighters like if they were flies while your companion is flying through them.
So what else do we need? Good graphics and sound?
Well not much to say here, both are superb. The amount of detail in the graphics is amazing and the sounds are well chosen. Only point of comment here is that the framerate drops a bit now and then, but the good graphics easily make up for that so I won’t see it as a minus.
Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike is another top title for the Gamecube. It will please both Star Wars fans as non fans. The game is full of action and it will take a long time before it will begin to bore you. A must buy for action shooter lovers and a big recommendation for others. The force is strong in this game, my young padawans.