Another game based on the animated TV series has been released. Being a huge fan of the movies and the animated series, I decided to take it for a spin on a rainy afternoon. Click through to find out what I thought of Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes…
Filling in the gap between season 1 and season 2 of the animated TV series, Republic Heroes is aimed at a younger audience and incorporates a simplified control scheme into an easy to play action-adventure title.
Lately I have been playing a lot of serious games that are more for mature audiences and not for children. I have kinda felt that I have been neglecting my nephew and I wanted a game that I felt we could play together as the weather begins to turn cold. Republic Heroes was a natural selection as we both love the Star Wars universe and co-op games.
Republic Heroes allows two players to work together as either two Jedi or two Clone Troopers depending on the level. The list of playable characters is a fairly decent one and with the amount of unlockables that are available in the game, you get a good variety. Depending on the mission, you either wield a lightsaber and utilize the force or assortment of guns and grenades as a clone.
As you work your way through levels you will notice that a lot of the frustrating nuances for children in previous games of this genre have experienced have been simplified or eliminated. An example would be jumping from platform to platform and missing it repeatedly because it is small, this was fixed by simply making a double jump and you will land where you need to. This makes it easier for the younger audience and a bit too easy for adults but lets face it, we are not the target audience.
During missions as a Jedi, you can hop onto various droids and perform “droid jacking”. This allows you to control the droids movements and use his weaponry against other droids or obstructions in the level. Collecting crystals in the game add addition points that you accrue to purchase upgrades, cheats and helmets in the store. Personally, I like running around with Boba Fett’s giant helmet on more than anything but if you knew me that would not surprise you.
Throughout the levels there are challenges that you can do or choose not to do. Typically these involve killing waves of battle droids until the timer runs out and whoever has the most points at the end of the timer wins. This isn’t really any different from area that you just finished before starting the challenge but I believe it is because if children like something you get the “Let’s do that again” moment.
Visually it looks dated but stays true to the animated series and Ill be honest I had fun for an afternoon and the looks didn’t really matter to me. There were some points that targeting was a little wonky and the camera was a bit of a pain sometimes but I was able to burn through this title fairly quickly with little frustration. I was able to enjoy some time with my nephew and that was what was important in the overall scheme of things. This title is definitely a RENT IT unless you have a youngster in the house.
Star Wars the Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (Wii)
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