Name: Rogue Leader Star Wars Rogue Squadron II review Category: Action Developer: Factor 5 Publisher: LucasArts Players: 1
Rogue Leader 8/3/2002
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A lot of sites out there are hailing Rogue Leader as the best thing since sliced bread. Is it really as good as they say it is? Read on, my fellow gamers!
The graphics in the game are where it really soars. The ships look so realistic that you’d swear you were really watching a Star Wars movie. The game’s environments will make you say “whoa.” The explosions in the game are done really well also. This game really does a good job of showing off the Gamecube’s graphical power.
The music in the game is equally awesome. Star Wars fans will instantly recognize all the tunes, which have been recreated extremely well. And they can be played in Dolby Pro Logic 5.1 Surround sound! The MusyX sound tools that Factor 5 used sound so much like a real orchestra that it’s scary. John Williams would be proud. There’s also voice clips taken from all the movies that really help make you feel like you’re in the game. All the classic Star Wars sound effects are in there as well.
This game is hard. REALLY hard. It will take you several hours to master a stage if you want to try and win all the gold medals to unlock the secrets. The control is decent, but it has some flaws. One is the camera. At times, the camera will either zoom way close to your ship, or will pan far back. And you don’t always have control of it either. Another thing is that your friendly comrades are worthless. You can tell them what to do, such as shoot at oncoming ties or AT-ST’s, but they don’t seem to do a good job of it, or end up killing themselves, and you will eventually have to destroy everything on your own.
This game is decent, but it’s not all that. I gave it a pretty good score because it excels in about everything it does. However, it’s not for everyone. It can get pretty frustrating at times, and those that are not Star Wars or flying/shooter game fans might not be interested in playing. It has a decent amount of replay value as trying to unlock everything can take some time, but 12 stages is not enough to keep me coming back.