Star Wars: Episode I


Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 3

Sound: 8

Gameplay: 4

Overall: 4

starwarsep11ps1.bmp (589878 bytes)After numerous delays, LucasArts has released the first PlayStation Star Wars game based on Episode I. If this game is any indication of how future entries on the PlayStation may turn out, we are all in for some sullen, sorrowful times.

The only thing LucasArts seems to have done with the extra time they had is add in the popular "Duel of the Fates" music video. Unfortunately, this is also the best part of the game. Players are given an abysmal, high, over-the-shoulder view to play with which obstructs a majority of the screen. This blocks player from seeing incoming enemies, even though they can still fire off shots at frustrated gamers. This increases the difficulty levels higher than they should be, not to mention for all the wrong reasons.

The control seems to respond when it wants too, not when the player requests it's assistance. Making some of the jumps the designers have put into the game simply isn't possible with such a difficult control scheme. Adding in the lack of any respectable graphics make the game even hard to look at. The sound effects are the only saving grace this games has, but these are almost always the high point of Star Wars games.

starwarsep12ps1.bmp (589878 bytes)If the addition of the music video is substantial enough for you to think about a purchase, consider this: The DVD is cheaper, has better production values, and it has an entire movie on it! Your DVD remote will most likely give you better control too. Even if this game had the force behind it, you still wouldn't want to play it.


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Last updated: Sunday, October 16, 2005 02:01 PM