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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Republic Heroes Preview

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Republic Heroes Preview

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an exceedingly popular TV series, that has been syndicated all around the world. Naturally, LucasArts decided that players wouldn't just be content watching the TV series, they'd like to be involved with it too.

Developed by Krome Studios, Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes looks like a throwback to the days of Jedi Power Battles, at least in the Jedi missions. There is a real co-op ethic to gameplay and it's been designed fully with that in mind. This same ethic is also present in the clone missions, and it's a nice touch.

Being a spin-off from the TV series, LucasArts have done everything they can to make it as authentic as possible. All of the characters from the TV series are present, and all of the voice actors have been retained. Fans of the TV series should feel right at home.

As previously mentioned, the gameplay is divided into two separate sections: Jedi missions and Clone missions. They offer distinctly different challenges, as the Jedi missions obviously allow for the usage of the Lightsabre and Force powers. To balance this out, and not make the Clone missions seem tame, Krome Studios have given them a huge gulf of weaponry - from Rocket Launchers to Grenades. There are also puzzles scattered throughout levels to help space the action out, and it keeps things fresh. Shooting is very intuitive as a dual analogue system has been implemented. The left analogue stick controls movement, while the right analogue stick denotes where shots will be fired.

The game left a good impression. The gameplay was quite solid, and it's clear that a lot of attention has been put into making this a very authentic product. The Sith will also make an appearance in the form of Count Dooku, amongst others and it sounds like the story supporting the title will be strong. It takes place between Seasons 1 and 2, so there is room for a bit of creative freedom with regards to bridging the gap. Graphically, the game adopts a similar style to that seen in the TV show and it can't be faulted for sticking to its roots.

It will be appearing on all major platforms, and has a scheduled release date of the 6th of October, 2009.

TAGS: Star Wars The Clone Wars Republic Heroes, Star Wars, Krome Studios, LucasArts, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, Video Game Previews, GamesCom 2009


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