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Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire (DOS)

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Written by  :  Clinton Webb (21)
Written on  :  Aug 23, 2000
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

It could've been great . . . okay, maybe not.

The Good

A good use of FMV is displayed here. I believe what they did is recorded a wider picture than than is displayed on the monitor, so that, in the flight scenes, by moving the aiming cursor to the edges of the screen, the screen pans, giving the illusion of control over your direction. They used this illusion to greater effect by forcing you to "turn" around obstacles in the flight scenes.

It's a rather entertaining shoot'em-up in most sections (it includes 3rd-person "on-foot" scenes and "fliying" scenes, some of which don't involve quite as much shooting) and is easy to pick up and play, making it a reasonable choice for action gamers who just want a quick fix, or for younger children, although the violence, bloodless as it is, may be objectionable to parents.

The Bad

It's the equivalent of a kidde pool; it has no real depth. The story is a single-sided and mostly unsatisfying attempt at a love story which is supposed to be one of those "they fell in love when thier fingers met on the trigger, but couldn't kiss because they were too busy shooting things" type of plots, but succeeds only marginally. The main Star Wars theme is the appearence of a "mysterious TIE fighter", an idea that has been done to death before and since. Finally, I didn't like the ending, but I'll leave that to your discretion and not ruin it.

The Bottom Line

If you take it for what it is, this is an okay game. It's really vanilla, kind of cheesy, but okay. If you look at it for a more demanding perspective, it pales significantly. If you're looking for an awesome Star Wars game, go buy TIE Fighter.