A cool game, which fathered the video backdrop shooter sub-genre
The main reason to buy or play Rebel Assault, which is why I originally
bought it, is to play a starfighter pilot. And this game lets you do
just that - play a rebel pilot (which is referred to in the game's
soundtrack as "rookie one").
Lucasarts managed to capture the feeling of the movies perfectly.
You get to fight TIE-fighters in an asteroid field, shoot down a star
destroyer, have a shoot-out with imperial stormtroopers, destroy an
AT-AT walker, and expreience the famous Deathstar trench run.
All this to the incredible sound of John Williams' original Star Wars
soundtrack, professionaly produced movies and cutscenes, and incredible
CGI effects - all thanks to the video backdrop, which ran amazingly
well, concidering the technology of the time, and the amount of data
that needs to be streamed of the CD.
The gameplay was fun as well, and not to hard at all. Granted, some
sections ARE hard, but if you persevere - you will be rewarded by
beautiful cutscenes, and more great play. The gameplay is varied -
sometimes you will have to quickly and accurately shoot fighters or
people, sometimes you will have to navigate narrow canyons. Sometimes
All in all, the game is fun to play - and captures the feeling of the
Star Wars movies.
As always with this sort of games - the gameplay is extremely
linear. Absolutely nothing
changes from game to game. And there is no replay value at all - once you finished the game, there is little point to play it again.
Also, instead of a save game system, rebel assault has a password system. The game is devided to 15 scenes, and after every 3, you are given a password to the next scenes. This is very disappointing, especially when you finish a particulary hard scene, get no password, and find out you have to finish it all over again because you run out of lives at the next scene.
The Bottom Line
Today you have much better games that let you experience Star Wars, but
Rebel Assault was the first game that had such a feeling of immersion. Rebel Assault did quite well at the stores, and spawned a sequel
, and many video backdrop games such as Cyberia