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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (Windows)

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Written by  :  Ivan Obretenov (9)
Written on  :  Jan 05, 2012
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

Well... it could be worse

The Good

Well, I have mixed opinions about this game but one thing is for sure, it represents the movie quite well since Phantom Menace is considered to be the worst of the whole saga and this game is probably the worst movie based Star Wars game. However, that is not because this game is horribly bad but because the other ones are better.

Story: It follows the movie like it should so no complaint there. They added some action scenes that were not in the movie so that the game could be a bit more interesting which is kind of cool. There is little of Jar Jar and the young Anakin which is a plus.

Gameplay: One thing I liked about the gameplay is that at times it felt like Grand Theft Auto (please don't hate me for comparing this game to GTA). You are given the ability to interact with different NPCs in a manner of ways. You can even kill Jabba the Hutt if you want. I went on a rampage through Mos Espa with Qui-Gon which was amusing. Oh, and there are Twi'leks.

Graphics: It was satisfying to blow up droids. In the PC version you can adjust the resolution so it doesn't look that bad. The gardens of Theed were nicely made and I also liked the design of the main menu.

Sound and Music: Sadly, this is the best part of the game. For me, the sound design was awesome. Lightsaber swings, laser blasts, explosions, environment sounds, everything was done good. The music is straight out of the movie, so if you've seen the movie, you'd know it is awesome.

Voice acting: Ehhh...I thought that Amidala and Obi-Wan were voiced okay.

The Bad

Story: It follows Phantom Menace but I guess it is impossible otherwise since that is the main point of the game. Jar Jar is there and he is annoying as ever.

Gameplay: For one thing, the game is full of glitches. It crashes from time to time, I got stuck under a balcony, AI is so stupid that sometimes I found myself laughing, other characters can get stuck, sometimes opponents try to shoot you over and over again through walls and so on. If you are looking for a smooth and responsive game then this one isn't for you. Jumping feels stiff, some of the jumps are outrageous and this is not a game that has good jumping controls. Fighting against melee enemies is a joke. I found myself using the same strategy against all bosses, even against Darth Maul. I just held down the left mouse button and kept walking back. And speaking of Darth Maul, when you fight him at the end, he is impossible. I managed to beat him thanks to a glitch where he got stuck in the wall.

Sound and Music: I have no major complaints.

Voice acting: It was terrible for the most part. Everything that Captain Panaka said it sounded like he was interrogating a prisoner and when Darth Maul said "Die, Jedi! Die!" I gasped like I was going to swallow a horse.

The Bottom Line

If you are a die-hard fan of Star Wars you can give it a go but otherwise there are games based on Phantom Menace which are far better.