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PlayStation 2Gamer's Pulse (Feb 26, 2001)
As with anything Star Wars based you are given an excellent movie score and sound effects are top notch with weapon sounds, voiceovers and death sequences being above par. Never does your wingmen become distracting and during escort missions your object is always on the ball, letting you know exactly when and what is happening. Fans of the older Lucas Arts titles will need to grab this title if for nothing else to enjoy the continuing timeline and evolution of Star Wars through your own eyes, as a pilot trying to survive and make a living under harsh living conditions, this time due to the ever expanding Trade Federation.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Mar, 2001)
As a pretty huge fan of space combat sims in general and the planet-bound Rogue Squadron, Starfighter is up there on my top picks for the PS2. After the introductory cutscenes get the Star Wars juices flowing, the action kicks in and the rest of the world simply ceases to exist. Through excellent use of overlapping mission objectives and unexpected events, Starfighter forces the player to think as well as they fly and shoot. At times, the number of enemies you have to eliminate and the target time you have to do it in seems almost absurdly overwhelming, adding to that atmosphere of desperation that the movies were so good at conveying. The mission designs are fantastic and loaded with beautiful environments, great music, and sound. I haven't been this excited about a Star Wars game since the original X-Wing and Dark Forces hit the PC.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Mar, 2001)
Always an open-minded company, LucasFilm has given LucasArts the green light to broaden the Episode I universe through the creation of new vehicles, characters, and plot twists. I applaud LucasArts’ efforts to develop an original story, but I found myself in a state of confusion and/or disgust with each morsel I digested. I have no qualms with the new ships or characters. Many of the vessels tie into the Episode I license, but if you look closely, you can see similarities to vehicles from the original trilogy like the T-16 and the B-Wing. Although the character designs are cool, their voices and dialogue just don’t fit into the SW universe.
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme (Feb 21, 2001)
Even though I beat Starfighter in one day, I am prompted to go back and finish the game again, and again and again. If I go for the gold, literally speaking, I will have access to many new missions, in the Bonus Missions menu, and also have access to the Capture the Flag mode and Canyon Race. Completing Starfighter multiple times is a must, but if you want to complete it once normally, and then do it all over again for the extras, but don't want to go through the trouble, enter the invincibility code. In the end, Starfighter is not just a pretty visual product, but it's a game that has redefined the way we will all play shooters in the future. Lucas Arts has set some high standards for themselves, but if their Starfighter talent is any indication of what to expect in the future, then the future is looking bright as ever.
PlayStation (UK) (Apr 03, 2001)
The developers of Starfighter must have been acutely aware of The Phantom Menace's pitfalls, and have marginalized them. This game takes elements of popular Star Wars titles like Rogue Squadron and X-Wing Alliance and melds them into a brilliant adventure using the best parts of Episode 1. I have no hesitation in recommending this game to anybody, including ardent Star Wars fans who like their universe to be just so. If only the film had been this good.
PlayStation 2GamersMark (Aug 19, 2002)
If you’re looking for another AAA game to add to your PS2 library, this is THE game to get. Get it, and get it now...
PlayStation 2GamePro (US) (Feb 20, 2001)
The PS2 didn't live up to the circus of hype surrounding its launch, but Starfighter is one of those titles that helps you remember what all the fuss was about. It has its share of minor flaws, but Starfighter stands tall as one of the best PS2 titles in early 2001.
PlayStation 2IGN (Feb 21, 2001)
For those that have decided to forgo reading the bulk of the review above and skip right to the comments, we'll give you the quick Cliff's Notes version of the review. Star Wars: Starfighter is one the best space shooters that has been released on PC or console and in the Star Wars universe or out of it. It has a similar feel to titles like Colony Wars, Rogue Squadron, and the X-Wing/Tie-Fighter games, but on a much larger and more polished scale.
XboxGame Chronicles (Jun 18, 2002)
Starfighter SE just oozes quality in graphics, sound, and gameplay, and offers up an epic story that will keep you involved for hours or even weeks if you are a perfectionist. The new multiplayer modes are a nice addition and will have you reaching for this game when friends come over. If you own a PS2 and have already played Star Wars Starfighter then the special edition is probably not going to be enough to have you reaching for your wallet. In fact, most of the new features in this game really should have been in the PS2 version in the first place. But, if you haven’t played the original then you won’t want to miss out on one of the best space shooters available for the Xbox.
82 (Apr 24, 2002)
Star Wars: Starfighter bietet leicht zugängliche Weltraum-Action mit einer klasse Rahmenerzählung. Hinzu gesellen sich eine hervorragende akustische Umsetzung und Lokalisierung. Optisch und spielerisch können vor allem die abwechslungsreichen Luft-Bodenmissionen überzeugen, aber ansonsten präsentiert Lucas Arts schlichte Arcade-Ballerei. Die PC-Umsetzung wirkt trotz aller Präsentationsstärke wie ein Schnellschuss; unübersehbare Schwachpunkte verwehren höhere Wertungsweihen: Wieso wurde die Kampftaktik so vernachlässigt? Warum gibt es keinen Radar? Und vor allem: Wieso in Yodas Namen gibt es KEINE Multiplayer-Features? Gerade hier hätte man noch einiges an Spielspaß-Potenzial rausholen können. So bleiben die PS2- und Xbox-Versionen wesentlich attraktiver. Aber trotz dieser Mängel werden sich Star Wars-Fans sicher pudelwohl durch das Skywalker-Universum schießen - allerdings nur für ein paar Stunden.
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles (Jul 03, 2002)
Even after a year, Star Wars Starfighter still holds up as one of the best space shooters you can play on your PlayStation 2. The recently released, Jedi Starfighter may have upped the ante a bit in both features and gameplay, but if you want to experience an exciting Star Wars story, three great characters, and more than a dozen intense missions, this is still a worthy addition to your game library.
PlayStation 2Cincinnati Enquirer (Mar 21, 2001)
Savvy joystick jockeys will be able to finish the story mode in about 10 hours or so, not including the extra game modes. Fortunately, the game is so much fun that you'll want to play it again and again. What's more, there are three levels of difficulty to choose from. A minor — yet noticeable — slowdown in the game's frame rates during some fighting scenes is one small criticism. But PlayStation 2 owners with a yen for air/space combat should snag this title because the game's spectacular graphics and fluid control are outdone by its solid story and gripping gameplay.
PlayStation 2PSM (Apr, 2001)
Starfighter might just be the game to put the LucasArts Star Wars jinx to rest, once and for all. This is a gorgeous and thoroughly enjoyable game, hampered only by not lasting long enough or sinking into repetition.
XboxGamezilla (Jan 10, 2002)
As an update of the original title, Starfighter - Special Edition has added features to provide new gameplay, and additional replay value. There are new bonus missions, a multiplayer mode for two players, and improved graphics for the Xbox premiere. I suppose that my favorite feature is the lack of performance issues thanks to the Xbox's more than ample hardware. Ultimately just a port of the original game, Starfighter retains its origins well, and adds enough extras to be an enjoyable ride. Still, with the difference between the PS2 and the Xbox versions, they're still close enough to make this new version only a slight improvement over the original. Buy the version you like, or the version you've already got the console for.
XboxGame Informer Magazine (Dec, 2001)
I guess I'm the Starfighter conscientious objector in the office. Even though this edition has extra bonus missions, more multiplayer options, and looks a little better, I had a hard time getting into that whole saving Naboo trip again. The Xbox's controller was a mixed bag of good and bad (the positioning of the analog sticks being a bonus) and die hards will delight in the new scenarios' extra difficulty. Star Wars Starfighter: Still solid, but it's no Rogue Leader.
PlayStation 2Game industry News (GiN) (2002)
Overall I found Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition an easy-to-learn game with a lot of fun and challenging missions. It sounded and looked great and I found it to be a great addition to the Star wars title lineup from LucasArts. I am pleased to give it 4 GiN Gems.
Overall I found Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition an easy-to-learn game with a lot of fun and challenging missions. It sounded and looked great and I found it to be a great addition to the Star wars title lineup from LucasArts. I am pleased to give it 4 GiN Gems.
Overall I found Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition an easy-to-learn game with a lot of fun and challenging missions. It sounded and looked great and I found it to be a great addition to the Star wars title lineup from LucasArts. I am pleased to give it 4 GiN Gems.
WindowsGameZone (Feb 01, 2002)
This one is also rather easy. Even the hard setting wasn’t too difficult to blast through. I was able to fight my way through eighty percent of the game in about two hours. Okay that was on the easy setting, but the bottom line is simple. Starfighter is an action arcade game. It’s not gonna blow you away, or keep you up very late while you desperately try to defeat that next level. It is what it is. A fun romp through the Star Wars universe while we all wait for Attack of the Clones to be released. Don’t worry the month of May is just around the corner folks.
PlayStation 2PlanetPS2 (Mar 15, 2001)
So, if you are even a mild fan of the Star Wars legacy, or you are just looking for an action-packed title for your PS2, I highly recommend that you add Stafighter to your collection. This game has the rare combination of excellent control coupled with a short learning curve, supremely polished graphics and high framerate, not to mention the sheer playability of the game. Despite a few problems, namely the terrible voice acting, you don't want to miss this one.
PlayStation 2Power Unlimited (May, 2001)
Door de graphics van Star Wars: Starfighter raak je zo onder de indruk dat je voor een deel niet meer let op de grootste minpunten van deze game.
XboxIGN (Dec 05, 2001)
The last time I played a Star Wars themed space combat game it was the original Rogue Squadron on the N64. Yet, I can't help but feel like I'm repeating myself when playing Starfighter SE on Xbox, even though I skipped Battle for Naboo and the original Starfighter on PS2. Even if you ignore the built-in Episode I handicap --the ships, story and non-Jedi characters can't hold a candle to the original trilogy-- there are still some major issues with SFSE's value. The additional multiplayer modes, bonus missions and new unlockable ships, even if it is Darth Maul's, don't add enough novelty for anybody that's played this game on the PS2 already. It's a similar dilemma to Tony Hawk 2x. Adding a handful of new tidbits to a game that's 90% the same stuff does not a new game make.
PlayStation 2GameSpot (Feb 16, 2001)
When all is said and done, space sims come down to two variables: mission design and control. While Starfighter could have used a little more polish in both departments, the game presents a compelling story, excellent presentation, and gameplay that will surely satisfy fans of LucasArts' N64 shooters.
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) (Feb 12, 2002)
Star Wars Starfighter ziet er gelikt uit en volgt een verrassend sterke verhaallijn. Langs de andere kant wordt de weinig gevarieerde gameplay nogal snel vervelend. Wie echter zin heeft in een degelijke arcadeshooter in het Star Wars-universum, moet dit game zeker eens proberen.
WindowsPC Games (Germany) (Mar 13, 2002)
Starfighter ist ein typisches Star Wars-Produkt: Während es inhaltlich nahezu leer ist, ist es technisch nahe an der Perfektion und dabei rundum unterhaltsam. Aber selbst für ein Actionspiel hätte man sich ein wenig mehr Abwechslung wünschen können.
PlayStation (Mar 28, 2001)
Un titre sympathique qui sans innover apporte beaucoup de fun grâce à son action incessante. Les fans de Star Wars y trouveront leur compte et seuls les maniaques de la pure simulation de combat spatial seront peut-être un peu déçus.
PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic (May 18, 2005)
Still, Starfighter's graphics aren't too shabby. Damaged ships trail smoke, and the explosions are gorgeous. But the audio is where this game really shines. The familiar and crystal-clear sound effects, combined with various Star Wars themes make you feel as if you're in a movie. You'll also hear voices on your radio, but who are these people? Who are they talking to? It sounds like you're listening in on everybody's conversation (good guys and bad) and it's just confusing as hell. I should also mention that Starfighter's load time is significant but not unbearable. It is by no means a flawless game, but as a basic shooter, it serves its purpose.
XboxGame Revolution (Dec 01, 2001)
Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition is a classic example of space combat fun. The Xbox port is still a solid game with a few extras thrown in for good measure. Despite its arcade style of play and limited depth, this is one game that can be enjoyed by most everyone throughout the galaxy. Yub, yub.
75 (Feb 22, 2002)
Starfighter parvient à redorer le blason de Star Wars quelque peu terni par plusieurs jeux sans saveur. L'immersion au cœur des combats est totale grâce notamment à son excellente bande son et à ses objectifs de missions qui respectent l'esprit des films.
WindowsGame Captain (May 12, 2002)
Viel Action, nette Präsentation, aber wenig Abwechslung! Starfigther bietet rasante Arcade Action im Star Wars Universum, aber mehr auch nicht. Die Story passt sich zwar gut in das Szenario aus Episode I ein, ist aber zu kurz und wenig fesselnd. Kurzweilig trifft es ziemlich genau, denn des Spiel kann kurzfristig für Spielspass sorgen, aber nach einer Weile wird es uninteressant, weil die Missionen alle sehr ähnlich sind.
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Mar, 2002)
Ein bisschen Macht war schon mit den Entwicklern von Starfighter. Wer Raumkämpfe vor allem einfach und effektvoll mag, kommt ganz auf seine Kosten. Ständig explodiert was, es kracht und scheppert schöner als Han Solos Millennium Falcon vor dem Hypersprung. Dazu kommen die dramaturgisch geschickt aufgebauten Missionen. Eines wünscht sich der Jedi in mir dann doch: noch mehr Star-Wars-Atmosphäre nämlich. Nur ein paar vertraute Schiffe sowie der Soundtrack reichen mir nicht. Warum treffe ich keine bekannten Helden, und warum sind die Zwischensequenzen so lieblos gerendert? Für ambitionierte Flugspezialisten ist Starfighter kaum geeignet, als Einstimmung für Episode 2 nur bedingt. Bleiben die Freunde heißer Gefechte – und die können wirklich unbesorgt zugreifen.
WindowsActionTrip (Feb 01, 2002)
In the end, the most of the praise should be given to the music and sound effects; basically, a blast festival of famous Star Wars weapons accompanied by the magnificent music score of John Williams. As a result, the legendary spirit of the saga is maintained, and so is the feeling of grand battles and daring feats. What is more, the actors did a terrific job on the voiceovers. Regretfully though, this brings me to a really irritating issue that goes on throughout the game. Mainly, I'm getting sick of the classic movie catch-phrases being reenacted over again (such as "look at the size of that thing" and "I can't shake him"). Don't get me wrong people, there's not a single molecule inside me that would have something against Star Wars, it's just that I'm getting too damn tired of all those little things, which made the movies rock and were exploited in games far too often.
XboxTigerChainsaw (Mar 18, 2020)
Star Wars Starfighter is an okay game, not the greatest, but not the worst. I was wishing that a game solely focused on space fighter simulation would offer me more but I just didn’t find it that enjoyable. The characters are predictable. I didn’t play the multiplayer but I do applaud them for putting that into the game.
XboxGameSpy (Dec 29, 2001)
More than anything else, Starfighter is a victim of time. When it was released for the PS2, owners of that system were starving for a good game and it probably garnered extra praise for being a good title when good titles were rare. Now, there are plenty of games that can compete with and exceed it. It's unfortunate the developers weren't able to truly polish the graphics or come up with more compelling levels. Despite its lack or originality and ultimately disappointing graphics, Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition remains a decent, but far from great game.
XboxGameSpot (Dec 07, 2001)
Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition manages to maintain the charm of the Lucas films and also deliver an entertaining foray into the Star Wars universe. While this Xbox version has been improved, there's still plenty of room for more. The graphical tweaks are nothing to completely disregard, but on the other hand, they're nothing for Xbox owners to brag about either. The game fails to put the Xbox's power to full use, but the fun that was available in the PlayStation 2 version is still fully intact. For Star Wars fans who already own an Xbox, this game is worth a look, but if you only have a passing interest in Star Wars or space sims in general, you might want to give this game a rental first.
WindowsGameplay (Benelux) (Jan 31, 2002)
De leuke graphics en het spannende verhaal kunnen de technische mankementen van deze titel niet verbloemen. Try before you buy!
WindowsGameSpy (Mar 03, 2002)
If you are into the Star Wars universe, then you can't go wrong with this game's storyline and continuation of the franchise. However, you're much better off getting the Xbox or PS2 version of this one. This one wasn't made for the PC originally, and it shows.
PlayStation 2PlayFrance (Apr 12, 2003)
Ce mois de Mars se voit affublé de nombreux bons titres, la PS2 commence enfin à trouver son rythme, entre l'arrivée de Snake et en attendant GT3, Starfighter pourrait tout à fait avoir une place dans votre ludothèque. Complet, beau, avec le charme de l'univers Star Wars et un son qui vous permettra d'utiliser votre toute dernière acquisition Hi-Fi, ce Star Wars Starfighter ne déçoit pas. Pour l'instant le meilleur du genre, il reste aussi une bonne expérience pour ceux qui ne sont pas encore accros aux shoots 3D et qui voudraient tenter l'aventure. Si votre porte-monnaie supporte le choc de ce mois de Mars alors vous savez ce qu'il vous reste à faire !
PlayStation 2Gamekult (Mar 12, 2001)
Si Starfighter reste assez loin des simulateurs spatiaux Star Wars du PC, le jeu trouve un bon équilibre entre simulation et action 3D, à l'instar de Starlancer sur Dreamcast. La PlayStation 2 accueille ici un jeu très sympathique, même si les habitués du genre risquent de trouver la difficulté un peu légère. Ils se consoleront avec les graphismes et animations très réussis du jeu, aussi spectaculaires qu'on puisse attendre d'un Star Wars : modèles 3D bien modélisés et texturés, effets de lumière éblouissants, et fluidité de jeu remarquable. LucasArts, finalement, réussit enfin vraiment à s'éloigner du côté obscur...
WindowsGameplanet (Mar 18, 2002)
Basically, in a nutshell, this is a very pretty, Star Wars themed space shooter. It lacks polish, feels like a console game that was ported in a rush, but once you get past that, its actually a whole lot of fun - just don't expect to go through it again in a hurry, if ever. It's a one-time thrill that may suit some people better on their console. If you have a PS2 (it's available now) or are planning on getting an xbox (it will be a launch title), see if one of those versions are more your cup of tea: it's a "wow" title on your TV screen, looking kind of out of place on your monitor.
WindowsThunderbolt Games (May 29, 2005)
Aside from the short length there aren’t many things wrong with the Star Wars Starfighter. However, there isn’t anything special about it either. It’s quick, inexpensive fun that will be forgotten the moment you uninstall it. If that sounds like a good time then by all means give this game a try. At least it’s more entertaining than the movie that it’s based on.
PlayStation 2Gameplanet (Apr 17, 2001)
Starfighter is a good game in its own right that has some rough edges. If flying around the Star Wars galaxy, fighting the forces of evil is a necessary task – then one could do far worse than Starfighter to fulfil that role. The control scheme is intuitive at it's most basic but rewards some experimentation to get the most out of it. While there are only 14 missions in the game (excluding the extras) they are long in length and rarely completed under 5 minutes.
WindowsPC Action (Germany) (Feb, 2002)
Im Vergleich zu den allenfalls durchschnittlichen Episode-1-Spielchen stellt das spaßige Star Wars Starfighter allemal eine Steigerung da - allerdings ohne vollends zu überzeugen. Die Missionen spielen erfahrene Sternenkrieger an einem Wochenende durch und Anfängern dürfte die sensible Steuerung zu schaffen machen - Kritikpunkte, die hart gesottene Star-Wars-Fans aber nicht vom Kauf abhalten sollen.
WindowsGame Over Online (Mar 21, 2002)
The disparity, however, between this title and the great classics that LucasArts used to create is too great of a void to disregard. As such, I can only recommend this as a title that may tide you over until the next official LucasArts PC Star Wars product. Since the PC lost out on Obi-Wan, that might be some time for most of us, until we get our paws on Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.
WindowsGameSpot (Feb 01, 2002)
Starfighter looks great and has a good story, though not all its missions are engaging, and they start to feel repetitive as the game goes on. The game doesn't last that long, either. Even so, if you got some satisfaction out of Battle for Naboo, or you feel like playing through a solid arcade shooter set in the Star Wars universe, then you might want to give Starfighter a try.
WindowsPC Zone Benelux (May, 2002)
De controls zijn dus niet je van het, maar de rest van het spel is zeker wel okay. De graphics zien er allesbehalve slecht uit, zijn lekker kleurrijk en de omgeving waarin het spel zich afspeelt is gevarieerd.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW) (May, 2002)
One shortcoming of Starfighter is its lack of multiplayer support, especially given that the Xbox version had two-player games. Also, while the visuals are good, they aren’t nearly as spectacular as they could have been. In all, though. Starfighter is a competent shooter. It’s essentially a twitch game, with little in the way of real plot and character development. Those looking for deeper space games, such as Independence War, or even the old TIE Fighter series, might be put off by its simplicity. But if you’re a fan of Star Wars and quick, console-style action, you’ll find much to recommend Starfighter.
WindowsSvenska PC Gamer (Mar, 2002)
I korthet kan man säga att detta är ett relativt bra arkadspel för den som gillar den sortens spel. Tyvärr lider PC-versionen av svår konsolkonverteringssjuka och brist på inställningsmöjligheter. Ett plus är att systemkraven är relativt realistiska och att man faktiskt kan spela på litet sämre system utan att det hela degenererar till pixelgröt. Grafiken är snygg på det där speciella konsolviset, aningen för klara färger för att kännas realistiskt men ändå inte direkt störande. Är du på jakt efter en snabb Star Wars: Episode 1-fix behöver du inte leta längre – men om du istället vill ha äkta Star Wars-känsla och ett spel som tvingar dig att tänka en smula rekommenderar vi Jedi Knight !! som recenseras på annan plats i detta nummer.
XboxNetjak (Jun 17, 2002)
This game promises a bit, but doesn’t deliver on the goods. I think that since it toted the Xbox name, LucasArts figured it would sell enough to recoup development costs. But with a very loose control system and a steep, steep learning curve, this game is for Hardcore (capital H) Star Wars fans. Any other fan of any other game will be easily bored.
XboxXBox Evolved (Apr 10, 2004)
It's not that the game is terrible, it's just completely mediocre. What I'm about to say may terminate my relationship with Xbox Evolved: I'd rather play Rogue Squadron on the Game Cube to get my Star Wars fix. Hopefully, Jedi Starfighter addresses these problems and finally brings a strong Star Wars title to the Xbox. I've already heard a few grumblings that this isn't the case, but let me tell you about the great Star Wars game that I heard about. It's called Knights of the Old Republic and it sounds like it'll be the best Star Wars game ever.

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