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Written by  :  Kartanym (12771)
Written on  :  Feb 03, 2002
Platform  :  Windows
Rating  :  2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars

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Summary

No changes from console land hurts the PC conversion...

The Good

Ok, let's set the scene. I've played Starfighter on the PS2 to death, and I've recently passed a few tests for the Special Edition on the X-Box. So playing Starfighter for the PC was a mix of 'Been there done that' and 'Oh no, not again'.

With that out of the way, there is certainly nothing wrong with Starfighter. This PC conversion is unscathed from its previous incarnation, which is a good thing.

Graphically, there isn't much that will push the limits of your PC (of course, that all depends on the system setup you have). Everything is in good order, with little in the way of bugs found anywhere. Cut scenes here and there add to the presentation nicely, and the sound is (as is always the case with Star Wars based video games) sweet.

The Bad

What makes Starfighter on the PC such a problem for me is that I've played it to death ... there really isn't anything else to do. At least with the Special Edition there was something new to play around with (mainly in terms of the multiplayer options). Here, there are no multiplayer options at all, let alone what was originally on the PS2. That's the biggest problem with this, and I'm sure many will be frustrated with it the same way I am.

Many will also find controlling the ships difficult. Unless you have a joystick or a gamepad for your computer, playing this game with a keyboard is a pain in the rear end.

In the end, it's the lack of any PC exclusive features that hurts Starfighter's PC debut. Which is a shame...

The Bottom Line

If you really want to shell out for this PC adaption, or haven't got the consoles to play the original editions on, then Starfighter is still a worthwhile purchase. The game has some solid values in place, including a well written story and some solid single player action.

But for those of you who have, like I, played the game to death in a previous form, then there's no real need to shell out. No new features is disappointing, and therefore the multiplayer options are few. So in the end, the choice is up to you...