Star Wars Review - A Gamers' Point of View

deemarie · June 13, 2005 6:45 am

The Video Game Message2298168.jpgHey, Star Wars fans, Bulzeye here, letting you know that Star Wars was right on target. Im here to give you the update on the new Star Wars movie and video games, and how they relate to each other. Star Wars - Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (yes, the episode that brought them all together) was released after the games. The Star Wars - Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith video games (on PlayStation 2 and Xbox platforms) are great adventures, with lots of hacking and slashing, real clips from the movie, and special features too, like concept art and bonus missions! Now, the game has a few differences from the movie, and if you already played the game, you know what I mean. Like, the game has a lot of stuff in it that the movie doesnt have and vise versa. In the game, when you battle Mace Windu, you jump in and out of buildings battling to the death. In the movie when Anakin fights Mace Windu, Anakin just cuts Windus arm off, then Darth Sidious throws Windu out the window. That didnt seem like a big battle to me. Even though the game was created to let you experience the movie, it had some flaws. First of all, the graphics were great, with the exception of the graphics on the characters. Anakin, for instance, his face is badly made, no offence to LucusArts, but it could have been better. Also, Id like to make a comment on the dialogue. On one of the levels you have to battle the evil Count Dooku, while attempting to save the Chancellor Palpatine. When the battle starts you hear the chancellor saying Oh dear, Oh my, Oh dear! That can get very annoying when youre trying to concentrate on the battle. Also, there is another level were you have to open a lock, and at the same time Obi-Won keeps nagging and nagging at you until you unlock the elevator security system. But those were the worst flaws, so dont worry, the game is great! It has real fighting action from the movie. Another great feature, you can play as both Anakin Skywalker and, the one and only, Obi-Wan Kenobi. As you play the story line of the movie, you can get characters to play on multiplayer. One of them is my favorite character General Grievous. In multiplayer, you can choose to either play Co-op Mode, with a friend, and beat the game together or, play Versus Mode, and battle your friend. In the game the battling and bonus features are good, but my favorite feature in a game is the leveling-up.
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In some games, there are limits to your character, but in this game if you are having trouble beating someone, it just means you have to level-up more. But, heres a little code (keep it a secret though), insert (kai burr) in the code section, at the options menu. This will give you infinite force power! Ok, Ive let you know my likes and dislikes (its good and bad points), but now I feel I have to give it a rating; on a scale of 1 to 10, I give it an 8. The Movie [Spoiler Alert Editors Note: If you have not experienced the move, the following movie review contains specific detailed scenes from the movie that reveal the plot. So, be forewarned!]
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Although the game is good, the movie is better. When the movie came out I couldnt wait to see it. When I did, even walking into the theater made shivers go down my spine. If you havent seen it yet, then I feel sorry for you. Well Im getting off track, the first thing I would like to touch on is the music. The movie soundtrack was phenomenal, including the Sound Effects. One of my favorite SFX were sounds of the lightsabers clashing. The other SFX that we all loved was when General Grievous soldiers (the Destroyer Droids) balled up like hermit crabs and walked with their claws clicking on the metal floors. The theme song stuck in our heads for days. In the movie, there were some really gross parts as well, so if I were you I would get your parents permission before taking your little brother (or sister) otherwise you might end up sitting up with them all night when they have nightmares. I did take my mother with me and she thought it was pretty gross - of course I didn't think it was! So, maybe it would be best to take your sibling, and leave your mom at home. A few heads were cut off, lots of kids died, one guy (guess who) lost both legs and had his skin burned off, and it seemed to be in fashion to cut off the Jedis saber arms. The arm that the guys were fighting with always got cut off. Although it was rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and some intense images, it was still pretty violent, even for Star Wars. The good thing is that there wasnt any blood squirting, or veins hanging out not sure if that means that the sabers have clean cuts, or they just did not want to make everyone lose their popcorn.
Usually Yoda is quiet and thoughtful, but in this movie he was a little tough guy. He fights, jumps around a lot, and seems to fly. One of the best scenes is when he walks into the Emperors office, puts out both hands, as if he is swatting flies, and the guards go flying in two different directions. The animation of Yoda in this movie is better than any of the previous episodes.
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The storyline is full of new characters mixed with the old ones. My favorite character was General Grievous. Although he did not play as big of a part as I thought he would, the animation on his character was awesome. He practically floated through the movie and had lots and lots of cool transformations and weapons. A great FX was his gaining four arms to fight with. I dont know why he coughed so much though, and they really did not explain it.
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The way they had him coughing and choking all the time I thought he was going to die from old age in the movie and have a long I am dying, but I really was not the bad guy speech. Nope he died another way but you will have to see the movie to find out how. [Spoiler Alert] The Sith Lord Count Dooku also died shortly in the beginning of the movie. He was in the second movie the whole time, so he already had his 15 minutes of fame. I thought they did a really good job on the animation of the droids and robots. You will really like the giant lizards that Obi-Wan Kenobi rides when chasing down General Grievous. One of my other favorites were the Wookies. I always thought, when I saw Star Wars Episode IV, that Chewbacca was a pretty big guy. But, in Episode III it shows he is the runt of the Wookies.
When Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) were in the theatre watching what appeared to be a giant ball of water, it was really amazing animation it had tiny streams of water going in and out of the bubbles.
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[Spoiler Alert] The story between Princess Padmand Anakin Skywalker (and their unborn children which were a secret because their marriage was a secret) was pretty interesting, but was really close to being the chick flick part of the movie. She was the whole reason for all the bad stuff happening in the movie, so the story could not have been written without this part.
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[Spoiler Alert] You see, it was because Anakin had a dream that Princess Padmwas going to die, that he crossed over to the dark side. The Supreme Chancellor promised him that if he crossed over, that the Chancellor would teach Anakin how to save Padm life. The only way to become Darth Vader was to do everything that the Chancellor told him to including killing all the Jedis, including the children, and his long time mentor and friend Obi-Wan Kenobi. The twist to this is that when Anakin did all of this, Padmdied anyway from sadness because Anakin turned to the dark side. [Spoiler Alert] I thought it was really cheap, when Luke and Leah were born, that Luke got stuck on a desert farm, while Leah got to live in the palace as a sweet little princess. I understood why they got split up but thought it was unfair that the guy always gets the short end of the stick. What does that mean anyway short end of the stick?
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Anyway overall it was an awesome movie with lots to look at, listen to, and think about. Just dont take the little ones. Instead, let them play the game! Until next time, have fun at the movies and playing the games they produce! Bulzeye
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Message2298180.jpgStar Wars Episode III Return of the Sith Xbox, PlayStation 2 Video Trailer Genre: Action Platform: Xbox, PlayStation 2 ESRB: Teen - Violence Price: $49.95 [USD] Message2298805.jpgMessage2298805.jpgMessage2298805.jpgMessage2298805.jpgMessage2298805.jpgMessage2298805.jpgMessage2298805.jpgMessage2298805.jpg 8 out of 10 darts June 13, 2005

Article Comments

deemarie ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 13 June 2005

Thanks for the great review of the video games and the movie. Excellent job :] Dee-Marie

LillianH ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 13 June 2005

Fun, compartive review. I like your rating system! Thanks, Lillian

Quikp51 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 14 June 2005

I wish they would port this to PC! Oh well. As far a Grievous hacking and coughing, Lucas wanted to exude a sense that he was rotten to the core. Grab a copy of Star Wars Visionaries to see his back story. The book is illustrated by Lucas' concept artists and is a must have! Also those water balls at the Opera were Mon Calmari dancers with thirty trains that trailed behind them as they swam from sphere to sphere ;) The movie looked so good and we can only hope that real time graphics will reach this quality at home in our lifetime which isn't an out of reach reality.

deemarie ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 14 June 2005

Thanks sOOooo much Quikp51, for the backstory. I will have to see if we can get the author and artist(s) from Star Wars Visionaries in here for an interview. Dee-Marie

yeldunhc ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 14 June 2005

If you have seen the Clone wars animated cartoon that aired on cartoon network it showed why Grievous coughed so much he had his chest crushed by mace in the last episode which led right up to the start of EP III

Chris Townley ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 14 June 2005

Cool revues - Xbox version is graphically better that PS2 version. Grevious coughing - watch SW the Clone Wars animation movie - it covers the period between episodes 2 and 3 and is fully endorsed by Lucas et al. In it, the relationship between Obi-wan and Anakin is developed and strengthened (they go on loads of missions together and become 'famous' jedi warriors with reputations known throughout the galaxy) and also Mace Windoo fights with Grevious and uses a force grab around Grevious's throat (it also implies that Grevious was once human but was wounded and is now been 'cyborged' (a prelude to Anakin's fate).

Steven_Maughan ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 14 June 2005

Excellent game but the game is to short it should have more levels i like the yoda bonus level i also love the gameplay but there definatly should be more to the game they could have split the levels up and made them longer with more enemys i was a bit dissapointed in the game but at the same time i loved it.

Magnatude ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 15 June 2005

The movie was a action and effects spectactular!!! 10 out of 10 (except for the lava fighting scenes... seems even the best CG artist have a hard time with people and lava surroundings) However take away the action and the CG effects, the acting would be an attrocious 3 out of 10 (Except for Yoda and Palpatine) I'll wait till the price of the game becomes a little lower before i get it.

SndCastie ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 15 June 2005

Thank you so much the game sounds awesome might have to try it

shinyary2 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 16 June 2005

Just looking at the screenshots for the game that you have here, I wish that they would quit making games with bad graphics and then selling them at unreasonably high prices. You play Half-Life 2 (which, thankfully, the folks at Valve actually had a brain and made it for PC), watch the first fifteen minutes, and you are blown away. The same, I'm told for Doom3, only more so. I thought that the whole reason that you have consoles is for the better graphics anyway? As for the movie (SPOILERS)... I didn't like it, actually the only part I liked in the entire thing was the Anakin/Obi-Wan fight, which was extremely dramatic, well-choreographed, and well performed. But if you remove the special effects and the (mostly) badly choreographed fights, you end up with a movie that can't stand up on the strength of it's story or it's characters. And that in my opinion makes it a bad movie, Star Wars or no.

BigRedKane ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 16 June 2005

cool reviews. Altho I enjoyed the Episode 3 game I think it's extremely pale compared to Knights of the Old Republic and Jedi Knight : Jedi Academy (both on PC). The graphics and gameplay don't even come close to what you can do in those other two games...esp. Knights of the Old Republic where you can even build your own lightsaber and design your own character plus have full interactive dialogue with various characters, so to me (in my opinion) the Episode 3 game was just another cheap film cash-in (as usual As for the film, ain't seen it yet but I'm sure anxious to. Thanks for the reviews and cool pics tho. :-)

sdittemore ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 18 June 2005

Yeah... this game sucked... dont bother. Sorry to be so blunt. Its a one trick pony. Go get any of the Jedi Knight games instead. dont get me wrongo... I love SW. but this game is lame.

BountifulKnight ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 19 June 2005

Great reviews. Just putting in one tech point on the light sabers for those who haven't been around since the 70's like some of us have (I've seen all 6 in the theater - man I'm getting old). The light sabers burn as they cut, sealing off the injuries - thus, no blood. That is a cool tech note as you watch episode IV since the fight scene in the bar between Obi-wan and the wanted spacer actually has a goof in it. The spacer's arm is bloody as it hits the floor and should not have been (official admission by SW creators at the time). As I recall, the scene was shot early in production before all weapon concepts were set in stone and never re-shot. Thanks to the toon network fill-ins for the coughing explination. I was wondering about that one myself. Figured out the cyborg part, kind of made sense. Epsiode III was a great movie for any self-respecting SW fan! :-)

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