Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron 2 is a action packed space shooter which
takes place in the time period of the original Star Wars trilogy. As the leaders of
Rogue Squadron, Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles, you fly through 10 mission-based
levels of combat, covering the major battles of the movies and other behind the scenes
missions that were only hinted at in the films. This is the sequel to Rogue Squadron,
which was on the N64. However, the new technology of the GameCube has allowed developer
Factor 5 to create a much more realistic and movie-like game.
This is one of the most beautiful games on any platform EVER, and considering
it's a first-generation game, the future is very promising for the GameCube graphics-wise.
One word to describe the graphics is DETAILED. Everything is modeled with great detail,
with bump maps, reflections, proper light sourcing, self-shadowing (which is amazing).
Every trick they could do, they just about did. Overall, the look is very clean with high
Along with the graphics, the sound is also very impressive. The music is great,
a mix of the classic Star Wars themes and new songs that have the same sound to them.
The sound effects are also very good, along with the voice acting (which can get a bit
repetitive occasionally). And although I can't tell because I only have crappy TV
speakers, the game does support 5.1 surround sound in Dolby Pro Logic II.
The control is also very good and pretty intuitive. The training level will help
you get used to it. The A button fires primary lasers, B fires the secondary weapon,
Y brings up the targeting computer, which is very helpful when trying to figure out
the targets. You must hold the Y button while targeting, although there is an upgrade
you can get that will let you push Y once to toggle the targeting computer on or off.
X toggles cockpit view, vs normal view. The R trigger makes you go faster, and if you
R-click with a winged ship, your wings will close to make you go even faster, but you
cannot fire while in this mode. L makes you go slower. The D-pad is used to give commands
to your wingmen, although while in the heat of battle, it can be out of the way. I found
myself reaching with my right thumb to hit the D-pad because I didn't want to take my left
thumb off the control stick as I was chasing a bad guy or didn't want to crash.
Each level is mission-based. You must attack a target, protect a ship, etc. There
are multiple objectives on each mission. You have 3 lives, which sometimes doesn't seem
like enough, because the game can be quite hard at times. The objectives aren't always
exactly as clear as they could be, so use your targeting computer and go for the yellow
targets; these are the main objectives usually. Meanwhile, you're constantly being shot
at by Imperial forces, so you have to try to avoid them while completing your objectives.
You will be replaying these levels a lot, which is one of the only problems I have with
this game. After you've played a level many times, the game becomes frustrating rather
than fun. Especially the last level, Strike at the Core, which requires jedi-like reflexes
This is the other problem I have with the game, it's pretty short. Even with having to
play the levels over and over again, I was still able to finish the game within a 5 day rental
period. However, I was playing an awful lot during those days, so it may take some people
longer. There IS some replay value though. On each level you can get medals by completing
each mission in a certain amount of time with so many kills while not using the targeting
computer, etc. Personally, I wouldn't have the patience to do this, but that's just me.
With the medals come points which you can use to unlock secret ships, missions and other
bonus features such as a short documentary on the making of the game, and an audio
commentary from the designers during the levels. Both of these are very interesting for
those interested in game design and development.
The game is rated Teen for violence, but if you've seen Star Wars,
you've seen all the violence in this game if not more.
If you're a Star Wars fan, you will love this game. Everything from the opening crawl
to the ending credits is very much like the movies. The game is technically impressive,
and a very good showing from Factor 5. However, since the game is short, and I was able
to beat it rather quickly, it is only a rental for me and not a buy. But if this is your
type of game, I highly recommend it.
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