Rebel Assault 2
While we all anxiously await the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition and the new trilogy, we will be able to tide ourselves over with Rebel Assault 2 for the PlayStation.
RAII features the first original Star Wars footage filmed since Return of the Jedi, which makes it seem like you are actually in a Star Wars movie.
You'll be able to pilot X-Wings, Y-Wings, B-Wings, speeder bikes and even a Millennium Falcon class transport, as you take on the Empire, which has created another major threat to the Rebel Alliance.
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Many of you players have been waiting for Star Wars game after Star Wars game. For some reason, the thirst for the universe that George Lucas created can never be quenched. Since there a few SW games being released and the new movies are coming out (along with the enhanced versions of the old ones). Rebel Assault might just give enough of both worlds to help the addiction subside for a while. Rebel Assault has all of the gameplay of the first game-the flying sequences and the shooting gallery sequences-but enhanced. The second installment of Assault also has video sequences that will make players wonder if they're not watching a new SW movie. The quality and acting is as good (or darn close) to the big-screen versions. The game also features enhanced graphics over the first one (which only came out for 3DO and PC).
Another Star Wars game?! Usually I'd say this and be pleased, but I'm afraid to say that Rebel Assault 2 still suffers heavily from the control. The graphics are great and, although the acting can be really cheesy, the cinemas are cool. What's also cool about Rebel Assault 2 are the different types of gameplay It offers. So that brings us to the control. What's bad about It? Where should I begin? On many of the flying levels, it’s important to avoid walls or obstacles. Since the control is too loose, avoiding them is next to Impossible. Rebel 2 is an average game that is worth playing even if you're not a Star Wars fan, but it's not great.
OK, being a big Star Wars fan, I must admit that the Star Wars theme (the music, the ships, the characters, etc.) Is what saved this game from an even lower score. But at Its heart, the game Is complete nonsense. You run or fly through full-motion video sequences, or retendered backgrounds, shooting at objects that are not part of the scenery. Yawn. The other areas Involve you maneuvering your craft around various obstacles. Snore. To make matters worse, the control of these crafts Is worthless. Rebel Assault 2 Is a very glamorous, very pretty game that drops way short of delivering any true gaming satisfaction.
RA2, like Its prequel, packs one heck of a cool movie. Unfortunately, as a game, it isn't all that great. Hie game sequences that are plunked between the supersharp FMV cinemas all involve either shooting or flying, but none control very well. In the flying levels, your ship slides around a lot, and you have to constantly tinker with the joypad to fly In a straight line. The shooting levels aren't so bad, and you can even use a light-gun to make aiming a little easier. The entire game is a bit easy, too. Although it has 16 levels, you can play through it in no time. The Incredible music and cinemas are the only reason to buy RA2.
This game gels my rental award of the month, and allow me to explain: I would like to know how unskilled LucasArts thinks we gamers are. The first time I sat down to play RA2,1 beat it. This is a problem. I loved the cut scenes, and it's a must-play for anyone who loves the movies, but you'll only need to play it once or twice. This seems to be the way FMV games are going, which isn't bad, but we need more advances In interactivity before we see a great game. The control of the ships Is pretty awful, and they shake and shimmy like a car with bad alignment and no shock absorbers. Only Star Wars fans need apply.
Remember the original Rebel Assault on the Sega CD two years ago? Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire will make you forget that choppy debacle. This version is full of exciting cinematic sequences, thumb-numbing space battles, and cool shooting sequences.
The new film footage, the excitement of fighting against the Empire, and the overall quality of the gameplay should make this one of the most exciting Star kVars-related games to date. You'll be a rebel with a cause (and a ship full of fun) with Rebel Assault II.
Gameplay & Control
The fast-moving space battles are smooth and uninhibited by slowdown or breakup. The shooting sequences require dexterity, and the TIE fighter training is unforgiving in its accuracy.
Everything about this game is crisp and clean, right down to the superbly filmed introduction. The battle sequences showcase brilliant explosions. and the rest of the cinematics are strictly Star Wars quality. Rebel II is a treat for the eyes all around.
Like its predecessor, Rebel Assault II is an action/arcade game based on the Star Wars series. Unlike the original, though, Rebel II has a story and live-action video clips all its own. The game also soars with improved gameplay and a new game engine.
Rebel II stars Rookie One and Ru Murleen from Rebel Assault. Using movie props and blue-screen technology, Rebel II was filmed using live actors composited with computer-generated 3D model backgrounds.
The action follows the two characters through adventures that include shooting sequences, hand-to-hand combat, and flight-sim gameplay. Vehicles to pilot range from speeder bikes to the Millennium Falcon. Thanks to LucasArts' technical magic and the Star Wars dynasty, the Force is strong in Rebel Assault II.
Rebel Assault is spawning an extraordinary action sequel with an original story line and live-action video. With George Lucas's blessing. Rebel Assault II will star actors in authentic Star Wars costumes and will use props from the film trilogy. Rebel II represents the first time the Star Wars creator has allowed anyone to film a live-action Star Wars adventure.
A new game engine will also rev Rebel ll's action, though the shooting and flying are similar to the original game's. Flying a cockpit view from within various starfighters and the Millennium Falcon, set your cross hair on TIE fighters and Star Destroyers as you blast across the futuristic galaxy. Rebel II is sure to please Star Wars fans.
Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire brings clean, fun graphics and trigger-happy gameplay to aspiring X-Wing pilots.
You pilot Star Wars craft like a TIE Fighter as you strafe enemy ships and try to debilitate the Empire, take on Storm-troopers from a third-person view, and even explore levels in a Doom-type environment.
The sharp, exciting graphics include long, well-done cinemas and rendered ships. The shooting levels are movie-quality clean. The sound is rich with symphonic scores sampled from the trilogy. Although the game-play isn't as deep as Shadows of the Empire's, it's still fast shootin' fun with a Star Wars twist. Rebel will keep you happy for a solid weekend.
- Always use the in-the-cockpit view; the behind-the-ship view is mistake-prone.
- Do a barrel roll to remove your ship from immediate danger.