In an effort to prevent the destruction of the Republic, the Clone Army was created to battle the Separatists. Among these millions of troops, select few were made better, stronger, smarter, and faster than their other brethren. In Republic Commando, you play one of these clones, one of these commandos, brave and steadfast, willing to undertake difficult and often nigh-suicidal missions to protect the Republic and guarantee it's union. The newest Star Wars title is an FPS that takes you deep into the heart of the war, battling across the plains of Geonosis, onboard a massive Republic ship, and then finally to the Wookie homeworld, Kashyyyk.
Using various types of traditional Star Wars style blaster weapons, you won't find much in the way of good, visceral weaponry in this title, but I'm of the mind that you won't miss it. Strongest among its features are the squad commands, allowing you to use a series of AI stances to control your team effectively. You can set them to search and destroy, capture an area, or simply back you up. Along the way, these commands get supplemented by a wealth of context sensitive actions that let you blow your way through a door, slice a command console to lower a force field, or set your squad to sniping, to provide cover. Most importantly, the commandos themselves are all powerful, deadly characters, and their AI can live up to that reputation, giving you enough back that you won't care that you're only a four man team.
Graphically, Republic Commando is one of the better Star Wars titles I've played recently. Looking at the Commandos, they're all highly detailed and frankly, they look like ass kickers. The game is replete with scripted events that just reinforce how cool the Star Wars universe can be, my favorite of which is watching a Wookie rip apart several droids. Aurally, you've got a great deal of scripted battle chatter, including Temura Morrison, the voice of Jango Fett from Episode 2, as your own character, the leader of the squad.
On the negative side, Republic Commando is extremely short, and extremely brutal. Be prepared to follow one path to victory, as the game throws you into fight after fight that requires luck and an extremely precise style of gameplay, as you regularly fight opponents that could be considered bosses in other games. Also, in terms of time, expect a good six to eight hours to play through the entire game on normal, definitely not what I'd call a single player game of satisfying length. Still, this is definitely one of the best Star Wars experiences you can get right now.