Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Clone Campaigns
It’s big, it’s spectacular and everyone’s talking about it, it’s Star Wars: Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. In contrast, the first game to be based on this new cinematic phenomenon is small, decidedly unspectacular and unlikely to be spoken about in anything above a secretive whisper. But let’s put it all in perspective, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns is only an add-on pack and as such you wouldn’t expect it to be on the same epic level as the film. Add-on packs are notorious for their cost-effective ability to stoke the dying embers of a game’s shelf life and Clone Campaigns is no different.
It was a forgone conclusion that Galactic Battlegrounds would expand into the Episode II universe, but this skinny effort is probably not what most GB or Star Wars fans expected. For a start there are only two new campaigns. True, the film only introduces two new civilisations (the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic), but still, just one measly campaign each seems a little restrained on LucasArts’ part. Hardened GB players will easily complete both campaigns in a matter of hours. Maybe LucasArts is hoping that the addition of new units for the original six civilisations will make up for its lack of depth elsewhere.
A-Wings, Power Droids and Controllable Predators are just a small selection of what’s on offer, and in fairness the complete list of new units is impressive -look out too for much needed Al improvements. There are also new technologies to master including A-wing research, Superconducting Shields and new Droid Upgrades. The subtle refinements don’t stop there either. Civilisations now gain a bonus when allied with other civilisations. For example, if the Gungans formed a partnership with the Rebel Alliance, both parties would receive an increase in food production and a reduction in the cost of building shipyards and shield generators. This is certainly a nice touch when it comes to improving the feel of the multiplayer game, and it’s a good job too, especially considering the limitations of the singleplayer campaigns.
The Lure Of The Darkside
Clone Campaigns is good fun if you’re a fan of Attack Of The Clones and an avid Galactic Battlegrounds player. Ultimately though, the limited number of campaigns means Clone Campaigns' appeal will last no more than a few hours. All in all, not a very auspicious start for Episode II on the PC.
Download Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Clone Campaigns
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
Clone Campaigns, the add-on for Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds, once again brings a RTS to the Star Wars universe. Although it's still using the aging Age of Empires II engine, with the addition of two new campaigns, the Confederacy of Independent Systems and Galactic Republic, it fills the add-on role adequately. With the adding of numerous new units, changing the balance of the game by increasing in the population limit to 250 units, and playing the original campaigns with the new enhancements, those who enjoyed Galactic Battlegrounds will still log many hours with Clone Campaigns.
Set around the story from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, either Count Dooku or Mace Windu will be giving orders to one of their most trusted Jedi Masters depending on which campaign is chosen. From there, similar to the original Galactic Battlegrounds, each mission will further unfold a story line as new technologies and units are possible when missions are completed.
These new units and technologies do help speed the game up, but some missions can still take an unnecessary amount of time to complete. Some of that has to do with the buildings and other structures having too many hit points as it can take some time to destroy them even when attacked by numerous units.
Since Clone Campaigns does require Galactic Battlegrounds to run, only those fans who couldn't get enough of the original should consider this one. If you thought Galactic Battlegrounds could have been better and were hoping the improvements made would keep your attention, be cautious.
Those improvements do help bring new life into the game, but the gameplay hasn't changed that much with many of the same drawbacks found in the original.