Star Wars: Rebel Strike
The Rogue Squadron series has built quite a reputation by continually giving outstanding performances in both gameplay and graphical ability. This does put the pressure on especially after Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader gave such a complete performance helping to launch the Gamecube. The good news is that tradition of excellence has been continued with Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike with only a few bumps along the way and once again gives us that arcade experience we've come to expect from Rogue Squadron.
On the surface, Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike is similar to its predecessor and will feel very familiar to those who played Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader. The general gameplay flows in the same manner with medals and points awarded if certain goals are met during missions, numerous unlockable items including ships, missions, and weapon upgrades, and similar game presentation. It's not all the same however as there have been some improvements as well including additional vehicles such as speeder bikes and AT-STs, parallel missions involving Luke and Wedge, multiplayer options, and many of the missions of larger scale. All these additions bring new aspects to the game keeping things fresh with new perspectives.
Additional improvements have also been made to the graphics with outstanding results. Besides the larger scale of the battles, the detail level is actually higher then the previous game and includes new lighting effects that allow for a more realistic experience. In addition, new cut scenes from the original trilogy are included and the top quality sound effects we've come to expect from Lucasarts are accounted for as well.
Unfortunately, there's one area that wasn't executed well. This issue focuses around whenever you're controlling somebody on foot, as it's generally cumbersome to say the least. There are problems with the camera angles as they take too long to setup or never finding a useful angle, control is difficult often resulting in running into objects, and overall lack of excitement playing through these levels. Thankfully, the foot missions are limited so they aren't a big factor but they might have done better just leaving them out.
Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike continues to deliver the high quality arcade style of gameplay we've come to expect. Although the missions on foot aren't the greatest, overall they're not a large factor and the scope of the rest of the game keeps them from making a strong presence. The improvements to the graphics, the larger mission scope, and solid implementation of new vehicles all help to create a complete experience.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP