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Games That Nobody Plays Anymore: Star Wars Republic Commando

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What a game. What a game. Star Wars RC is an unsung hero of the Star Wars video-game universe, it’s a classic first-person shooter mixed with an epic story. I dare say it’s the best Star Wars game to date, and it really is just… awesome. When I first saw this game back in 2004, I thought it would be the usual ‘oholol we’re a star wars game’. Boy was I surprised! Playing it just a week ago, it brings back a wave of nostalgia. So let’s stop with the applause and get on with the show… shouldn’t that be the… oh never mind. Let’s begin, shall we?

Republic Commando tells the story of ‘Delta Squad’ and you play the role of the leader. Delta Squad. Delta Squad is behind the scenes, splicing and dicing their way through the Clone Wars. Unless you’re an actual Star Wars fan, you won’t have much idea of a premise or back story, although it’s not needed to enjoy the story. The dialogue is top-notch, voice action is top of the class and just about every single bit and bob of character is melted down into gooey goodness. The ending is a real “OKAY< WHAT?!”, but it’s the good kind of that. Honest. Well sort of.

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The graphics do their job. It was one of the best looking games at the time, by today’s standards they still stand out from the crowd. There’s also an obsession with the level of detail and reference, you’ll find characters and settings that are found in the Star Wars universe. For instance, General Grievous (Star Wars Episode III) appears on a planet which Delta Squad infiltrate, this didn’t even appear in the film. But it’s a nice touch, not one of the flimsy movie characters shouting orders at you. Right at the end, you meet one of the Star Wars characters. I think as well that Delta Squad actually appeared in Episode III… hmm.

As for gameplay, it’s the usual business, except by business I mean totally simplified. Not in a bad way. There’s only four weapons to choose from, but they’re all so balanced and easy to handle. You also have a melee thing which let’s you dig your dagger into droid’s brains and make them leak blue liquid over your helmet visor. Almost disgusting stuff, but it’s actually a nice little touch. Whenever you’re down and out, your team mates can revive you, until you get to the nearest health station. It’s nice being the boss of Delta Squad because everyone wants your babies, especially Sev, cheeky bugger.

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This is a squad based shooter, and the squad commands are so simply performed it might as be just a matter of blinking. You tap the D-pad up, down, left, right etc. to make your squad do stuff. When you also come across a special event, like  breaching a door, explosives planting or splicing a computer, you can do it yourself or have your squad take care of it. The squad elements are kind of subtle, but they are needed if you want to survive. One section of the game sees Delta Squad split up, and on your own it is pretty difficult.

Multiplayer wasn’t that important of an element, to me anyway, but from what I’ve heard it was a quite fun experience. With it now on Steam for $9.99, and backwards compatible with the Xbox 360… I don’t see why you should miss the opportunity to play this gem. Multiplayer will obviously be alive on the PC market, but I’m not sure about the console platform. Nevertheless, give the single player experience a shot. You’ll have a blast, trust me. Oh and SEV DIES.

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  • racingfreak92

    i dont know why you would spoil the ending after you tell people to try the game.

    there were more guns than just the blaster that changed modes. you had the shotgun, trandoshin blaster, the rocket laucher, chain gun and probably some other stuff i cant remember.

    i wouldnt be so sure about MP being alive on pc either. i had no idea this game was on pc until it was released on steam and the mutliplayer was kinda fun on xbox but it was kinda a ripoff of UT/Quake but not as good

  • Nathan Hardisty

    I spoiled it because I’m cool.

    You had four modes, correct, I called them weapons because well.. they do different things and fire different stuff. Your fourth weapon slot could be swapped for the RPG, Chain Gun and the other stuff.

    I don’t know about MP either, but hopefully it’s still alive.

  • http://www.platformnation.com Adam Jagger (Krazy XP)

    “i dont know why you would spoil the ending after you tell people to try the game.”

    “I spoiled it because I’m cool.”

    Ha ha. Good comeback.

  • http://3dtronics.net Edward

    A couple of comments. One, I think Republic Commando was the greatest game of all time, and that if they announced a second, I would literally go to Skywalker Ranch and steal it from Lucas three months before it came out. Two, Sev did not die, get your facts right. Sev went missing from the squad on the planet Kashyyk, where the game ended, and he fought his way out of the stronghold into the woods. He actually saw the Republic retreating from Kashyyk, which is interesting in its own respect. Third, I have this game for both Xbox and PC. Yes, the MP is dead on Xbox, but plenty of games are still alive on the PC, and you can also get the Unreal Editor which allows you to make your own maps. All in all, buy this game, best game ever! I’ve beaten it at least 20 times on very difficulty, and parts are really hard, but totally worth a playthrough or two!!!!

  • http://None Minicoopermaverick

    SEV IS ALIVE!??!??

    I love the game for PC.

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