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Reviewed: Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
Publisher: Lucasarts
Developer: Lucasarts
Genre Type: 3D Platform Shooter/RPG
Price: $49.95
Required System:
Reviewer's System: PII233, 96MB Ram, 8GB HD, Riva 128ZX video card (8MB PCI), Win98
Related Games: Star Wars Episode 1: Racer and SWEP1: The Gungan Frontier
Overall Rating:
Author:Michael Ahlf      Date: July 21st 1999
Page: 2
Game Overview:

After seeing Dark Forces, Dark Forces 2, and screenshots from this game, I was expecting a first person shooter with a modicum of roleplaying, or at the very least a third-person game similar to what Heretic 2 had had to offer. After playing it through, I believe it is not very reviewable with any standard criterion. The game followed the storyline of the movie... well in the loosest sense, kind of like a TV movie is "based on a real story."  It felt like a direct translation from one of the console systems -- a locked camera angle, movement keys involving multiple button presses, and enemies that could see you LONG before you saw them, plus gameplay that felt very 2 dimensional except for the ability to jump some obstacles.  On the other hand, the departures from storyline were GOOD, making you wonder why these things didn't get into the movie.  The playing of different characters was a nice touch, if problematic at times when switching handling modes.  All things considered, the game was nice, if not spectacular.

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Added:  Wednesday, July 21, 1999
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Score:
Page: 1/4

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