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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
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Bad, this game is. Play it, you must not.
Genre(s): Action-adventure
Rating(s): ESRB: T
PEGI: 12
ACB: PG
Platform(s): Microsoft Windows
Xbox 360
PlayStation 2
PlayStation 3
PlayStation Portable
Wii
Nintendo DS
Release: October 6, 2009
Developer(s): Krome Studios
Publisher(s): Lucasarts
Series: Star Wars


Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes is a video game tie-in to the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series, developed by Krome Studios and published by LucasArts. It released for the Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PSP and PlayStation 2 on October 6, 2009. A Nintendo DS port was also developed by LucasArts Singapore.

Plot

The game follows the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, and other Jedi and clone troopers during the Clone Wars. The Confederacy of Independent Systems recruits Skakoan scientist Kul Teska to develop a new superweapon, prompting an investigation by the Galactic Republic, who attempts to stop its construction.

Why The Tinnies Gave Up

  1. The title screen is really blurry and looks like a stock image.
  2. Dreadful camera that is far away from the players, resulting in many deaths.
  3. Speaking of deaths, there is no penalty for dying aside from losing points. You simply respawn immediately after dying.
  4. The platforming guides itself, which ends up being confusing to those accustomed to playing platformers.
  5. Dull combat. Enemies put up almost no resistance and most are killed by one hit.
  6. There is an upgrade system, but it's completely useless because the game is ridiculously easy.
  7. The game stops to give you hints too often. These hints interrupt the game and force the player to skip through them. They often also tell the player useless information that they already know.
  8. Boring, throwaway puzzles.
  9. The Droid-Jak ability makes no sense. The ability allows Jedi to control droids by sticking their lightsabers through the droid's head. Lightsabers are not a hacking tool, it should disable the droid completely.
  10. Blurry and glitchy graphics with many performance issues, especially compared to The Force Unleashed released a year earlier. The PS2 and Wii versions also have worsened graphics and an unstable framerate. The cutscenes also have stiff and robotic animation.
  11. Mediocre story.
  12. Cheesy voice acting and constant cringe-worthy one-liners.
  13. The game is filled to the brim with glitches.
    • The players can glitch through walls and the floor resulting in either death or the game breaking.
    • Enemies can also become glitched in similar ways, like getting stuck in walls.
    • There are also glitches where the game seemingly progresses by itself before the players complete the given objectives.
    • As previously mentioned, the platforming is automatically guided by the game, but only registers sometimes resulting in deaths.
  14. Bad controls, especially the platforming, that results in a ton of deaths from falling off of things.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The graphics do at least look exactly like the show that the game is based on.
  2. The game features the voice actors from the show, including Matt Lenter, James Arnold Taylor, and Ashley Eckstein.
  3. Playing co-op can make the game slightly more tolerable.
  4. The villain, Kul Teska, looks really cool, even if his bosses get repetitive.

Reception

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes scored generally negative reviews. Metacritic holds a score of 46% on the PC version, a 43/100 on both the Xbox 360 and PS3, and a 48/100 on the Wii. The fixed camera view, repetitive gameplay, and dull story were among the most criticized aspects of the game. GameSpot awarded it a negative score of 3.5 out of 10, saying "Even the most diehard Star Wars fan will have a hard time stomaching this disappointing effort" and calling it "one spectacularly frustrating platformer." It has been deemed as the worst Star Wars game ever, next to Masters of Teras Kasi.

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