Star Wars: Republic Commando is getting a re-release on PS4 and Nintendo Change later this month, however is it value taking part in? It’s an outdated sport that’s getting a contemporary lick of paint and never a lot else, however I’d argue that’s all it actually wants.
Earlier than we get this overview underway, it ought to be famous that this overview is predicated on the unique sport operating on Xbox Sequence X|S with backwards compatibility enhancements. That being mentioned, it’s basically the identical sport that may launch when Star Wars: Republic Commando releases on April sixth. The one variations will likely be variations between the decision, some tweaks to the controls, and the U.I on Xbox being slightly blurrier because of the approach the enhancements work on Microsoft’s consoles. For all intents and functions, although, it’s the very same sport. After all, I’ll almost certainly find yourself taking part in it once more on PS5 (by way of backwards compatibility) for the trophies as a result of I’m a sucker for digital doodahs.
So, what’s all of it about then?
Star Wars Republic Commando is a little bit of an oddity, or at the very least it was. See, again in 2005, the 12 months Republic Commando launched, Star Wars video games had been both dog-poo, or they had been OK, however they had been not often ever honest-to-goodness first-person shooters.
Positive, we had the unique Star Wars Battlefront and the Jedi Knight collection, however they weren’t correct first-person shooters. Battlefront was a Battlefield clone and Jedi Knight was a mix of first-person shooter and third-person action-platformer/maddening-puzzler.
Republic Commando took Star Wars into new territories by introducing a crack-squad of tremendous clones in a Ghost Recon model outing, although considerably streamlined when in comparison with the well-known Tom Clancy collection.
Republic Commando undoubtedly takes inspiration from different shooters of its day. Similarities between Ghost Recon, Brothers in Arms, and particularly Halo, given the sci-fi setting, are apparent, nevertheless it’s by no means so apparent to be thought of a blatant rip-off.
The massive query is, then, does it maintain up lately? Is Republic Commando value taking part in on trendy consoles? Sure, however you’ll must take the tough with the graceful.
The moment-to-moment gameplay is sweet with the sport offering a stable if slightly brief, single-player marketing campaign that takes the tremendous troopers on just a few Star Wars-y missions. You’ll get into mad firefights with droids, tremendous battle droids, Genoshian warriors, and extra.
Regardless of the sport’s age and the tech behind it, it nonetheless manages to really feel fairly trendy. The controls are slightly heavy and also you’ll undoubtedly really feel a bit uneasy going into your first battle, nevertheless it’s not unwieldy by any means. Consider Killzone and the way heavy the weapons really feel there and also you’ll have a good suggestion of the heft that’s felt behind Republic Commandos’ fight.
The tactical features, whereas being impressed by Ghost Recon and Brothers in Arms, just isn’t fairly as deep as both. You’ve got restricted management over your squadmates. You maintain down the command button which brings up instructions which might be mapped to the d-pad. You can, nevertheless, undergo your complete sport and by no means use them; the A.I is respectable sufficient that your fellow clones will battle when they should, take cowl when issues get heavy, and even revive you if you fall in battle.
Nearly all of instructions that you simply’ll give to your troopers are contextual instructions. So, for instance, if a passage must be blown open with explosives, you goal your reticule on the blockage and command a clone to go blow it up. Likewise, if a door must be hacked open, it’s the identical deal. Although you’ll have to control their well being meters as they don’t all the time go and seize a beautiful little bit of bacta when they should, however you’ll be able to command them to in the identical approach as different contextual actions. And I really like this, solely as a result of I can’t get sufficient of listening to “go and get your self some bacta, soldier”. (Watch the video for the spot-on impersonation that I’ve been repeating continuous for weeks…)
One thing else I actually appreciated, and this can be a small factor that you simply’ll overlook about after you’ve seen it a few occasions, is your view getting stuffed with gunk, after which your visor cleansing it away robotically. It’s such a cool contact and I personally can’t get sufficient of it.
One other visible impact that actually stands out is the low-light mode. Or evening imaginative and prescient, as we Milk Means dwellers name it. It will trick you into considering you’re taking part in a sport produced throughout the final 5 years, not 15. After all, the night-vision filter masks a variety of what dates the sport, just like the low-quality textures, shadows – and generally the dearth of – nevertheless it’s brilliantly finished and it was spectacular again then and it’s nonetheless spectacular right now.
Republic Commando is clearly lacking just a few of the comforts we’re used to with trendy video games, and the multiplayer mode is nothing to shout about. However, it’s a first-person Star Wars shooter that managed to interrupt away from the mediocre tie-ins and carve out its personal house. Sadly, it by no means acquired a sequel, however possibly now that the Star Wars license is being unfold exterior of EA’s grasp, we’ll see one thing comparable sooner or later. I hope so as a result of Star Wars is wealthy pickings for the precise developer, and a correct tactical shooter can be aces in my guide.
Star Wars: Republic Commando Overview
Total – Very Good – 7.5/10
Star Wars: Republic Commando remains to be value a play in 2021, regardless of the place you select to play. The gameplay holds up even when the presentation doesn’t, nevertheless it’s the worth you pay to play a real first-person shooter within the Star Wars universe with nary a lootbox in sight.
- A real Star Wars first-person shooter!
- Nonetheless performs nice and tells an honest Star Wars story
- Generally is a bit troublesome with some unfair checkpointing
- A number of the visuals haven’t aged effectively
Overview Disclaimer: This overview was carried out utilizing a duplicate of the sport purchased on the expense of the reviewer. For extra data, please learn our Overview Coverage.
Main model examined: Xbox. Reviewed utilizing: Xbox Sequence X and Xbox Sequence S.