Monday, October 26, 2009

Xbox 360 - Clone Wars Republic Heroes

Clone Wars - Republic Heroes by LucasArts

Family Friendly: Yes

LucasArts games are hit-and-miss lately. Republic Heroes is a miss. It fails to understand what Star Wars is about. I understand they were trying to make this game feel like the new 3D comic, but it fails to accomplish this well enough.


This is basically a level based game like Super Mario Sunshine or Sonic 3D. It has a stylistic comic look. It attempts to look like the new Star Wars Clone Wars comics. While it mostly succeeds with this, the gameplay mostly fails.

You play as Anakin with his padawan. The padawan follows you around. You crawl the levels with the light saber killing lots of droids over and over. It becomes pretty repetitive relatively quickly. Like Sonic's Rings or Mario's coins, Anakin has blue orbs to pick up. So, as you run around the levels, this what you will need to pick up throughout.

Later on, you get to switch up and play as a Clone trooper for some unknown reason. The gameplay is identical to playing with Anakin, so there's nothing special here.


You can get a lot of achievements fairly rapidly with this one. So, if you're looking for easy achievements, this game has them.


The game is intended for a young audience who's attention span is reasonably short. I found the game extremely repetitive and underwhelming. The story was mostly not there and the graphics were simply mediocre. There's not much depth to this game, so it's mostly about getting the blue orbs.

  • Sound: 7/10 (better than average)
  • Graphics: 6/10 (could be much better)
  • Gameplay: 5/10 (far too linear, no depth)
  • Story: 5/10 (fair)
  • Bugginess: N/A
  • Controls: 9/10 (best part of the game)
  • Bang-to-buck: 1/10 (expensive, not enough to do)
  • Play Value: $5 (rent it)
  • Overall: 5/10 (could have been much better)

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