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Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter

Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter Lucas Arts Entertainment Co. LLC Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
Lucas Arts Entertainment Co. LLC

Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Teen
ASIN: B00006409Y

Check price @ Review: The force is truly with Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter. This first-person space shooter will appeal to fans of the genre, and will especially excite any Star Wars buffs: there's a lot of material in this game that covers the period between Episode I and Episode II.

The time prior to the events of Star Wars: Episode II is a chaotic one. Pressure between the Republic and Count Dooku is building, and the Count has a plan that will give him the upper hand. He's made a deal with Captain Toth of the Trade Federation, who intends to take over the resource-abundant Karthakk system. He has met almost no resistance, except for the alien smuggler Nym.

Aware that the Karthakk system must not fall into Dooku's hands, Mace Windu dispatches his former student Adi Gallia (now a Jedi Master) to the system in an experimental force-powered starfighter. She joins forces with Nym, and together they just might have a chance at stopping Captain Toth.

Jedi Starfighter has 15 story-driven levels and an in-depth tutorial. In all, the game provides over 20 missions, mostly protecting or escorting targets and blowing up droids and other minions of the future Empire. The action takes place in space, as well as in the sky over various planets. You can play as either Adi or Nym, and you can also play the entire game in two-player split-screen cooperative mode. The Xbox version has an exclusive head-to-head scenario called Coruscant Territory Capture--think Star Wars meets Capture the Flag.

The two main ships you fly are Adi's Jedi starfighter (the same ship piloted by Obi Wan in Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones) and Nym's strike bomber. Adi's ship is fast and light with four force powers (force field, force lightening, force reflex, and force shock wave). Nym's ship has heavier armor in addition to energy bombs, cruise missiles, proximity mines, and cluster missiles. The cockpit is set up similarly in both ships, so it's easy to switch between them.

This game is good, but there are a few weak points. The voice dialogue, while well-scripted, never shuts up and may drive you batty. The AI is downright dumb early in the game: for example, you can blast away at an enemy troop carrier, and it keeps going on its merry way until it's destroyed (the drones are somewhat trickier, but soon become predictable). The AI does improve later on, but some may not feel challenged even then. Lastly, the button placement on the already cumbersome Xbox controller is difficult--the zoom button is right next to the shoot button, making it pretty much impossible to do both at the same time.

Bottom line: Star Wars Jedi Starfighter is a fun space shooter--especially for two-player gaming--that shows off your Xbox. --Bryan Karsh

Good training missions
Two-player cooperative and combative modes
Sharper, smoother graphics than PS2 version

Too much dialogue
Difficult button placement
Dumb AI Product Description: The galaxy is in turmoil as the events of Star Wars: Episode II rapidly approach. Mace Windu dispatches one of the Council's top Jedi, Adi Gallia, to investigate disturbances in the Karthakk system caused by a secessionist movement that threatens to expand. Using the Republic's new prototype Jedi starfighter, Gallia sets out on missions that lead to events depicted in the Star Wars: Episode II film. She quickly gains an upper hand in space battles using her Force powers, but will these be enough to counter the massive fleet of the evil Captain Toth and a mysterious figure that threatens the very foundations of the Galactic Republic?

You'll fly the new Jedi starfighter and get a look at characters and events from the film. The game contains single- and dual-player action in more than 20 story-based missions. Fly all missions cooperatively with a friend or in single-player mode in a variety of spacecraft. Star Wars Jedi Starfighter features more than 40 new craft, including massive capital ships, three new flyable fighters, new enemy craft, and more.

Customer Reviews:
Boring., November 13, 2002
Reviewer: Walter Reade from Appleton, WI United States
Average graphics, slow gameplay, insanely shallow dialogue, and cheesy music. Need I say more?

Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter X Box, October 27, 2002
Reviewer: indy31 from New Zealand
With the release of Attack of the Clones, this video game is perfect for Star Wars fans who want to be part of the adventure. This game features the Jedi Starfighter with its force weapons such as lightning and shock waves, a deadly combination aided by the infamous Nim and his Havoc fighter. The enviroments are immense and range from a massive asteroid field through to sprawling deserts filled with clone troopers. The enemies' artificial intelligence is also impressive and it's difficult to secure a kill with the enemy dodging and weaving while another one is shooting at you from behind.

The story is set just before the events leading up to Episode 2. Jedi masterAlida Gal must track down a mecenary working with the evil Count Dooku. The aim of the game is to stop the mercenary who has strong forces working with him and a secret weapon which is unveiled as the game progresses. You have your trusty starfighter and Nim's group of bandits to help you along the way. The visuals are the best for any Star Wars game, and the amount of detail is very welcome. It's just what Star Wars fans want, and deserve. A really cool feature of the game is when you complete a mission you get to unlock special craft ranging from the X- Wing to the Slave 1. Great stuff!
SOUND: 9/10

Worth Playing, August 29, 2002
Reviewer: ajcar1992 from Baltimore, MD USA
This is a good game worth playing. I really recomend this. The game is fun and challenging with puzzles to solve, plus you still need to shoot them good. Please buy this.

Hard on System Resources, July 19, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Bethesda, MD
I was expecing a more sophisticated Rogue Squadron, but was disappointed in this game. Graphics are fine, but all-in-all RS was much a much better game.

Technically the game is tough on resources. It's not on the box, but once you buy it, you're instructed in the manual to press CNTRL-ALT-DEL and end all running programs except those required for the system. (Disabling them won't do the website says.) My game won't work on my XP partition at all. It gets into a weird loop at the options menu and just goes wild.

On my 98 partition, it runs, but freezes and stutters, requiring a reboot. Since no one's going to give your money back, buy this at your own risk. And don't say you weren't warned!

This game definately isn't ready for prime time. And even if it were, it would only get three stars.

Poor Simulation and Gameplay, July 3, 2002
Reviewer: rudy from Boulder, co United States
This game should have been called "Jedi Gun Turret" because that's what it simulates. There is no sensation of flying at all and the inaccurate physics of the game become really annoying. Also, the graphics may be good for a PS2 game but they're only passable on the X-Box.

I found this game a huge disapointment. I would strongly recommend that anyone thinking of buying it, rent it first. (In fact, I even wanted my [money] back after renting it)

Great game, very fun, awsome sound, NOT ENOUGH LEVELS!, June 11, 2002
Reviewer: josh_levine from New York, NY United States
This game is truly great, and the audio is amazing. It's true that the graphics and controls take some getting used to, but there are 5 training missions.

Though the unlockable extras are really cool, and keep you motivated to unlock everything, there really needs to be about 3 times as many missions and levels. If your an average gamer, you may love this game for a week, and then grow tired of it.

Still I would recommend this game for what it does have, this game is NOT a waste of money, but leaves you wanting more.

Much better game!, June 7, 2002
Reviewer: Westley Merlin from USA
Much better control, graphics, sound music, storyline, just buy it!!!!!!!!I reccomend it to flight simulation star wars fans!!

Fantastic Game, June 2, 2002
Reviewer: An 11-year old gamer
Jedi Starfighter is an awsome game that will keep you playing it over and over again. The Xbox version offers one extra bonus mission and a slight improvement to the already fantastic graphics of the Playstation 2 version. In the orginal Starfighter they followed the back story of The Phantom Menace. While in this game it follows the backstory of Attack of the Clones. In this game we have the return of Nym, Reti, and Jinkins three of our favorites from the original Starfighter. Though Reti and Jinkins were never playable charactors before. This game is two player with cooperative action that makes the game fun. We also get to play as Adi Galli a Jedi Knight who actually has force powers in space combat. This game also has DVD like extras that can be unlocked by playing the game right. Overall this a fantastic game for any system but I recommend the Xbox version.

don't buy, May 29, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from New York, NY, USA
i do not recomend buying this game. it's graphics are bad and about every other 3 minutes it freezes for no reason at all. me myself... i am a star wars fan but this embarast me. i would much rather play halo or madden 2002 or something like that

final statement. !!DON'T BUY!!

Good as a gift, May 29, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Germantown, WI USA
The game is ok. The main knock I have is that the controls are extremely confusing. The controls change from battle to battle and you have no idea even what "mode" you are in when you start.

The graphics are decent and the ship is fun and easy to fly. The force powers add a nice dimension - but again - too difficult to control.

Also - the game is pretty linear. The replay value isn't very high.

I'll just go back to Halo...

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