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Developer: LucasArts
Platform: X-Box, PS2, GBA
ESRB Rating: Teen
Max Players: 1
Game Type: Third person
Rating: 8 out of 10

Review by: Tuxxer

For the last few days, up to the moment I actually got my grubby little mitts on this game, I wanted it. Badly. I went to three Blockbusters trying to rent it, and two video game stores when I couldn't find it there. I traded in some old games and movies I haven't played/watched in a year, to finance my little transaction for Revenge of the Sith. Totally worth it.

Let's start with the good bits and move on from there, shall we?

There are scenes lifted directly from the movie, sewn into appropriate spots in the game, preceding and following various game chapters. While they do reveal certain plot points, they don't give away everything. The voice actors are very good, right down to the wooden delivery of Anakin's lines. (I guess they weren't allowed to out-act the original actors.) The imitations are spot on. Music, Sound Effects, and dialogue all come straight from the movie, so it's a good experience as far as that's concerned.

Gameplay? Pretty good. Depending on how you perform as Anakin and Obi-Wan (each takes different chapters), you gain further experience that you can pour into attacks, defense, and Force moves; making you a better Jedi. There are secrets on every level that will increase your overall health and Force meters, which is a good way to make the final duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan last longer, no matter which side you take.

Your opponents range in difficulty from the countless droids that your lightsaber cuts through like a hot knife through butter, to intense boss duels with the likes of Count Dooku, General Grievous, and Mace Windu. All leading up to the final confrontation on Mustafar...

The game is not what I would call challenging. Apart from the enemies, the challenges you face in making your way through the levels are elementary. Push this console button. Burn a hole through that wall. Stuff like that. You can increase the difficulty, making yourself more vulnerable to hits and your enemies harder to kill.

The other great facets of the game are the bonus missions and the free-range duels. After completing certain levels of the game, you can play individual challenge levels as Grievous, Yoda, or Anakin. You can also duke it out one on one with a second player as any major character you like, excluding Yoda and Palpatine himself. The duels can take place in a number of areas, including the finished Death Star for a fight between Darth Vader and an older Obi-Wan.

As far as repeat play value is concerned, I don't know. Cheat codes are available to give you everything from full Force abilities, impervious health, to ridiculously large lightsabers. I can anticipate coming home feeling lousy sometime in the future, and know I'd feel a bit better after swatting through a few levels of bad guys with the Dark Side as my ally. And a powerful ally it is.

If you're a fan of Obi-Wan, and the other 3rd person games that LucasArts has produced in the last few years to coincide with the game, you won't be disappointed with Episode III. I highly enjoyed it. Hopefully you will too.

You can pick up this game for X-Box, PS2 or GameBoy Advance.

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