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Link Antilles
11-12-2003, 04:20 AM
My review:

You Game Cube veterans out there remember playing Rogue Squadron II, right? For it's time, it had some of the best graphic you could find on a Next-Gen system. Well, Rogue Squadron III doesn't disappoint in the graphics department. The creators have gone back and pushed the Game Cube's hardware farther with bigger explosions, better textures resolution, and more units flying around than you can a shake gaffi stick at. This doesn't come without consequence. The frame rate has decrease some, but not noticeable to most.

Fortunately, they’ve redone the music too, by booting the Midi stuff from the first Rogue Squadron that was left in RS II. The game’s sound is true to Star Wars, yet the voice acting needs some retouching. This time around, a few multi-player modes have been added such as; one on one and co-op mode which allows you to play 13 missions of RS II with a friend. This is a blast, if you can find someone to play with. For co-op mode the difficulty is bumped up a good bit to add a challenge for two players and the frame-rate is on par with the single player mode. Co-op mode is one of my favorite parts of the game.

Single player mode is divided into 3 paths; the first path contains a training mission, an assault on Yavin mission and several Bonus missions; unlocked by earning a certain number of medals for the missions you complete. The second path is the Luke Skywalker campaign, which contains several on-foot missions. The third is the Wedge Antilles campaign, which contain mostly flying missions. Both the Luke and Wedge campaigns eventually come together with the Battle of Endor.

The flying missions are the games strong point like the last. Now to some, the controls may feel a bit out-dated and are the same as RS II, but that's not a major concern. New ships have been added like a Jedi Star fighter armed with Sonic Charges and an Experimental Tie Hunter. Also, a few ships have been updated with rechargeable missiles. In addition, vehicles have been added to the game. The vehicles range from the lanky AT-ST to the nimble speeder bikes, which equally are fun to drive. The same can’t be said about the on-foot missions, which are the bane of the game and ruin some awesome flying and vehicle levels. Most of the on-foot missions involve just running in a set path and hitting the fire button as fast as possible. The game automatically targets for you, which dumbs down the on-foot missions even more. The camera is automatically controlled and I personally believe the camera is out to kill you. More rants about the on-foot missions: (1) The movement controls are pulled straight from the docking bay’s in RS II, (2) you can roll, which is something you’ll probably never use, (3) the blaster is so inaccurate you have to hit people at point-blank range, (4) jumping adds tedious plat-forming areas, and (5) the enemy AI seems only to run at you and shoot. Likewise, you counter this by doing the same thing. To sum it up the on-foot missions are just void of fun and an unnecessary chore. They just needed to toss out the on-foots and throw in some more airtime with the X-wing.

RS III is like the special addition of you favorite DVD. It’s chock-full of special little features like commentary, making of, near DVD-quality scenes from the Classic Star Wars movies, missions over planets from the expanded universe books, and well…. you’ll have to find out the rest. These unlockable features add great replay value to game.

In short, the game’s strong points greatly out weigh the low, for fans of RS II. Most others, I recommend you rent before you buy.


I give it a 7. 4 out of 10


What do you guys think about RS III?

DarthMuffin
11-13-2003, 12:37 PM
I don't have a gamecube (and I don't want one), so I don't really know what it's all about.

However, I think that adding some foot missions are destroying the game (RS1 fan here). I mean, come on, if you play rogue, you want a freakin' ship! If you want a shooter, you'd take JK and the like.

Sequels are rarely the eqivalent of their predecessors (BGII being the only exception I know)

another_trooper
11-14-2003, 01:50 AM
Originally posted by Darth54


Sequels are rarely the eqivalent of their predecessors (BGII being the only exception I know)

*cough* Jedi academy, diablo2, warcraft3, vice city *cough*
But you are right, foot level arent what rogue squadron is or was all about. . .

Jed
11-16-2003, 09:40 PM
Originally posted by another_trooper
*cough* Jedi academy, diablo2, warcraft3, vice city *cough*
But you are right, foot level arent what rogue squadron is or was all about. . .

You lie! Nothing was ever good about any of the Diablo games! :P

DarthMuffin
11-17-2003, 07:20 PM
Originally posted by another_trooper
*cough* Jedi academy, diablo2, warcraft3, vice city *cough*
But you are right, foot level arent what rogue squadron is or was all about. . .

Ok, you're right about WC3 and D2. Never played Vice City, so I don't know.

However, I think JK2 is slightly better than academy (unless they fix the overpowered staff)

another_trooper
11-18-2003, 12:41 AM
Originally posted by Darth54

However, I think JK2 is slightly better than academy (unless they fix the overpowered staff)

Funny how quick people change opinions nowadays. . . :rolleyes:

Tie Guy
11-18-2003, 02:38 AM
The problem was that they thought people wouldn't want all the same stuff again so they tried to mix in all sorts of new junk. They couldn't have been further from the truth. I would have been thrilled with another game just like RSII with different missions, and so would most other fans of the game.

DarthMuffin
11-21-2003, 09:35 PM
Originally posted by another_trooper
Funny how quick people change opinions nowadays. . . :rolleyes:

Well, after going halfway through the SP for a third time, I realized that all the stuff they announced (being able to make your own way through the story etc.) was just bull****. In fact, the missions can hardly be considered as being part of the story.

Having two sabers looks cool, but all you really do is click the little mouse button to score more and more hits... that becomes boring...

I enjoyed multiplayer a little bit less also... perhaps because lando (you know what I mean :) ) is no longer there :(

another_trooper
11-21-2003, 11:10 PM
Originally posted by Darth54
I enjoyed multiplayer a little bit less also... perhaps because lando (you know what I mean :) ) is no longer there :(

Unfortunately, I do
:D