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Dave Maul
07-21-2000, 05:01 PM
Here you go; you can tidy it up with bold, underline, etc.

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Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace - Review

Platforms: Sony PlayStation, PC

Generally, games inspired by movies don’t do well. However, the Star Wars series goes from strength to strength, gathering better graphics and sound with each new title released. And this, one of the first games released based on the new movie The Phantom Menace, is no exception.

Gameplay

The plot of the game follows the movie very closely, and some may find this a bad thing. Others, however, will enjoy being able to explore all the various locations seen in the film. Naboo, Otoh Gunga, Tatooine; they’re all here, and are free for the player to explore. This gives the game a lot of replay value, as you can go back and see where all those secrets were. Mos Espa is truly interesting, as you can talk to almost anybody you meet (watch out for the thugs, though!)
All the characters from the movie are in the game, from Obi-Wan Kenobi down to Mawhonic the pod racer. They all blend in well against the settings. And new characters are included to aid you in sidequests you may encounter. These take you away from the plot of the film and show you the lives of inhabitants. The sidequests range from searching for someone to freeing captured civilians.
A lot of people have complained about the angle of which the camera is behind the player; it is a bit different, but it doesn’t take much time to get used to. The angle is easily changeable on the PC version with a code.

Sound

If there is one area of games that LucasArts is good at, it’s sound. The wonderful music is taken directly from the movie, and changes depending on what situation you are in. The sound effects are all here as well; not just the average lightsaber ‘Vwing’, but down to little details like people talking in the background and footsteps.
Some of the movie cast are back for the game, namely Ahmed ‘Jar Jar Binks’ Best and Jake ‘Anakin Skywalker’ Lloyd. But the other characters are in the game, and their voice actors do a tremendous job at making you believe they are who they are pretending to be.

Graphics

Now, here’s where the PC wins hands down. The camera movement between cutscenes is smoother, and the characters look more realistic in high-resolution. However, the PSX doesn’t slow down if there are lots of characters on screen; this happens a few times on PC if you don’t have a good processor.

Cutscenes

While they don’t live up to Final Fantasy 8 or such, the FMVs in this game look really good. The character’s faces and bodies don’t look as good as the droids or ships, but they are good enough to supply a nice link between levels.

Overview

This game came out about the same time as the movie, back in 1999. I’ve seen it around for PC for £19 (roughly $30), and I bought my PlayStation version when it came out for £25 (roughly $40). I bought the PSX version as I didn’t have a very fast computer at the time, but an advantage to PlayStation owners is that TPM comes with the music video for "Duel of the Fates", a great piece of music from the film. It includes some great behind-the-scenes footage. Overall, this game is well worth getting if you love Star Wars, or if you love games that give you freedom to explore and interact with creatures in a galaxy far, far away…


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Matt Kenobi
07-21-2000, 05:50 PM
PURRRFECT do you want your real name or dave Maul put on the site?

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Dave Maul
07-21-2000, 06:22 PM
It's a Star Wars site, so let's go with Dave Maul.

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Matt Kenobi
07-22-2000, 12:55 AM
great!! http://www.jediknight.net/mboard/biggrin.gif http://www.jediknight.net/mboard/biggrin.gif http://www.jediknight.net/mboard/biggrin.gif boy that was hard to fit in though, it was really long but excellant, it's up and on and i'm still working on it really hard, i was wondering,(no, i'm not taking advantage of you), if you had any of the other games and maybe you could write one for them???

thanks though

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Dave Maul
07-22-2000, 08:34 AM
Yeah, I've got TPM, JPB, RS, SOTE, SWR, MOTS and (if you classify them as games) Behind the Magic and Insider's Guide.

I've now got six weeks of nothing to do, so I'll try to do a review every few days or so.

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Dave Maul
07-22-2000, 10:51 AM
Just found some more codes:

"gurshick"
Displays credits.

"perf"
Toggles wireframe mode for the level and character models.

"rex"
Displays the message "Feel the power of REX" and toggles wireframe mode for the menus.

"60fps"
Toggles between displaying 60 and 30 animation frames per second (it doesn't actually speed up your frame rate, it just displays the animation faster)

"but i feel so good"
Displays the message "you're the guy with the force" and toggles between Darth Maul's force push and normal force push.

"slowmo"
Enables the "Super Slowmo Mode", goes back to "Normal Mode" if you repeat it.

I really cannot see a difference with the "drop a beat" code, but maybe that's just me. Where is the best place to use it?

Thanks for the mention on the front page, man!
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Matt Kenobi
07-22-2000, 01:07 PM
i know those codes but had a hard time fitting in what i have now because your review was so big http://www.jediknight.net/mboard/biggrin.gif http://www.jediknight.net/mboard/biggrin.gif http://www.jediknight.net/mboard/biggrin.gif http://www.jediknight.net/mboard/biggrin.gif i only put the codes down that seemed to benefit the player.

P.S. i usually use drop a beat in the cantina

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Matt Kenobi
07-22-2000, 01:17 PM
i know all the other games but what is SOTE???i only have RS TPM SWR JK and MOTS, but i only have a PC, a regular Nintendo, Game Boy and that's it, most of my money goes to karting

(later added) do you think i should take the MOTS. section off the site??
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07-22-2000, 02:30 PM
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Matt Kenobi
07-22-2000, 02:40 PM
OOOOOOOOOH, i don't have that one

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Dave Maul
07-22-2000, 04:05 PM
I don't see why you should get rid of the MOTS section right now. Put some links to skin sites, add codes, etc. and it should look okay.

I'll try to cut down my reviews on other games, but even at the length it is now, TPM was very hard to fit in all the stuff I wanted.

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Matt Kenobi
07-22-2000, 04:20 PM
don't worry about length i can deal with that, i'll get some screenshots and stuff for mots. maybe make a link to massassi.net or something.

thanks for all your help

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Dave Maul
07-22-2000, 04:35 PM
Help! I'm thinking of making my own Fan.starwars.com webpage, but I'm confused by all the legal stuff at the beginning. Will I have to pay any money at a certain time? What program do you use?

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Matt Kenobi
07-22-2000, 04:46 PM
no, it's completely FREE, and i don't use any program, it just loads all by itself

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