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Star Wars: Clone Wars Preview (PS2, GC)
game: Star Wars: Clone Wars
posted by: Jason Frank
publisher: Lucas Arts
date posted: 09:10 AM Sat Jun 1st, 2002

Star Wars fans who can't wait until Episode III for the plot to move forward are in luck because they'll have Star Wars: The Clone Wars to satiate some of their hunger. The Clone Wars take place just after the events of Episode II and place you in the role of one of three Jedi. As Anakin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, or Mace Windu you will command regiments of the Clone Army and pilot various vehicles in an effort to preserve the republic. The game promises to span many planets, and although it will basically be an action oriented shooter, there will also be some RTS elements incorporated into the game to add depth.

The game that I saw at E3 was a truly impressive sight. As you fly one of the troop transports over the barren wasteland of Genosis you will be amazed at the level of activity on the ground. It seems like there are literally hundreds of Clone Troopers and Droids marching across the landscape, firing back and forth at one another. Your ship's lasers rake the ground and cut through swaths of the advancing enemy; it really feels like being in the movie. In another section of the game, you get to ride on a speeder bike. An infamous evil jedi has bombed the Wookie homeworld with poisonous gas. Atop a speeder, you are trying to outrun the gas, while dodging enemy fire. All this, of course, while you're flying through the forest, dodging trees in a scene reminiscent of Return of the Jedi. This was a title that I literally expected to yawn myself through, but once again LucasArts came up big when I least expected them to and impressed me with their beautiful graphics and innovative game play.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars also features several multiplayer games, including Duel, King of the Hill, Conquest, and others. Multiplayer support allows for between two and four players on GameCube and two-player split-screen mode on PlayStation 2. The multiplayer games I played allowed gamers to choose from a variety of vehicles showcased in the movie and go for it in a deathmatch. This allows for some interesting vehicle match-ups. Clone Wars will be out this fall and could be one of the best Star Wars games ever. Watch for it.