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Star Wars Episode 3 is an action game for the Gameboy Advance
This game follows the plotline of the Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith film, following Anakins desperate hope to save his secret wife Padme who he married at the end of episode 2. The path to save her however leads him down a path which has him betraying his Jedi order and falling into the clutches of Chancellor Palpatine who is really the evil Darth Sidious.
The game retells the storyline in very brief cutscenes and does a fairly good job covering the main plot points though you will want to watch the movie for all the details.
After the disappointment of the previous game I wasn't expecting to much from this one but I was actually really pleasantly surprised. You can play as either Anakin or his master Obi Wan Kenobi, they both play the same pretty much so it is just up to which of the heroes you prefer.
The lightsaber combat has been significantly upgraded, you can now move around the stage up and down and attack with swift and cool looking lightsaber combos, though I did have some trouble hitting enemies at times as it can be hard to line yourself up on the exact same plane as them. There is also a super move you can do which when activated your character with leap around the screen from enemy to enemy and annihilate them with his lightsaber, nice!
You have a range of force attacks that you can use from the force push, force speed, force heal and force shield for Obi wan. Anakin gets some more violent powers thanks to his fall to the dark side including the iconic force choke, force rage and lightsaber throw.
You can also duel against some of the Jedi and Sith, how this works is you watch what move they are doing then you use the same move to parry the blow and strike back with one of your own. It's actually very good and makes you feel like a Jedi master yourself reading your opponents moves and using them against them!
Graphics are quite cartoony and well drawn, the characters look like the actors from the show, the music is good too with remixed versions of the iconic themes though they don't sound to great coming from the Gameboy speaker!
This game is alot of fun and a huge turn around for the series, a much better game than its predecessor.
Developed by Ubisoft's Montreal studio, each version leverages the strengths of its handheld platform to produce the ultimate Jedi action experience. The control of multiple heroes, devastating Force powers and never-before-seen locations are just a few of the elements in store!