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Also released on the PS1, this game was meant to offer the experiences of a Jedi Master to all the 9 year olds in the world. I'm afraid to say that this wasn't quite the case although it did try its best. Allowing you the option to control 5 different Jedi over 10 missions there was an attempt to make a quality title out of this game. Unfortunately, this game is destined to be sat beside Teras Kasi as an example of poor Star Wars titles.
The problem is that the gameplay is rather clunky and progressing through the levels is hard with the fixed camera angles which make clearing jumps a nightmare for the player. This isn't due to the graphics, which are from the PS1 version and was a rather lazy move since the DC was capable of so much more than this.
The best part of this game is the soundtrack, although that isn't saying much really. It sounds faithfully Star Wars and compliments the levels well. Having said that, it doesn't exactly engage with you that well. The lack of voice acting is also a big let-down.
The boss levels are a nightmare since the controls make it a nightmare for you to block incoming laser bolts. This is a crucial move in the first level so you'll be spending ages trying just to clear this boss. And don't even get me started on the second level.
The problem with this game is that while there was clearly some effort put into the title, the game designs took shortcuts all over the place and didn't take the time to hone the controls or gameplay mechanics. This ultimately kills what could have been a solid action title. Even fans might want to avoid this sadly underdeveloped piece of rubbish.
I cant believe that in the shops this game is already so cheap! I've always been a fan of star wars games. I liked dark forces 1 and 2 and then went on to mysteries of the sith. But Jedi power battles is (unlike previous ones) a playstation game. It has superior graphics and a great side on / overhead camera angle. Lucas arts made the first star wars game when you really took the place of a Jedi. This was a big risk because they knew that if they were to do it properly you would only have one weapon, the light sabre. Many saw this as a disadvantage but I believe that it makes the game far more challenging and addictive to play. With only one weapon they had to make it very versatile with lots of moves and not forgetting your force powers. You can play as one of 5 different Jedi who all have similar but different force powers and moves. There is qui – gon – Jin, Obi one kenobi, plo koon, Mace windoo and I forget the other one. After a while you develop your own technique to taking out enemies and your own way of using your force power. The co-operative option is very good and it has been done without a split screen. I find the game far more enjoyable when you play against the droid armies, allied with a friend.
Become your favourite Jedi Knight and battle your way thru 10 action packed levels, wielding your trusty light saber, in defence of Queen, honour and the galaxay. For any Star Wars fan, it sounds too good to be true. And alas, it is. The opening sequence certainly delivers. The "Battle of the Fates" from the classic lightsabre battle at the end of Episode 1, blasts out as you watch a fairly well animated sequence featuring the main characters from the game, Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, Mace Windu and two others who seem to have been invented for the game, doing battle with assorted mechanical baddies before facing down Darth Maul. Title sequences are all well and good but what about the game. As I said, there are 10 levels, all set in locations from the movie and which faithfully follow the plot. In most levels you just have to get to the end and defeat the Boss guy without getting killed yourself. Along the way you will encounter other characters from the movie such as Jar-Jar Binks, Anakin and Queen Amidala and you will be gifted with the task of safetly escorting them to a particualr point in the level without them getting killed. So whos trying to kill you. Well tons of trade federation droids for a start, a few destroyers (the cool rolling droids), assorted bounty hunters, and of course......Darth Maul! And all youve got to help you is your trusty lightsabre and your Jedi powers. The lightsabre can be used for defence and attack. You have a couple of attack moves and attacks can be used in combos. More combos are unlocked the further into the game you go. The controls for the lightsabre work pretty well, however you soon find that repeatedly hitting the same button works just as well as attempting to put together a clever combo move. Each character has their own specific Jedi offence power. There is a fair amount of platform hopping as well where you get a chance to use your Jedi J
ump, a cool looking double flip. So whats wrong with the game? It just feels as if the whole thing has been put together in a hurry and with little enthusiasm from the production team. The levels are graphically fairly uninspiring. There are areas on the screen that the character cannot move into, not because there is something physically impeding them but because the programmer has deemed it out of bounds. The animation of the characters is only average at best. And after 10 levels the action becomes fairly repetitive. Its all jump and slash and run and slash. Worst of all tho, there are no proper cut sequences. This kind of plot driven game requires cut sequences to connect the levels and keep a coherent story going. But not here. At the end of the level you get your bonus score and onto the next level with no explanation. I completed the game more with a sense of duty rather than because I wanted too. This might have been acceptable a few years ago, but not now that we have games which deliver intricate plotting such as Code Veronica and Tomb Raider. There is no on-line function. There is a 2 play battle zone mode and the game itself can be played with 2 players. The is a seven level training mode which promises a secret for completion. Not a very exciting secret tho. It unlocks another character, the cone-head from the Jedi Council sequence of Eps 1. I bought the game because I am a big Star Wars fan and the game will definitely yield most of its limited appeal to them. Non-Star Wars Im afraid will be fairly disappointed.