“ Co-developed by Lucas Arts and Factor 5, this is the un-official, semi-sequel to Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. With 16 levels and several different craft to pilot over a variety of terrains, Battle for Naboo should be released in the US before the end of the „
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Here comes the second episode 1 game. All of the star wars games on the N64 have been pretty good (Lets forget Shadows of the Empire), rogue squadron and pod racer were both highly entertaining titles and now, 2 years later, the battle for naboo is a very promising game. Basically the game centres around the event on the planet of Naboo in Queen Amidala's home world while shes off with those jedi types. You have to command unknown characters unfortunately but its still Star Wars!! The game features several different craft and a variety of levels, including the claustraphobic streets of Theed and many different enemies like battle droids, droidekas and pirates. The game goes at a very fast pace and sometimes becomes very confusing but the clarity and detail of the levels is very good. The fog that occurred in Rogue squadron has been pretty much removed and the great weather effects lead to very impessive graphics. The game has a few fallings, such as the difficulty of some levels, especially if you try to get all the medals but you will forget these quickly and realise that this is one very entertaining game!
Now, Star Wars games have always been touch-and-go. The Star Wars license is always desperately sought after, and is very elusive, due to Lucas Art’ domination of the market. Some of the Star Wars game shave been great, namely Rogue Squadron and Star-fighter. But now there is another game to conquer the Star Wars World. Battle For Naboo is a new N64 flying simulator, based on the same engine as Rogue Squadron. It was made by THQ and Lucas Arts, and in my view is the Best Star Wars game yet. The dark shadow of the trade federation has fallen over Naboo. In the capital city of Theed, an invasion force has landed. Fearing for her planet, Queen Amidala plans to escape Theed in order to plead Naboo’s case before the galactic Senate on Coruscant. But while she is away, Naboo is grave danger and must be protected. As Lieutenant Gavyn Sykes, a member of the Naboo Royal Security Force, You must navigate the treacherous streets of occupied Theed in order to escape and form a resistance Movement. Flee into the remote reaches of Naboo to discover the stormy swamps, snow-covered mountains, secluded bayous, and ancient ruins that lie beyond the populated cities. Dogfight in narrow ravines in a Naboo Starfighter, navigate the mine-laden rivers in a stolen Trade Federation gunboat, and chase droid forces across the fields of Naboo in heavy STAPS. Do whatever it takes, just find your allies - smugglers, pilots, Fellow Royal Security officers and end the depression of the Trade Federation. The people of Naboo are dying! You must do something quickly! Battle for Naboo takes you across the planet of Naboo, the skies above and even into the far reaches of space. Take Control of 7 vehicles: the Naboo star-fighter, Gian speeder, and new craft like heavy STAPS, Trade Federation gunboats and more. The terrain varies, which adds a new element of game-play. This is one of few games that lets you pilot vehicles over land, sea air, and even space. Th
ere is a wide variety of ships, and each one is described to you during the game. When you get through the game, you can often go back to older missions, and try out newer ships you may have unlocked. The Sith speeder and rebel speedboat are also available for unlocking, by getting all gold or platinum medals! The single player missions vary in difficulty, but completing the game should not be too difficult for anyone. However, like in Rogue Squadron, there is a medal system. Finish a level with high accuracy, kills, speed, and friendly saves, with all of your lives intact, and you could earn a bronze, silver, gold or even platinum medal. The better the medals you earn, the more likely you are to unlock new levels or ships. The single player has a great storyline, with amazing FMV’s and cut-scenes. The use of the expansion pack really pushes the game to the limits. The missions vary from attacking enemy installations, protecting civilians or escorting them, to huge space battles, each one in a different ship. You can even earn bonuses along the way, that add to your arsenal. The enemy AI is often quite high, and where it is not, it is cleverly concealed as part of the game. In the film, the droid star-fighters are pre-programmed, so in the game, you’ll often find them flying the same runs over and over. But there are of course more intelligent enemies. If you get one on your tail, then your wingmen are your only hope! The graphics on the game are sweet, especially on the ships. The ‘shiny’ effects of the Naboo star-fighter looks even better than the PS2’s star-fighter! The backgrounds are much less detailed, but are still great to look at, with hardly any fogging effects. The sounds are also great, your wingmen always keep you updated, and a few lines like “I’m OK, but my fighter is down” have been lifted straight from Rogue Squadron. Although based loosely around the film, only th
e last level is taken from it. In this, you must take down the droid control ship, and you even see Anakin coming out of the hold! One of the great options is being able to strategically change your vehicle during a level, in specially located hangars. You can take to the skies in place of a speeder or vice versa. Sometimes the only way in is over the top! If you find the advanced shields bonus, your shields will recharge during a level, which makes it a lot easier to get that gold! Unfortunately, the place where the game suffers most is in the multiplayer. It has none. The same as Rogue Squadron, Battle for Naboo is a one player game. I was hoping for four player death-matches with my mates, but unfortunately, no such luck. I feel that when Rogue Squadron 2 is released on the GameCube, it should have an extensive multiplayer, it would really help the game. In summary, this is another great Star Wars game. Although THQ seem unlikely partners for Lucas Arts, they have done their job well, and brought us a game with a great storyline, graphics and game-play. Well done, and bring on Rogue Squadron 2!!!
I LOVED THIS GAME. The only complaint I have is it doesn't have any kool cheat like Rogue Squadrens "chicken" cheat that lets you drive a ATAT.Now if it had a cheat like that that would let you drive a AAT, OH YEAH! I've heard some people complain that you cant see and the graphics aren't that good well just slip in a Expansion Pak and it makes the graphics AWSOME. The main difference of Battle for Naboo is that the difference types of vehicles you pilot, and the experience that each offer, are more varied than those found in Rogue Squadron. In Battle for Naboo you can take control of vehicles that travel by land, sea, and air. Some vehicles listed in the lineup include; the fast and agile N-1 starfighter, a heavily armored battle STAP, a stolen Trade Federation gunboat, and the powerful Gian speeder, to name a few. The story of the game, although similar and even sharing key plot points with the Phantom Manace, is an entirely original story line. The Trade Federation has invaded Naboo, the planet's population has been imprisoned, and a small band of rebels have formed a resistance. You assume the role of a young and dedicated Naboo soldier by the name of, Lieutenant Gavyn Sykes. As Sykes you must complete sixteen levels that take you from the streets of Theed to the vacuum of space above the planet. The action and general gameplay is similar to Rogue Squadron in that the missions are of air-to-air, ground-to-ground, and air-to-ground battles, in which, picking the right vehicle for a particular mission is incredibly important. You'll also will be able to seek out hidden power ups, weapons, and secret vehicles to use against the Trade Federation forces, which include; battle droids, droid starfighters, battle tanks, and numerous others. Thankyou for reading PS. sorry about the spelling and grammer