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      06.01.2010 18:22

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      Its a good game if you can get the hang of the controls and dont mind restarting missions constantly

      Ok well lets start with the good:

      The game contains a good amount of levels, and also contains various ships in order to carry out those missions in. The game is also entirely in 3D, although the game doesnt look too good due to the N64's naturally low resolution.

      Now onto the bad:

      The game doesnt feature any multiplayer whatsoever, though this isnt really an expected feature in such a game.

      The game's control system irritated me, especially when using the tow cable to bring down an AT-AT, i found this extremely difficult on one of the missions as the AT-AT was stupidly positioned next to buildings making it almost impossible to drive around it in circles, especially when being fired at.

      The game can get repetitive after a while, the missions are fairly basic and didnt vary enough to keep my interest for long, they usually just resulted in destroying enemy fighters.

      This may be due to my poor skill, but i did find myself having to restart missions over and over, and as far as i know the game doesnt feature any mission checkpoints, so you start back at the beginning of the mission if you fail near the end.

      Overall i didnt really like the game myself, i played it a bit as it came with my N64, but the game can be bought for a couple of quid and if your a star wars fan and own a N64, i wouldn't stop you from buying this game.

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      18.08.2001 06:10
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      The best flight game on the N64! Rogue Squadron has a brilliant mix of game play and spaceships. The levels are varied and al different. There is an awesome array of ships for you to take control of. There are all the ships from the movies such as the X-Wing and the Snowspeeder and A-Wing. Also available is the Y-Wing and V-Wing. The V-Wing is a new ship and has some great features. It is fast, maneuverable and packs some cool weapons. Also available are the Millennium Falcon, A Tie Fighter and a Naboo star fighter! These can all be obtained using passwords. I am providing a password list a bit later on! Some of the famous areas form the movie can be seen in the game. In the first level on Tatooine you will see Jabba's palace, the crashed life pod, Lukes home and the pit of the Zarlak! Each level has 3 difficulties. Except this time you have to earn medals. You will get a bronze one for completing the level to one standard, a silver if you do it to a higher standard and a gold for getting the highest standard. If you do a level and get, say the highest standard then you will get a gold medal. You don't have to work you way up to get the top award. When you have completed all the levels on and got a bronze on them you will unlock a secret level. There are 3 secret levels. You can race against Wedge and co though a canyon, fly the Death Star trench run or take part in the battle of Hoth. This is a great game and one of the best Star Wars ones around. Definatly worth owning although the lack of a multiplayer mode is annoying. If you are not a Star Wars fan hire it first. Passwords are: To unlock all levels enter “MEAKMAN” For all power ups enter “TOUGHGUY” For the Millennium Falcon enter “FARMBOY” For the tie fighter enter “TIEDUP” (enter Millennium Falcon password first. To get the Tie Fighter press Up on contro
      l stick when viewing the Millennium Falcon) To increase the difficulty enter “ACE” For infinite lives enter “IGIVEUP” To fly as the Naboo star fighter enter “HALIFAX?” then “!YNGWIE!” There are some more but I can’t remember them.

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        12.08.2001 00:31
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        Lets cast our minds back here… Remember the days when the N64 was named Project Reality? When the graphical capabilities of the Playstation were god-like compared to all that stood before it? When the Re-mastered Star Wars were still top of the film charts? You should do it was only a few years ago! Anywho In this time of woe Nintendo with there soon to be names Ultra64 had plans of greatness! They released details of a Star Wars game, a game that would cash in on the unbelievable success of the film saga. The game was Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire. The game consisted of elements of flying missions, but mostly of a terribly disappointing and rubbish third person shooter. It was set from the start of The Empire Strikes back to Return of the Jedi. And you played as some character that I cant remember whom he was. But I do know he had nothing to do with the films! After this complete and utter flop! (About a year after to be accurate!) Nintendo released details of a new Star Wars game. That game was Rogue Squadron. This game took the only good bit out of Shadows of the empire, the flying mission for the battle of Hoth and created an entire game from it… ===Brief History=== With the Death Star Destroyed and the tides of the war turning, Luke Skywalker formed Rogue Squadron. Made up from the best X-Wing pilots the rebel alliance has to offer, with Wedge Antilles, Zev Senesca, Dack Ralter, and Wes Janson, he set out to defend and destroy. ===Story=== You play the whole game as Luke Skywalker, the leader of Rogue Squadron. When the game first starts your ships only have basic weapons, normal missiles, normal plasters etc… but on some of the missions there are powerups. Most of these powerups give your Secondary Weapon a boost. I.E making them Seeker instead of just basic. The missions are very close to the film lines, but they have been alte
        red so that the reason for a rebel star fighter is there. The missions range from escorting a rebel supply convoy through an Imperial controlled planet, to destroying an Imperial Ship Yard or defending a city against an Imperil attack. All the missions require you to take control of a star craft. On most missions you can choose which ship, but some you only have one option. The ships include: X-Wing – Primary Weapon – 4 advanced laser cannons Secondary Weapons – Seeking Torpedoes The X-Wing is probably the most well known fighter in Star Wars, and is available in most missions. The X-Wing has the option to increase its speed dramatically but at the cost the weapons can’t be fired when this option is used. V-Wing – Primary Weapon – Twin Advanced Laser Cannons, Alternative Rapid fire - Secondary Weapon – Seeker Cluster Missiles The V-Wing is the fastest if all the Rebel craft, it has been altered so that the thrusters can provide a sharp fast increase in speed for a limited amount of time. When in rapid Fire mode, laser cannons fire continuously at a tremendous speed, this is best for destroyed large slow or stationary objects, after this is used it takes about 30 seconds before weapons can be fired again. The Cluster Missiles are my fave weapon; it fires 1 missile that brakes up into 6 then each missile goes after a target. Y-Wing – Primary Weapon – Advanced Blaster Secondary Weapon – Advanced Bombs Y-Wing is the slowest of all of the rebel ship and used to destroy large ground targets. The advanced Bombs destroy any building in one direct hit, the laser cannon is slow, but there is an ion that will immobilise an enemy target. It is mainly used as a bomber, as it can carry a large number of bombs, missiles and torpedoes. A-Wing – Primary Weapon – Advanced twin blaster cannons Secondary Weapon &
        #8211; Seeker Missiles The A-Wing has no defences, no armour or shields. It is, with the V-Wing just as fast as any imperial fighter. It carries a limited number of missiles and is the X-Wing little brother, used in short-range mission. Not my personal favourite, but not that bad. Speeder – Primary Weapon – Single Laser Cannon Secondary Weapon – Tow Cable The Snow speeder is a 2-man fighter, the laser cannon is nothing special, and the tow cable is the only weapon that can take down an imperial walker. Special Craft Millennium Falcon – Primary Weapon – Double Quad Laser Cannons Secondary Weapon – Seeker Torpedoes The famous Millennium Falcon is available as a cheat. It is slow and clumsy but carries a large number of torpedoes and is good against large slow objects and large groups of fighters, not that good against one or two tie fighters. Tie Interceptor – Primary Weapon – 4 laser cannons Secondary Weapon – None The Tie inceptor is as fast as an A-Wing, but is seriously more agile and manageable, it can fly circles round the X-Wing. What it gains in speed it loses in defence; it has no armour or no shields. I would recommend this fight to only the more advanced players out there. (These are the Specs for the fighters after every powerup has been achieved!) ===Graphics=== On the most part the graphics in this game great. They are very crisp and sharp and look even better if you play with an expansion pack. The ships look very close to what they do in the films, the X-Wing especially looks very good. The one and main annoyance in the game, comes from the graphics though. When your flying you can only see a small way in front and around you, you cannot see very far into the distance. This means that you cannot see enemies or building that are in front of you. So you have to relay
        on your radar, which is quite hard when you are going very fast. ===Gameplay & Playability=== This game is seriously playable. There are 16 missions with an extra 3 available, including the Death Star Trench run, and the battle of Hoth. Each mission is long and there is little pointless flying about. On each missions you can get one of 3 medals. They are Bronze, Silver and Gold. When you have got a Gold on every mission then all three of the secret missions become available. There are 7 crafts to choose from, after you have completed the game, or used the cheats (I know them if ya want them!) All have different strengths and weaknesses and all are needed through out the game. The power-ups that you can get increase your military power dramatically. The AI for the enemy Tie fighters is good, but not the best I’ve seen. One annoyance is that one some missions you yourself can fight and destroy up to 50 enemy fighters. And that’s just unrealistic! There is a cheat system that gives you extra options through out the game. Like making you invincible, giving you extra lives, extra ships etc… Overall a very playable game ===Conclusion=== This is the best Star Wars game out (On the N64, unless Battle of Naboo is available on the N64 I haven’t played that though), and is not just a cheap cash in on the Star Wars name, like Star Wars Racer etc… This is a really good game. It is very addictive and will keep you playing for a very long time. The system of the medals means that you have to try every missions a lot more then once in order to complete it. And the secret missions are great. There are is a wide variety of mission types and are all great fun, As long as you get to shut down some Tie fighter eh?!?) Overall a great game!

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          19.04.2001 02:01

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          Everyone knows the story of Star Wars, well everyone who hasn't been under a rock for the past 30 years. This game sort of follows the story but from a differernt perspective. You play as Luke Skywalker the leader of Rogue Squadran, made up of the best fighter pilots the rebellion has to offer. Fly on varies missions in the hope to destroy the empire a bit at a time. Blast through amazing 3D worlds on pulse pounding search and destroy, reconnaissance and rescue mission. The stakes are high and the hazards are higher-lose your wing-mates and risk your safety. Cover them and they will keep you alive. Do or Do Not, one thing is for certain there is no TRY! Huge and amazing 3D worlds. Fighters right out of the film and look just as good. Authentic locations from the Star Wars saga. This game has everything to offer, apart from a multi-player option, which is the only downside. This game will keep you hooked till your fingers wear off, or more likely till you complete it, which is no easy task! I recommend this film to Star Wars fans or not.

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          03.04.2001 18:00
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          Finally, a good star wars game on the N64. First we had the terrible Shadows of the empire but now we have a true, Star Wars feeling game. The game is set in between "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." So all of your loved characters are here. From Luke Skywalker to Chewbacca. Instead of missions being of different types such as flying missions, 3rd person shooters and riding speeder bikes, Rogue Squadron sticks to the basic shoot em up idea. All of the missions require you to take control of a craft that you will have seen in the films. You get the opportunity to pilot X-Wings, Y-Wings, A-Wings, The Millennium Falcon and even a Tie Fighter if you know how to find it. There are other ships available, they were just a taster of what you can pilot. Every ship has a secondary weapon available. These can be upgraded by finding specific objects in the one-player missions. These special objects appear as yellow canisters. You have to fly into them and then complete the mission you found them in. After this, the weapon is yours. Each ship handles differently too. The A-Wings are very fast and manoeuvrable. Whilst the Y-Wings are Slow and not very manoeuvrable. The X-Wing is an all rounder; it is has a moderate speed and manoeuvrability. Each ship is equipped with shields too. Again, these can be upgraded. The A-Wing has the weakest shields and the Y-Wing has the strongest. The missions are in classic Star Wars style. With speech from Luke Skywalker, and the other enemies that you face, you really feel like you're in Star Wars. The scenery of each level is enhanced if you have an expansion pak. Although there doesn't seem to be all that much difference. You do missions both in space and on planets. Your objectives range from destroying the empires shipyards to rescuing defectors from the empires conquered planets. The in flight fights reach all time highs as far as stan
          dards go, when the later missions present themselves. Throughout all the missions you fight along side your best mates including Wedge and Ben Antilles. There are also cheats that you can input when you know the specific codes. The cheats have to be entered in the form of passcodes. The cheats include super shields, infinite lives and even the opportunity to pilot a Naboo Starfighter from the famous Episode1. However as with every game, there are disadvantages. A player will notice that there is some fogging on some levels. This is eliminated to a certain extent when you install the expansion pak, but it’s still there even with the pak. This can work heavily to your disadvantage, as you can’t see what’s coming at you in the distance. Also the game doesn’t have a multiplayer in any form whatsoever. The game is purely a one-player venture. Rogue Squadron could have really benefited from a multiplayer. In summary then, Rogue Squadron is a good game. You rarely get annoyed with it. Except for the occasional fogging, which isn’t that common in the game. You have the opportunity to pilot ships from the Star Wars universe and fly with some of your favourite characters. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll love it, if not you’ll probably still like it. You can buy this game quite cheap now (I seen it for as low as 20 pound!) so it’s definitely worth the money.

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            11.03.2001 23:19
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            But it has just changed. No more dodgy games prduced on this hard to get license, as LucasArts has finally realised what we want! This is by far the best flying game I have ever played, and by even further the best Star Wars game ever! You lead a small band of rebels, playing as Luke Skywalker. All the missions take place above the planet surface, not in space, but this is still very good. Missions range from guarding civillian towns, to assaulting Imperial prison facilities. You get to chose from most Rebel ships, except the B-wing (no complaints there), and with a cheat, can get the naboo fighter. The missions are very varied, and most are challenging. You get awarded a medal at the end of a level (none, gold, silver bronze) based on accuracy kills, saves, etc. Get enough medals and you'll even get bonus missions, including the death star trench run! The before and after mission cut scenes are great, and after about 3 missions you get a story update in the scrolling star wars fasion! The gameplay is excellent, and it is so addictive. The graphics are good, but plug in an expansion pack and they are great! Smooth textures, great lighting effects, cool ships, and all on and N64! The sound effects are cool, many taken from the movie, and are very realistic. When R2 gets hit, you even hear him scream! The Star Wars music also plays a part in the game. There is only one difficulty setting, but it is hard enough! The first missions are easy enough, but trying to get a gold on any mission is tough! There is no multiplayer, co-operative or anything, but it is not needed. It has great gameplay, graphics and sound effects, and will have you addicted in minutes, keeping you occupied for at least 3 months! An excellent game, buy it!

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            27.02.2001 00:32
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            Rogue Squadron is a Star Wars space combat game. It is set during the gap between the first Star Wars film and The Empire Strikes Back and follows the fortunes of the elite group of pilots set up by Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles. These twelve pilots are the best in the Rebel Alliance and get the most difficult and dangerous missions. You are Luke Skywalker. As Luke you must lead your squad in several missions, all with the overarching aim of stopping the Empire. The mission types range from attacking ground bases, to rescuing high level Rebel Alliance personnel that have been captured, plus many others. You have the full range of Rebel craft at your disposal, so you get to fly X-Wings, Y-Wings and Snow Speeders. Of course, the Empire has their full compliment of craft, including the awesome AT-AT. The Star Wars universe has been lovingly recreated. The worlds that have been made famous in the films (Tatooine, Hoth, etc) look exactly like they do on celluloid. The game also features some planets that have only previously been seen in comics or books, such as Kessel and Mon Calamari. The 3D graphics are excellent, really immersing you in the Star Wars universe. The AI of Empire craft makes for a challenging game but do not fear - your own loyal Rebel allies are also pretty nifty themselves. Rogue Squadron features an assortment of camera perspectives that range from in-cockpit to several exterior points of view. Immersive 3D details such as real-time lighting and spectacular special effects such as smoke, engine glow, and tracer fire, truly bring the StarWars universe to life. So lets get this right - you get to fly lots of cool ships, destroy Imperial scum and BE Luke Skywalker? Surely someones has read my mind and put it in a game

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              15.12.2000 21:46

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              This game is great and brings out all the action packed action of star wars. As you fly through the air bombing ground troops and circling the aircraft you need to protet. The game features only a single player option but it is enough to keep you happy for a long time. The game is exteremely difficult and the game gets progressively harder, each mission has sits own objectives and requires you to use different skills to acheive it. Their is a choice of different air =crafts for each mission and lenty of missions to keep you going for a long time. The game features varied missions with differnet scenary. Although your team members don't help much they provide you with a scence of being in a real battle which is actioned packed from the start to the end.

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              29.11.2000 18:10
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              I have played and played this game until my fingers hurt. I think that it has got great playablity, yet it still retains a certain amount of difficulty. Rogue Squadrons graphics are well on the bricky side it looks like it is running in 640x400dpi. The levels can be come tedious if you keep dying but the music does get you into that star wars feel. The cut scenes sometimes are just too long to watch, the good thing is, you can skip them. I would say that this game is good, but only purchase it if you can get it second hand for about a tenner. I hope when the new nitendo cube comes out they will be making a superb star wars sequel to smash this one. All in all a well put together game.

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              03.08.2000 15:13

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              This is by far has the best graphics. It had everything that you wish for. Lucas Arts has put so much stuff in this 16 megabyte cartridge. There are so many voices too. That is all thanks to (I belived but not so sure) Factor 5. They had an awsome sound compression, that it was able to fit that many into that 16- megabyte space. i wonder how they would doo it? It is all up to technology:) I wish that the next Star Wars game would feature IMPROVED graphics and more importantly awsome sound!

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              15.07.2000 18:46

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              After the mish-mash of Shadows of the Empire, Factor 5 studios adhere to the maxim "Do one thing and do it well." In this case a great fun Star Wars fighter. While much more simplistic than, say, X Wing v Tie Fighter, the graphics are sharp and clear, especially when you have an expansion pack. The missions are direct and require very little pointless flying around, loosing for hidden targets. Just like Episode One Racer, the feel of the game matches the tone of the movies and all the action feels authentic. However it never feels quite intensive enough to make it an absolute classic or a must have. Still, this should keep you happy until the next wave of Star Wars games come along.

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              08.07.2000 21:40
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              If you're a fan of star wars then you'll love this. I say that because I'm not a fan and I still love this game. Each level is different and offers new and exciting missions to try your hand at. Beware though, the missions do get hard - very hard. The type of enemies you have to combat are exactly those theat you might expect to see in the films. e.g at at's, tie fighters etc. Another feature of this game which I really like is the range of different ships you can ride in, each with different adv's and disadv's. A well made and addictive game for all.

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              24.06.2000 02:06
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              This game is fun to pick up and play, but for a game that you can't put down I don?t think this one fits the bill. It is an average game with good graphics (except the fog in which is very bad) but the control is hard and very frustrating. There are lots of missions and the lasting appeal is good but I soon found myself a bit annoyed with one bit that was too hard, not because it was a difficult game but because the control system was a bit uncontrollable.

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              15.06.2000 06:57

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              ...But a good one at that, you aren't really subjected to alot of Sci-Fi fans over-knowledge of the Starwars triliogy, and as airborne shoot 'em ups go its pretty good. There are plenty of missions to get your teeth into, with many different targets to aim for and there are also a variety of crafts to go for, all authentic from the films of course, including those little blighters with the toe ropes the rebels use to take down AtAts in The Empire Strikes back. The gameplay is quite addictive and the storyline goes along nicely, you can get quite into it and play it for hours on the trot, especially as it is immensley challening even to finish it with a bronze medal.

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