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Bounty hunter is a 3rd person shooter game with a slight difference. Instead of always playing as the good guys, the jedi and the force etc, in this game you get to be "bad to the bone", and play as Jango Fett, no-nonsense bounty hunter. This game has a very "selfish" view, like a bounty hunter would (something that I liked). This game is all about earning credits by assassinating people, doesn't matter who they are or what they did, and your only alliance is to the highest bidder.
In this game, you have to undergo missions, which generally involve either capturing people, or killing them, bagging the body, and getting out of there. To help you do this, you have an arsenal of weapons and gadgets, from the zip wire shooter thing (for swinging or tying up captors), dual blaster pistols, the infamous jet-pack, the jet-pack missile launcher thing.
I can't tell you how much fun it is in this game to fly through the air on the boosters whilsts unleashing a barrage of lasers, missiles and all your other weapons on the poor guards below, whilst tracking your target who is making a get away, zooming in and grabbing him. ITS A LOT OF FUN.
The negatives? Well all the missions are linear... I really like missions that are not so linear (see metal gear solid, GTA, assassins creed etc for more details). Also there was a bit where I kinda gave up on the game after I kept dying at the same point on a certain level (kepts crashing in the sewers). Also the aiming and seeing where you are going whilst flying isn't always the easiest, but in some ways its adds something to the game as I doubt in real life its easy to operate a jet pack whilst shooting two guns.
It would have also been nice if there were a few missions where you got to fly the slave 1 ship... maybe there is and I just didn't get that far to find out, but I doubt it. Also with a lack of a multiplayer, it is a bit annoying when you want a friend to experience the game as well.
Overall then I give this game 3.5/5. Its a nice game, nice gameplay, decent graphics considering its operating system, and lots of fun, but the lack of the multiplayer and the linear mission set up stop this from being a great game (4 or 5), but this is still a pretty cool game that I highly recommend.
I remember pre-ordering this game from GAME back in 2003 and eagerly arriving home after school to play it. Playing as infamous bounty hunter Jango Fett, you are charged with chasing down a renegade Sith Apprentice while having to fend of multiple foes who seem determined to have you killed. Considering there was no proper tie-in game for Episode II, I thought this would be the next best thing.
The graphics are reasonable although do lack any sort of dynamic feel or plate to them. A lot of the locations just seem to be based off one colour and slight variations of it. The levels are well design for the most part, although the level on Tattooine is just plain annoying. There are six planets you get to visit as you hunt down the Sith Appentice for Count Dooku. Each has a distinct look, although none of them are particularly beautiful to look at.
There are no disappointments in the voice cast however. Jango is voiced by the same actor as in the movie which is a great starting point. You couldn't make this game without him for goodness sake! The other voices suit their roles well, especially in the case of Jango's nemesis Montross.
The gameplay is alright although very clunky in places. The ability to use Fett's jetpack is a big plus, with all the added benefits it brings. There's an effective lock-on system that makes it nice and simple to kill those pesky enemies. However on the downside, the game is pathetically easy so don't be surprised if you end up completing it in a day. It is perfectly possible on the first go if you get to grips early enough with the controls.
There are some nice extras hidden away including concept art and some brilliant bloopers created purely for the game. These are perhaps the funniest thing the game offers, similar in vein to those offered in Jedi Starfighter.
At the end of the day, this game is pretty average to the core. It's got its merits but lacks in the graphics department badly. The PS2 could do a lot better than this so there is no excuse. Considering how cheaply you can get it these days, if you're a Star Wars fan you might want a look in. Otherwise I suggest that you look elsewhere as this game is not exactly a joy to play.
Ok I can admit it - I am a star wars geek. Maybe not to the extreme of attending the bi-monthly-science-fiction-convention (BI-MON-SCI-FI-CON) , but a middle of the road 'I went to Leicester square to see them when they were released' (note NOT in fancy dress) fan. I loved the original trilogy and will even say on public record that yes I even liked the new trilogy (jar Jar excluded. but then no-one really liked him. really).
So gaming titles from the star wars range, expanding that ever-expanding universe from far far away greatly appeal. Playing characters as cool as Jango Fett, Well I can think of few other Star Wars characters i would like to play. Maybe Darth Maul. Or Han Solo. Or Mace Windu. Actually Boba Fett would be quite cool aswell. [note to self: I must get Star Wars Battlefront 2 out from the back of the cupboard soon]
On to the game in question. I am not sure how far my rose tinted star wars spectacles can disguise a game. If one were to take out any star wars references from the game, and swap Jango Fett for 'James Fitt', I believe the result would be a game that is be only mediocre at the best. So can star wars make a good game? in this case I believe it does. There are so many Star Wars games out there which range from poor to average - this is a refeshing exception to give credability to the gaming section of that galaxy far, far away.
In its bare elements we have a platform game with the underlying goal of getting from start of level to the end with the typical components within:
~ a few pick ups - mainly alternate ammo.
~ Henchman; variety of weaponry, pattern movements, low AI.
~ Multiple heights / methods of movement; Ladders/lifts up/down, cutting through grates, ducking under, climbing over, long, jet propelled jumps, ravines etc.
~ Where would we be on a platform game if we didn't have an end of level boss? Strategic, heavy armoured, heavy gunned foes, yet perseverance will succeed.
~ Non interact-able environment; bar the odd door/ control panel.
Reading that list, which is 100% accurate, and I'll be honest there isn't a lot more, the game sounds a bit pants. But somehow it isn't. Somehow it is more than just an A-B game. Somehow - and I am not sure how- you do get an amazing sense of depth, achievement and eagerness to complete.
Like i mentioned in my Unchartered: Drakes Fortune review for PS3; this is one of the few examples of a platform game that feels like i am controlling my destiny; finding my own way to the end of level. It never felt linear or preset. Of course i realise that the game is not that advanced, and in terms of actual freedom there is none. - there is a limited environment. 1 path to the end. I don't know why it thus felt so 'free'. puzzling.
Jango's arsenal is impressive, relevant to story line and realistically limited. Only your dual wielded blasters are infinite ammo. Aside of weapons, there is also a nifty addition to a plain old shoot-em-up. Throughout all levels, there are various bounties on henchmen or indeed members of public. One can detect/mark bounties (dead or alive) through a special data viewer. Although a natty addition, (despite being slightly frustrating to have to scan a room full of shooting baddies prior to smoking them all) your reward tallied up doesn't count towards anything but a high score. It would have been a nice yet easy touch to perhaps be able to buy upgrades/ weaponry from the bounties you collected. otherwise aside of a small statistic - what's the point of being the title's career? Jango's Jet pack is undeniably cool. But apart from that there is no vehicle interaction in the game - again it would have been a nice touch, not requiring huge additonal programming or expense to add another dimension to the game.
Overall it's a great game. It's not overly thought provoking or deep, but it has good game play; even mindless, zero strategy pounding of your blaster button in order to clear the room is fun and never feels tiresome. It has a great story line, and this is particularly clever and typical of George Lucas' multi media way of storytelling. This game actually provides background to Attack of the Clones, together with the history and story of one of Star Wars' coolest characters. There is also some great set pieces, not only in typical planetary individual-ness but for instance making your way up a huge skyscraper or between 2 skyscrapers (250-something floors high) is utterly compelling, almost vertigo inducing! Skipping rides on shuttles above a mile high ravine between warehouses is exhilarating and nerve racking.
It's a great third person shooter. It is a brilliant star wars game. It's an exceptional platform game. The lack of its 5th star is perhaps due to the fact it isn't more than those 3 points when it feels like it could and should be.
Note: originally written for Amazon.co.uk by myself. reworked & reworded for use here
Star Wars Bounty Hunter is an action game for the Sony Playstation 2 developed by Lucasarts.
Star Wars Bounty Hunter provides you with a more indepth look at Jango Fett the bounty hunter who appeared in Episode 2 Attack of the Clones though this story takes place between episodes 1 and 2. You basically fly around the galaxy collecting bounties on anyone as long as you get paid. In this game Jango goes on a mission for Darth Tyrannus (Count Dooku) to capture Bando Gora a rogue dark jedi. If you are a Star Wars fan you will be really pleased to learn how the clone army was created in Jangos likeness and why.
The gameplay takes place in the third person and you have the full arsenal of a bounty hunter to use, you can use either your trademark dual blaster pistols which fire as fast as you can mash the button, your very cool flamethrower and rockets, blaster rifles which all perform indentically to their movie counterparts. Many of the games missions will have you gunning down a large number of foes and the action is fast paced and easy to do thanks to a lock on targeting system.
Jango is also equipped with a jetpack but you can't use it continuously it only works for a few seconds, disappointing really but it does allow for some interesting platforming puzzles in the game. As you are a bounty hunter as you go around the levels you can switch to bounty hunter view which will identify targets around you can mark the ones that have bounties on their heads and take them out to earn a nice sum of credits and some unlockable extras.
Graphics are actually quite smooth for an earlier Playstation 2 title though the game does stutter in the larger environments when a lot of action is going on, the original voice actor for Jango does return to record the games speech and the sound effects are ripped straight from the films.
This is actually a really good Star Wars game giving you insight to the character of Jango Fett and providing lots of bounty hunting fun.