Star Wars Episode I: Racer

Published in a system with plenty of solid racing games, Star Wars Episode I: Racer employs clever gameplay mechanics, a unique approach to course design, and the power of a universally beloved franchise to rank as a worthy experience, pleasantly giving players the chance of stepping into one of the only memorable moments of The Phantom Menace. As a result of the need to release it alongside the movie which inspired it, the title comes with a few glaring holes and possible improvements that would perhaps have been taken care of if the schedule of its development had been more flexible. Still, these issues do not send it to the trash can reserved for movie-related games that are nothing but quick cash-ins; Star Wars Episode I: Racer actually stands pretty far from it, and what it offers is quality futuristic high-speed racing.

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Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike

It is impossible to walk away from Rebel Strike without the feeling the game could have been far more than what it actually is. In a fair attempt to expand on what was offered by its astounding predecessor, it ends up stumbling in its clumsy inclusion of on-foot segments that not only fail to satisfy but that also move the focus away from the area in which the game fires on all cylinders: its aerial battles. While inside a spaceship, it is by all means as good as Rogue Leader; when it descends to the ground, it is terribly lackluster. Therefore, if one is able to ignore the issues of its land segments, which are sadly frequent, the overall experience will certainly be positive, especially because – in total, and thanks to an impressive multiplayer mode – it carries far more content than Rogue Leader did. Nonetheless, the fact remains that had all resources that went into producing the juggernaut that is Rebel Strike been used to fuel its flying prowesses, the result would have been truly stunning.

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Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader

Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader is, consequently, not just an exquisite technical translation of Star Wars’ most heart-pumping action segments; it is also a strong package that entertains, challenges, and thrills. Surely, the technological advances that have taken place since its release have allowed for more visually faithful recreations of the Star Wars universe in recent years, but not only does the game extract every bit of power out of the GameCube’s hardware to produce the very best graphics the system could muster during its lifetime and sounds that are worthy of John Williams’ classical score and the saga’s mind-blowing achievements in sound design, but its gameplay is also impressive enough to stand the test of time and still hold up as one of Star Wars’ best videogame representations. Due to that, Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader is a must to those who love the franchise or to anyone that feels like taking part in the galaxy’s most dramatic an breathtaking dogfights.

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Written In The Stars

It is emotionally poignant, both in terms of joy and sadness; expertly filmed, as many scenes are bound to go down in history as unforgettable pieces of movie-making; finely written, with strong dialogues and interactions popping up all through its running time; accurately acted, given the whole cast is working at the peak of their big capabilities; and relentlessly thrilling, with non-stop action and developments. It is a science-fiction flick as powerful and engaging as it can be. It introduces us to a cast of amazing characters that are bound to work as the central items in a fantastic trilogy that will only add to the franchise’s legacy, and maybe even surpass what was built by the three originals. With stumbles along the way, The Force Awakens sets the table and arranges the pieces to what will likely shape up to be an incredible series of movies.

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