Developer(s): Krome Studios
Release date: 11/11/08
This time around I will be reviewing Lucasart’s newest game, Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels for the Nintendo Wii. Based off the hit movie and TV show, the game is a fighter that allows you, for one of the first times, to wield a light saber using the Wii mote. You control a host of characters including Obi-Wan, Anakin, Ahsoka Tano, Mace Windu, and more.
The story of Lightsaber Duels is pretty simple, as in most fighting games. You follow the major battles seen in the CW movies and first season of TCW. The particular episodes Duel of the Droids, Cloak of Darkness, Shadow of Malevolence, and Destroy Malevolence. You play as the Jedi in the duel, be it Obi-Wan, Anakin, or Ahsoka. New lines introduce an actual new dimension to the duel, actually making sense and timed well, but that’s about it. It’s basically the story of those episodes during the major duels.
The gameplay in this game is what had most people anxious– would it be the lightsaber game SW fans had waited for since the announcement of the Wii? Well, it wasn’t exactly it, but Krome Studios did a great job for their second attempt at it. The controls are pretty predictable– you use your Wii-mote and nun-chuck to swing the saber and control your limited, and I mean limited, Force powers. At first it’s fun, but it gets very tiring after the first few battles, which are segmented in three parts. It’s a little repetitive, but if you have friends over you will have a blast for awhile anyway.
The level design for Duels was very linear. It basically used three parts of the environment set up by the duel in the movie/show. You can move a bit, but not much. That’s not to say it’s not pretty– for a Wii game, it’s quite nice. Many of the crates and other parts of the environment were destroyable, but it wasn’t near the scale of, say, TFU.
On that note, the graphics aren’t the best of the best, but they are good enough for a Wii game. I actually didn’t notice them being bad so I guess they are good enough– I also didn’t notice any silly glitches so that was nice.
Multiplayer is where there game shines. Called Battle Mode, you can choose two characters to vs. each other, including the same people. Not only is it fun to do with friends, if you both choose Obi-Wan he will say witty lines such as, “Well, I do hope I can show myself a thing or two.”
In conclusion, while this game is focused more on children– the hardest difficulty level was beaten in about 5 hours by me– I did enjoy Lightsaber Duels for what it was. The good being the controls, the bad being camera angles sometimes, and the ugly being the receptiveness.
4.0/5.0 Kath Hounds
By Andrew L.
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