Star Wars : Shadows of the Empire Review 2

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SOUND :

In just about every game there’s one section that people seem to know about already before reading a review. In Mario 64 it was the graphics, in Wave race 64 it was the 3D generated waves and real physics, and in SOTE it’s the sound. 

Somehow Lucasarts has managed to cram MOVIE STYLE SOUND onto a cart. Don’t ask me how they did it, but they did……and man does it sound good. I swear to you that a few times when I was playing the game, I seriously thought I was listening to a Star Wars movie. It’s that good. No wait….it’s not good…..it’s INCREDIBLE.

The Sound effects are good too. There’s not much to be said about the typical blaster sounds, but if you listen closely enough you can hear the Storm Troopers shout, ambient sound effects (such as water gurgling), and the wizz of Tie Fighters as they fly by your ship with a roaring sound.

Great stuff, I couldn’t ask for anything more. 

GAMEPLAY :

For the most part, the flying levels in this game have GREAT control and GREAT gameplay. They make it a pleasure to fire the game up, grab your controller, and blast away. The 3D Doom style parts are another matter however. The autoaim feature should have been seriously improved my Lucasarts before this game was released. Sometimes you can see the enemies in the distance but when you fire at them, the autoaim ignores you and goes to get itself a beer. You are stuck trying to manually press the Z button and aim while firing, something that is not easy nor fun may I tell you. 

Some people knock the control of Dash because he can’t turn in mid-air. Well that’s called realism people. Why don’t we all try leaping off the top of our houses and see if we can turn and fall in the window before splattering onto the ground. Can it be done?!? Of course not. I agree that it would have been nice to throw the realism factor out the window for this game (I mean how real is fighting TIE FIGHTERS in a spaceship?) but Lucasarts didn’t it, so….we have to live with it. Dash moves like a human, he doesn’t stop dead when you let go of the control stick, and he doesn’t change direction in mid-air. Enough said.

 OVERALL :

Well, we have a game that is great….but it isn’t incredible. Maybe if it had been released before the likes of Mario 64 and Wave race 64, we could all give it a perfect score, but it wasn’t……so I guess that’s life. For the most part, the challenge points to collect for secret prizes, the extending storyline over the different difficulty levels, and the overall fun factor of the game will keep you coming back for more. The flying/shooting levels are great fun, while the Doom style levels are long and intricate but on a few occasions…..drag.

Perhaps my favorite level is the Imperial Sewers, with the great ambient sound effects, the incredible underwater graphics, and the level design all combine to make a the atmosphere of that particular level very realistic.

So let’s give a rundown of each category and then an overall score.

GRAPHICS – 8.5/10

SOUND – 10/10

GAMEPLAY – 9/10

OVERALL – 9/10

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