‘Revenge Of The Sith’ On DS Is Nonetheless Prime-Tier Star Wars Gaming

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Picture: Jim Norman / Nintendo Life

Soapbox options allow our particular person writers and contributors to voice their opinions on sizzling matters and random stuff they have been chewing over. Right now, Jim celebrates Revenge of the Fifth with a DS throwback…

You felt it, did not you? A disturbance within the Drive. Over on Coruscant, Darth Sidious has known as for the execution of Order 66, however maybe extra pressingly, I’ve lastly discovered the chance to wax lyrical in regards to the Star Wars prequels. It is occurring, of us. Strap in.

If yesterday (Might 4th) was Star Wars Day, then that makes as we speak (Revenge of the Fifth) the proper — and, let’s admit it, solely — alternative to speak about Episode III, the finest Star Wars film. Sure, I stated it.

Now, I am all for standing for the Republic, for democracy, so I will not maintain it towards you if you happen to do not feel the identical manner (heck, you would not be alone), however the place I need to maintain the excessive floor is on all issues regarding the Revenge of the Sith DS sport, a tie-in so candy that just about 20 years on, I’m nonetheless of the completely unbiased opinion that it’d simply be the height of all Star Wars gaming.

A very long time in the past in a galaxy far, far-off, film tie-in video games have been as quite a few as Anakin’s midi-chlorian rely. It appeared that again within the age of the GBA and DS, no massive movie may hit cinemas with out being accompanied by a rushed 2D platformer. They have been a dime a dozen and have lengthy been misplaced to the sands (coarse and tough and aggravating) of time. However not Revenge of the Sith. Now right here is an instance of a tie-in performed proper.

Launched on each Recreation Boy Advance and DS, this Ubisoft Montpellier-led venture is a 2D belt-scroller that typically follows the identical narrative threads because the 2005 film. There was additionally a 3D motion model launched elsewhere, however these aren’t the consoles you are searching for. For the programs related to us at Nintendo Life, you select to play as both Obi-Wan or Anakin and make your manner by 13 ranges of lightsaber-swinging, beat-’em-up motion. There’s a handful of minibosses sprinkled in there and the dual-screen model even comes with some 3D area battle sequences.

Enthusiastic about it within the run-up to this Star Wars weekend, I had begun to fret that maybe this was simply as commonplace as all the different tie-ins of the time. Is it attainable that my rose-tinted nostalgia for the sport was born out of my unabashed love for the movie? It was a really actual chance and one that would solely be put to the check by a interval of intense scientific analysis (shopping for a duplicate on-line and staying up all night time enjoying it to the top).

The outcomes are in and this Padawan was proper on the cash. The sport nonetheless slaps.

This may look from the skin like your commonplace Poodoo affair, however there’s a stunning quantity of depth underneath the hood. The controls are clear and responsive, the fight is surprisingly deep with quite a few particular assaults realized alongside the way in which, and there’s a neat ability-upgrade menu on the finish of every degree — one that may inevitably encourage a ‘However is it an RPG?’-induced headache if it have been launched as we speak.

My shock at how the sport performs was one factor, however the way it appears introduced me much more pleasure. By Qui-Gon’s beard, I hadn’t anticipated simply how properly the cartoon aesthetic would maintain up! The sprites look gorgeous — one thing that can not be stated for the sport’s 3D PS2/Xbox 360 counterpart — and every lightsaber swing is filled with such persona that it places some fashionable animations to disgrace. For actual, when can I play this on my OLED?

As I sped by the Anakin storyline, recollections of my first playthrough got here flooding again. The tank that may solely be defeated by deflecting Troopers’ blasters at it, the bonus goodies hidden in destructible components of the stage, my lack of ability to fly any ship with the Y-axis controls inverted (yep, I undoubtedly did not nonetheless wrestle with that one…).

The one factor lacking was the absence of the sport’s good multiplayer — a pure product of enjoying a 20-year-old DS sport in a night as an grownup, I suppose. It ought to come as no shock that I lapped up this re-playthrough as if I have been a Youngling another time, nevertheless it has left me thirsty for 3D dogfight sequences with my friends. The one-player flights are nonetheless filled with peril, however nothing fairly as palm-sweaty as the specter of passing your DS over to another person if you happen to die, to adjust to the principles of a home made winner-stays-on match. Wow, I used to place actual planning into my sport nights.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Picture: Jim Norman / Nintendo Life

The Obi-Wan aspect of issues is… properly, a lot the identical, with some apparent story tweaks to suit with the plot of the movie. However that is nonetheless two tales! The modifications may solely quantity to, ‘Do I struggle Normal Grevious or Mace Windu?’ however that is okay. It is extra Star Wars. And good Star Wars at that!

Look, the prequels have their issues, even I can settle for that, however this tie-in is just not one in every of them. In case you are a fan of their character arcs and top-notch lightsaber fights, then a DS throwback like it will welcome you with open arms. If, alternatively, the tacky dialogue and picket performing left you eager for a Jar-Jar-free world, then a well-made retelling like this may simply be sufficient to make you see the movie’s deserves.

I am not saying that blockbuster tie-ins ought to make a comeback (although I would purchase a Dune: Half Two beat ’em up in a heartbeat), however in case you are solely ever going to play one, it ought to be this. To at the present time, Revenge of the Sith on DS is a Should(afar)-play.

Did you ever play this one? May you attempt choosing it up now? Tell us within the feedback.

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