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Star Wars Republic Commando is a significant deviation from the previous Star Wars games I’ve played (Dark Forces/Jedi Knight) and definitely a more modern take on the franchise. If you thought it was weird how storm/clone troopers fought their enemies in battle lines like Civil War era musket infantry, you’ll appreciate the “special forces” feel of Republic Commando.
The game starts near the end of the second Star Wars prequel movie “Attack of the Clones” where the massive clone army is landing on the Separatist planet Geonosis. While the Jedi Knights and Grand Army of the Republic (clone troopers) are fighting on the surface, a four man group of clone commandos is performing covert actions in the underground Geonosian tunnels and even infiltrating the CIS command ships parked on the ground. You play Delta 38, the leader of Delta Squad, a team of “enhanced” clones who take on special assignments. It’s hinted in the opening animation that even though most clones are genetically identical, the commandos have some sort of physical superiority. You definitely have better firepower.
Republic Commando is a first person shooter with heavy squad based gameplay. With a single contextual “use” button, you issue orders to the other three commandos on your team such as door breach, focus target, hack consoles, etc. You can also order team members to use various fighting positions that appear on your hud. This includes sniping positions, grenade positions, and heavy weapon positions. Your computer controlled team has exactly the same weapons that you have, but most of the time they only use the special weapons when assigned to the special positions in the field. There aren’t that many weapons to choose from actually, but there’s plenty of ammo all over the place. This is good because most of the guns can be ineffective depending on who you’re fighting. If everyone has to die right now though, start throwing your grenades.
+A lot of teamwork involved in the single player campaign. In the sections where you’re fighting by yourself you will notice just how much harder the game is without your brothers backing you up. Most importantly, you won’t be revived if you get knocked out, which will happen A LOT.
+The game runs parallel to the movie storylines (though movie characters don’t really show up) so if you’re familiar with the Star Wars prequel movies you’ll have a good idea what’s going on. There are three game campaigns: Geonosis, RAS Prosecutor (a spooky abandoned ship), and Kashyyyk (the Wookie home world). This isn’t Call of Duty where your team is a bunch of people you don’t care about. Your Delta Squad brothers are with you from beginning to end.
+There’s quite a mix up of enemies to fight and usually you have a bunch of different ways to go about clearing a room. The easiest is usually busting out one of your 4 different types of grenades, but the heavy anti-armor gun is always fun too. You don’t get to control any vehicles like in the Battlefront games, but you can man a few different stationary gun turrets (or order your men to do it).
-The difficulty of the game seems to vary wildly, especially when dealing with enemies who use melee weapons. Sometimes they just seem to cut you down in one shot. This isn’t a big deal most of the time because your team members can quickly revive you, but during the second campaign, those scavenger droids are a nightmare. I get the feeling they’re just supposed to be an annoyance, but they can absolutely wreck you.
-I mentioned before that the weapons seem weak, but they might just be more suited for fighting certain types of enemies. Your blaster rifle is decent against the weak droids and Geonosians but seems to be terrible against everything else. There are a few different guns that you can pick up from fallen enemies as well, but with the exception of a couple rare ones, they’re not so hot either. Get used to emptying an entire clip to kill one enemy.
-No co-op multiplayer! A game like this would be amazing if you could go through the game with a team of friends since the computer is already controlling the small team. Unfortunately the multiplayer seems to be restricted to basic PvP.
Overall Republic Commando is probably my favorite Star Wars game (so far). It’s action packed with a strong story and it’s not so old that I’m embarrassed to run it on a modern computer. Definitely give the game a try if you can get your hands on it.