Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
Every so often, a title is released, and gives you exactly what you
expected. No more, no less. This is just what I got from renting The Clone
Wars: Republic Heroes. Much like the animated series it's based on, I
wasn't expecting much more than the barest effort to get kids to fork over
their parents' cash for yet another tie-in. I don't usually have a problem
with merchandising folk trying to make a quick buck, but they should at
least produce something worth parting our hard-earned moneys, and this
simply ain't it. Not by a long shot.
Taking on the mantel of various characters from its namesake show, you
run a gauntlet of extremely linear levels as you work your way through the
Droid Army ranks to capture an elusive techno terrorist. Each section has
you commandeer either a Jedi or have your poorly animated enemies
begging for mercy at the hands of a little piece of Boba Fett, as one of his
cloned troopers, Commander Rex.
Each plays out differently, with the trooper sections as simple run and gun
scenarios using the Wiimote to point, aim and shoot ad nauseam. You can
pop into cover, or vault over small ledges, and even melee up close, but it
all feels disjointed and random, and is not helped by the awkwardly fixed
camera that loses the action frequently.
Jedis fare no better. These degenerate into hack/slash fests with
rediculous platforming, due to again, the crazy camera issues. Since you
just respawn at the last checkpoint, regardless of how often you cark it,
there's no feeling of risk/reward to complete it. Certain parts involve you
double-jumping on top of a specific droid (no easy task, thanks again to
the camera), then slicing downwards to take control, and then mincing
about making it fire on its brethren or at some obstacle in the way. Why
do we need to bother with this when we're meant to be a kick-ass Jedi? It
makes no sense.
They're called 'walkers'. Guess what they do.
Pros and cons:
+ Maintains the series' tone
- Horrible control setup
- Even worse camera
- Horrible attempt at platforming
+ Not bad graphics, really