Conveniently tying in with the release of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, Jedi Starfighter will give Xbox gamers the chance to experience the exhilaration of piloting the Starfighter from the film.
In possession of advanced weapons and defence capabilities that no craft has had before, such as Force Lightning, Force Shield, Force Reflex and Force Shockwave, the Republic’s new prototype Starfighter is at the players’ disposal in over 20 one and two-player co-operative story-based missions.
Set amidst a variety of new worlds and environments from Attack of the Clones, the missions take place over land and in space with players battling with more than 40 starships and vessels, some noticeable from the film. It’s also possible to take control of other famous Star Wars craft, including Havoc, Zoomer and Freefall.
Intersecting with plot elements from Episode II, the narrative in Jedi Starfighter is original. It follows the exploits of Jedi Master Gallia and alien pirate Nym, who forge an alliance against the evil Captain Cavik Toth and the Trade Federation. The aim of the game is to foil a plot that could spell doom for the Jedi and also to reclaim Nym’s home planet from the Trade Federation. This allows for the two-player, co-operative mode, which, in turn, introduces other supporting characters to the proceedings, such as Reti - a Toydarian, and Jinkins - Nym’s right-hand man.
At the centre of things is a considerably powerful 3D engine, which allows the rendering of expansive landscapes and extremely detailed craft. There are also some nice ballistic and lighting effects thrown in which certainly add towards the faithfully recreated Star Wars environment.
There have been some truly bad Star Wars games licenses over the years. If this game is any marker, things are definitely looking up.