Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Xbox

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Xbox)
Also for: PS2, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Combat Game: Space
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Pandemic Soft. Co.: LucasArts
Publishers: Activision (GB)
Released: 9 May 2003 (GB)
Ratings: 11+
Connectivity: Xbox Live
Accessories: Xbox Memory Unit


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The last of the three versions to emerge from Pandemic Studios, Activision and LucasArts' Clone Wars for Xbox perhaps remains the most hotly anticipated due to its much-vaunted online capabilities. Regardless, it's sure to be another popular Star Wars game and rightly so.

Clone Wars sees players lead a clone army from the Republic against the rather sinister Confederacy of Independent System and their equally sinister leader Count Dooku. Beginning with the decision to select between the roles of Anakin, Obi-Wan or Mace Windu, players subsequently take their forces through 16 campaigns, spanning six expansive Star Wars worlds. From the desolate ruins of Rhen Var to the treetop cities of Kashyyyk, immense battles must be fought in order to prevent the Confederacy from reassembling an ancient Sith weapon of mass destruction.

As all you Star Wars fanatics will be hoping, Clone Wars contains a mass of popular locations, vehicles and characters from the drawing boards of the Episode II production team. Certain objectives throughout the game allow the player to change vehicles during battle and pilot an array of units from the Republic's arsenal, including a speeder bike, AT-SX assault walker, fighter tank, and a Republic gunship. A total of 30 unique combat units are available.

Introducing a sociable element to the proceedings, there are also a few unique multi-player games to be found, including the likes of Duel and King of the Hill. But more importantly, and exclusive to Xbox, the game is fully playable online and can host up to eight players simultaneously. You'll be able to communicate with other players through voice chat and there are exclusive weapons. Duel presents a standard deathmatch scenario with various units from the game. King of the Hill allows players to attempt to earn points by staying in the 'control zone' for as long as possible.

Clone Wars for Xbox, whilst not graphically a cut above the rest in terms of visuals, is the best of the available versions thanks to its online capabilities.