Despite being a fan of the Star Wars franchise, I never got around to watching The Clone Wars
. I certainly appreciate its art style, though, and this game is faithful to it. That's the only
good thing about the game, and even then it's rather subjective – some people might not enjoy its looks.
The story is the same for every piece of Star Wars material, which is to say, disposable at best.
As for characters... Anakin Skywalker's annoying padawan calling him "Skyguy" every five minutes during the dreadful cutscenes would be enough to put me off. But I persevered, as part of my quest to beat all of my Games For Windows Live titles before that system is shut down (possibly rendering them unplayable forever).
Speaking of cutscenes, they are often glitched and abruptly interrupted for no reason.
The gameplay is very, very dull. The combat is boring, especially when you're playing the role of Republic soldiers (in other words, the shooting sections). And even in the hardest difficulty setting, if you "die", you'll just respawn in the same area, without any limits. Perhaps most baffling, though, is the fact that you will face the same boss THREE times. He always uses the same attacks, and you'll always use the same method to beat him.
There are occasional "puzzles" that were clearly designed with four-year old children in mind. On top of that, Master Yoda will always show up to tell you what to do next or how to play. Like a constant tutorial throughout the game.
It also has some of the worst platforming sections I have ever gone through... and it has a lot
of them. The controls are very imprecise, even when playing with a gamepad. Levels are poorly designed, and the fixed camera angles only makes matters worse. This means you'll be falling to your "death" more often than not when jumping around... but hey, at least there's that immediate respawn, right?
Posted: February 5th, 2014