I’ve never watched the Cartoon Network show, Star Wars the Clone Wars but after playing the game based on the series, I’m going to check it out. There is no doubt that the show is meant for teenage boys, but that also means it appeals to the 12 year old boy inside us that enjoys watching lightsaber duels and exploding droids. Clone Wars provides all the great fun and battles you enjoy from Star Wars with all the cool characters from the last three movies.
Republic Heroes takes place between season 1 and 2 of the cartoon, and requires nothing more then a passing knowledge of Star Wars to enjoy, but has plenty of back story, cameos and little juicy bits thrown in just for the hardcore fans. You follow the main story of the cartoon by tracking down the dangerous bounty hunter Cad Bane and dealing with the mysterious super villain Kul Teska as you explore worlds, battle waves of enemies and solve puzzles to advance.
Like all the best Star Wars titles, this was designed to be played with a friend. You can play as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu and other Jedi from the cartoon series as you use your lightsabers and force powers to make short work of droids. The co-op game play is easy and casual, meaning you can drop in and out, player deaths don’t halt the game and players often work together to solve puzzles or figure out how to take out bosses. You can even challenge each other inside of the game to collect more points, which you can turn in to buy goodies like cheats, masks and upgrades.
Later on in the game you can also play as the elite clone squad, to blow up and shoot anything in your way, which is a nice break for slashing and using the force. Normally when you can’t play as a Jedi that means it is not as fun, but this time they really nailed it. Fun features like being able to hijack droids and use their powers and Jedi powers automatically assisting you in landing tricky jumps makes this a fun, casual game for all to enjoy. Available now on just about every platform known to man, Star Wars® The Clone Wars™: Republic Heroes™ is a fun action packed co-op platformer worth checking out by any Star Wars fan.
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