Star Wars The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance First Look

LucasArts unsheathes its DS game inspired by the upcoming movie.

With the Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie hitting screens today, it's to be expected that LucasArts would be prepping a game tie-in. This time out, there are actually two games tied to the upcoming film: a Wii version, which we've already seen twice, and a DS version. The game sports a lengthy name, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance, and features an original story set in the universe during the war. We recently got a first look at the upcoming DS title, which is being developed internally at LucasArts' Singapore studio.

Lightsabers and the DS touch screen--together at last!

The game is set during the same time period of galactic strife as the Clone Wars film but features an original story with some characters from the expanded universe as the big bad. The mysterious Night Sisters are on hand to cause the kind of trouble only Jedi can come fix. The menace is a perfect setup for the core gameplay mechanic in Jedi Alliance, which is using teams of Jedi to make your way through levels. Besides the traditional gameplay, Jedi Alliance features a host of different minigames that come up during gameplay. We checked out a God of War-style minigame during combat for when you lock lightsabers with an enemy or when you're being attacked by certain enemies. In addition, there are proper stand-alone minigames for when you try to hack a door.

The game's control mechanic is almost totally stylus driven, a bit more in the Zelda vein than the Ninja Gaiden. You'll move using the stylus and tap onscreen to collect items. Tapping also comes into play when attacking, as you'll focus on targets and be able to perform different attacks on them. Your Jedi partner helps you use different attacks that are unique to the different pair combinations.

Jedi Alliance's presentation benefits from an ambitious push on the DS hardware that yields detailed graphics and more special effects than you usually see on the platform. The character models and environments are nicely done and complemented by slick lighting and shadow effects. The team has even managed to get real-time lip-synching in. In terms of audio, the game taps the film voice actors to voice the cast of characters in the game and surrounds them with a host of familiar Star Wars sound effects.

Based on what we saw, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance has a lot of potential. In the wake of Zelda and Ninja Gaiden, stylus-controlled titles are making more and more sense. We're eager to see how everything gets fleshed out and actually plays, but there are enough nice gameplay touches and good ideas to promise a cool game.

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37 comments
pelefung
pelefung

its never been about the graphics on the DS i guess. gameplay is the word.

rachkovsky
rachkovsky

You never know what to expect from a game! I know it is hard to believe it's only a beta version of the game so don't think it is the end.

fabz_95
fabz_95

Graphics look ok for the DS but could be a lot better Lets wait for the finished version before we judge it though

darthslim108
darthslim108

Geez people, stop judging the graphics by the one picture posted above. It's way bigger than an actual ds screen so the picture is bad resolution. If you look at the smaller pics in the gallery the graphics actually look pretty decent.

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darthslim108

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C00ki3z
C00ki3z

Wow the graphics.. are just :|

dustrho
dustrho

I don't own a Nintendo DS, and when I first heard this was coming out for the DS I thought maybe I'd buy one to play this game. After looking at the poor graphics of this game, I may just hold off longer in getting a DS and this game.

DavisDUDE333
DavisDUDE333

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DavisDUDE333
DavisDUDE333

look's so so, i'm still not convinced its any good...

y2kv
y2kv

O.O Lightsaber-shaped stylus = Awesomeness!!

eizen368
eizen368

Hopefully it doesn't suck

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

From what I see, it certainly has a lot of potential =D

fighterguard
fighterguard

Let's hope It'll come bundled with a Lightsaber-shaped stylus ^_^

countdouku1
countdouku1

i want this and light saber duels for the wii

atomD21
atomD21

This game looks pretty cool, hopefully it'll stay that way...

drummer131
drummer131

I don't want to get my hopes up, but at the same time, I'd love more SW games in my DS collection.

Iranon
Iranon

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Iranon
Iranon

mankeyador: But this game is being developed exclusively for the DS and WII. And even those version are not entirely similar. You really should check out the DS version. From what I hear it's going to be very impressive graphically.

Amm795
Amm795

Not Bad. Ill wait to see how it turns out

mankeyador
mankeyador

I'd take the psp version over the DS. Just because I prefer the bigger screen and way better graphics.

Flipyap28
Flipyap28

If this works it will be good, suppose i will wait until reviews

Wegank
Wegank

This game looks AWESOME! I've heard that it could be released "fall" and I've also heard holiday. Anyone know which is accurate?

TissueShoe
TissueShoe

Sounds pretty cool, I'll have to keep tabs on this one. The Wii game will be more fun though, no questions asked.

hazabi
hazabi

it think it gonna be good man

jedicw
jedicw

Looks like an awsome game if only it was coming out for every system.

Iranon
Iranon

This is going to be the best SW game ever! The DS really needs quality license games like this one! Viva Eunos Locos!

Sergeant_Soap
Sergeant_Soap

Sounds good. But it would be better if it wasn't on ds

XDarkcrystal
XDarkcrystal

I had enough of Star Wars, if they keep making continuities, they are only going to destroy the whole franchise