Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes Impressions - Jedi, Clones, and Canonical Cartoon Stories

We take an up-close look at this family-friendly action game based on the Star Wars TV cartoon series.

Who's Making This Game: LucasArts, the developer/publisher that makes official video game adaptations for all of filmmaker George Lucas' Star Wars franchises, including the Star Wars The Clone Wars animated series, on which this game is based.

What the Game Looks Like: Republic Heroes looks like a colorful and cartoonlike game that very closely resembles the TV cartoon. This is probably because the game developers at LucasArts have full access to all the art assets from the cartoon show. In fact, the story is being written by the writers of the actual TV series and bridges the gap between seasons one and two of the show.

What There Is to Do: In Republic Heroes, you can play as one of two character types: Jedi or Clones. The game will have eight playable Jedi characters, including Anakin and Obi-Wan. It will also have new characters, such as Mace Windu. It'll have 10 playable Clone characters, six of which are characters from the TV show; four of which are original characters being created specifically for this game. As a Jedi, you will fight melee battles with your lightsaber and use your force powers to fight battles, navigate the world, and solve puzzles. Your catlike Jedi agility will also let you do some "droidjacking." This means you hop on top of any droid in the game and take control of it while riding on top of it; you can use its weapon systems to fire on enemies and any other abilities that droid has for your benefit. You can also do this to any droid in the game. As a Clone, you are a "grunt" soldier of the Republic who's generally sent in to sweep warzones clean for Jedi to come in and do their thing. Clones will have a variety of blaster weapons and can get new ones as pick-up items that drop from fallen enemies. They can also throw grenadelike thermal detonators.

How the Game Is Played: The game seems to be played like any third-person shooter but is intended to be accessible to players of all ages and skill levels. Jedi characters fight with their lightsabers and can perform dazzling lunges and combination swings, though there is only one attack button for Jedi characters, which should make things easy enough to pick up. Clones fire their blaster weapons with a clearly defined transparent firing arc superimposed onscreen to help guide your aim, and you can pick up heavier weapons, such as miniguns and rocket launchers, to blast enemy droids to bits. However, you fire simply nudging your right analog stick, and by pressing and holding it in circles, you can rotate your character 360 degrees while firing continuously, which is similar to such classic arcade games as Smash TV. You can also toss thermal detonators, which have a handy transparent arc that shows where your projectile will land. As in other third-person action games, you'll fight your way through enemies, explore new areas, solve puzzles, and collect "force orbs," which can unlock character hats and masks, as well as other hidden items.

What They Say: QA lead Troy Sims described Republic Heroes as being a game with lots of fun action, but one that's also going to be very accessible to players of all ages.

What We Say: It does look like Republic Heroes should be easy enough to play, and assuming the gameplay holds up, the simplified combat, item collection, and puzzle solving should be a very effective way to burn through a couple of afternoons for the young (or the young at heart). Republic Heroes is being released on September 8, 2009, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, PSP, PC, and in North America only, the PlayStation 2.

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45 comments
jpryan8
jpryan8

YO COOLBOY3001 ITS ALSO ON NINTINDO DS!

jpryan8
jpryan8

REALLY WANT THIS GAME! LOL its like $30.00!

Mokintash
Mokintash

Oh yea and btw the sales are probably not going to be very good for this because everyones wanting Swbf3 rather tha this.

Mokintash
Mokintash

Hmmm im might get it for the PS2 but am saving for swbf3.

nockdownshooter
nockdownshooter

this is game is crap played the xbox360 demo really made me hate star wars. Battle Front 3 please but can u please give it a good story

TLM16
TLM16

The cartoons were criminal. In fact the new trilogy was as well. Why am I even reading this article? Sorry, bye.

therealdolemike
therealdolemike

battlefront is the best selling star wars game of all time. where is the 3rd one. this is just mad

Revanges
Revanges

This game looks good,but i hope we can go online with it,it will be fun,and some free roam and side missions,Thanks Lucas Arts =P

tz99
tz99

looks gd but why dont u just make battlefront 3

jef0022
jef0022

why are they putting there time in a new game just make battlefront 3 !!!

kyram_3
kyram_3

look at my profile page about bf3 or go to www.swbf3.com for info on the game

kyram_3
kyram_3

bf3 is comeing out rumored it to be released in november but look at my profile blog about it

coolboy3001
coolboy3001

there is a battlefront 3 it is only for psp

Stormuser
Stormuser

Interesting, But I hope there will be Battlefront 3...

Deity_Dude
Deity_Dude

Forget this junk. Make a Battlefront 3!

IIHvnsFallnII
IIHvnsFallnII

Looks oversimplified. Not to mention the fact that last time somebody tried to "bridge the gap" they epic failed. I.E. The Force Unleashed.

norm3d3d
norm3d3d

i go with xeroker85 because its a super baaaad game for the ds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xeroker85
xeroker85

looks good, keeping an eye on it, please be better than force unleashed

Hobbitslayer18
Hobbitslayer18

I would rather see the new star wars battlefront 3 coming out, but this game looks alright.

Bloom_Charmixbg
Bloom_Charmixbg

I can't wait for this game!!!!!!! One of the best star wars games EVA!!!!!

Sablicious
Sablicious

More kiddy fiddling and button mashing. *yawns* -_- When are these Lucas Arts schleps gonna make a decent SW fighting/dueling game a la Soul Calibur?? Moronism FTF. -_-

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

Why can't Lucasarts make more games based off the old trilogy? Granted, I'll probably buy it cause I really like the series, but come on, who doesn't want to see another Rouge Squadron. And if you're going to make a game set in the prequel era, make it Republic Commando 2. Make these George, make 'em.

maguilon
maguilon

Rogue Leader was also an excellent game, I would definitely recommend it. As far as Jedi Starfighter, I'll probably try it too.

mental_case_5
mental_case_5

This game looks abit simple. I'm a fan of star wars but I might get this 40% I will.

NightRaVeN75
NightRaVeN75

I remember playing Rogue Squadron, its was a great star wars fighter ship game, they made a sequel for it on gamecube, Rogue Leader, I heard. I might get that for my gamecube. Theres also Star Wars Jedi Starfighter, if I can get that, Im probably going to get it for xbox its compatible on 360.

maguilon
maguilon

anyone who's finished the Rogue Squadron games knows what a real challenge it was...

maguilon
maguilon

are they ever going to make another Rogue Squadron, beats any light saber game..., maybe a combo of some sort???

Blood_Reino
Blood_Reino

This looks fun. The graphics look just like the TV show which I keep forgetting to watch on saturdays 12;00 on Ten (tomorrow). So anyway it says Pick up weapons" i think that makes the game sound a bit like the jedi knight series which i thought is the best star wars game ever made.

AdaShofLiMe
AdaShofLiMe

I agree with moose and famguy, I mean us consolers have TFU to show for our next gen star wars games. While KOTOR 3, RC2 and various other awesome star wars games of last gen are taking a backseat almost to TOR and to this game. Don't get me wrong, I think the game will be fun but I'd pick up any of the above titles I mentioned years before I'd even consider this game. I guess developers don't listen to their audience or we'd have KOTOR2, RC2 by now. Come on developers, its been nearly 5 years since all of the next gen consoles have been released, where the f++k are all the quality star wars games?

AdaShofLiMe
AdaShofLiMe

This definitely looks like a good game, but what I don't understand is why people just can't make more DLC for the games that are out? Like I would have loved to have played under some of the other characters in TFU, like Kota and Brood and Shaak Ti and various other people. Play as them and see what brought them up to that point in time when you face the "assassin". But oh well, I guess this is why I'm a consumer and not a producer.

isephiroth47
isephiroth47

Well, Force Unleashed was one of the best games I saw on the PSP (It just seems quite rubbish when you compare it to the PS3 version, but the PS3 version had no Jedi Temple or Force Duels like the PSP had.) So I expect some good stuff from this game.

Bjarki97
Bjarki97

this game must be like battlefront -and the heros cant be like battlefront

Imakuleus
Imakuleus

I am so with you Major Brian.

pakhair
pakhair

Looks Cool...........

MajorBrian
MajorBrian

Battlefront 3? KOTOR 3? COME ON!!!! PLZ!!!!

moose_knuckler
moose_knuckler

I'm not sure this is the right route to go either for consoles when chances of sequels (KOTOR 3, BattleFront 3, Jedi Knight sequel, Republic Commando 2, etc.) with so many fans of that series are asking for those and they get a tie-in between the cartoon series, makes me wonder what's wrong with the admin at Lucasarts. While The Old Republic looks promising, it seems that console gamers have hardly anything to show for Star Wars games this gen (TFU is a solid game but not as great as hyped) and it's even worth a laugh compared to the great variety of SW games showed last-gen.

RDrayMan101
RDrayMan101

following up on the force unleashed with ANYTHING is good, the game wasn't that great. the story was very good, but gameplay didn't live up to the hype. personally, i'm still hoping for the Jedi Knight series to make a come back...

famguyfan2685
famguyfan2685

I dunno about this one. Following up The Force Unleashed with a game like this just seems like a bad idea. I wish they would make a grittier and more raw Star Wars game. But it doesn't seem like that will ever actually happen.

RimeSoldier
RimeSoldier

omg if this is presented at comiccon instead of battlefront 3 ill shoot someone