Star Wars: Republic Commando

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced, squad-based Star Wars combat.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 36 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Teamwork is encouraged.

Violence

Plenty. Frenetic battles and splattering blood, plus you can kick corpses.

Sex
Language

A very rare "damn"

Consumerism

This is part of the popular Star Wars franchise, and elements of the plot could be considered a subtle tie-in to the upcoming Star Wars movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are few language concerns or sexual references. Also the game encourages teamwork and some creative thinking. However, there is significant violence, some of it graphic and gory.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygamenerd323 October 21, 2009

Great for teens

Games great, it's gory for star wars. In fact the game is very violent with grizzly details including screams of pain and fright, crackleing bones, blood s... Continue reading
Adult Written byOmfgigorawr June 6, 2010

Republic commando is a great game but short.

Republic commando takes yet another interesting turn on the star wars universe. No jedi sadly. But you play as a clone commander, a elite among the basic troops... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 6, 2011

My review

i play the game not so often but i do not think that the blood is bad because its just green and yellow goo. But i could imagine that for kids under 9 could get... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byflare77 April 9, 2009

What's it about?

In STAR WARS: REPUBLIC COMMANDO, you and your squad mates are elite commandos of the Republic's clone forces. You have been chosen to lead your squad through three distinct but connected campaigns. You take on the varied and sometimes frightening forces of the trade federation, including Trandoshan Slavers, Battle Droids and Geonosian Warriors.

The game encourages teamwork and strategy. Even though your squad members are generally controlled by the computer, you must occasionally direct them to perform specific, tactical moves -- advising them to take a sniper position, set demolition charges or hack computer systems. In addition, if your character goes down, the game isn't quite over; the computer-controlled buddies can come over and attempt to protect you and then revive your character.

Is it any good?

Fans will be pleased with the relatively well-written storyline; however, they may be surprised to find the game lacks some Star Wars elements -- meaning no Jedi, no Force and no X-wings. Commanding the squad is typically as easy as pressing one button, and the game's artificial intelligence is surprisingly robust, with the computer's characters typically making smart decisions.

However, it is still a first-person shooter, and violent: Enemies killed up-close will splatter guts over your helmet, making it difficult to see. In a lot of ways, the gross violence zaps some of the Star Wars feel, which was never strictly about the battles. Star Wars: Republic Commando is fun to play, and the squad-based aspect adds an interesting approach, differentiating it from many other first-person shooters. Nonetheless, parents should be aware that the game's grittier and more graphic approach makes it unsuitable for younger players.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Star Wars franchise. How does the game help to promote interest in the upcoming film?

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