Star Wars: Republic Commando (2021 Remake)
By Paul Semel,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Squad-based shooter barely enhanced in re-released remake.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Working together is sometimes better than going it alone, especially when you're trying to save the galaxy.
Positive Role Models
Players and their co-workers have to work together to complete tasks and finish their missions, with ultimate objective being to win -- and thus end -- the war that has engulfed the galaxy (or so they think).
Ease of Play
Controls will be somewhat familiar to players of similarly older shooters, but fans of newer ones may need time to adjust. Multiple difficulty options.
Violence & Scariness
Players use guns, wrist-mounted blades, and grenades to kill numerous aliens and droids. When killing aliens, their deaths result in a bit of bloodshed, some of which can splatter on the player's helmet's face shield.
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Products & Purchases
Part of the Star Wars franchise, which not only includes other games, but movies, TV shows, books (including ones connected to this game), other items. Collector's edition available, which includes a reversible poster, art cards, an enamel pin, a commemorative metal coin, and a certificate of authenticity. This is also a remake of a 2005 release.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Star Wars: Republic Commando is an action/adventure game for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game is a remake of a 2005 first-person shooter. Using a variety of guns, as well as grenades and a wrist-mounted blade, players get into fights with droids and aliens. Killing aliens results in bloodshed that often splatters on the face shield of a player's helmet. Otherwise, though, there's no other objectionable content. Commercially speaking, the game is -- of course -- connected to the Star Wars franchise, which includes movies, TV shows, games, books (including some based on this game), and more. There's also a special edition version of the game for sale, which includes art cards, an enamel pin, a reversible poster, a commemorative metal coin, and a certificate of authenticity.
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What’s It About?
Set between the end of Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones and the final battle in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, STAR WARS: REPUBLIC COMMANDO is a sci-fi first-person shooter in which you're the leader of a command squad of clone troopers who are sent on a variety of combat missions during the Clone Wars. Each member of your team can be directed to perform tasks, such as destroying targets or opening locked doors, allowing you to make progress in your mission goals. Starting with the Battle of Geonosis, players fight in a series of dangerous missions, ultimately ending by linking up with Yoda during the iconic battle on the Wookiee home world of Kashyyyk.
Is It Any Good?
This sci-fi shooter doesn't follow the rule of "the more you update a game, the better a modern remake will be" as much as it should. In Star Wars: Republic Commando, you're a clone trooper during the Clone Wars who leads an elite squad of commandos on missions set between the end of Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones and the end of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Armed with blasters, grenades, and wrist-mounted blades, you have to take out numerous droids as well as some unfriendly aliens. Since this is a squad-based shooter, not only do you have to shoot enemies yourself, you also tell your squad mates what to do, which can include "plant an explosive on that ship" or "unlock that door," or "help me, I've fallen and I can't get up."
While this was a top-notch first-person shooter when it came out in 2005, this remake hasn't been updated nearly enough. Though the graphics are now in HD, they otherwise look the same, while the sound effects sound as rough as they did back in the day. Similarly, while the movement controls work better, the buttons haven't been reconfigured to modern standards, which means you can't look down the barrel of your blaster for added accuracy, or use any kind of aim assistance. The result is that the gameplay puts this somewhere between the occasionally clunky play of the Resident Evil remake and the spectacular update of Resident Evil 2. Well, unless you prefer your games to be strictly old-school. In that case, Star Wars: Republic Commando will bring you back to that far, far away galaxy a long time ago.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Star Wars: Republic Commando affected by the fact that you're killing aliens and droids? Would the impact be intensified if you were fighting humans instead?
In Star Wars: Republic Commando, you lead a commando squad to complete their missions. What does this teach you about working together with members of a team? What does it teach you about being a good leader as well as being someone that's good at being led?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Aspyr
- Release date: April 5, 2021
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- Topics: Adventures, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: T for Blood and Gore, Violence
- Last updated: October 15, 2021
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