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Star Wars: Republic Commando (2021 Remake)

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Squad-based shooter barely enhanced in re-released remake.

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fun for all the famaly

great storyline educational values include : what happens in the background Lizards are evil and never say no to bacta

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Educational value
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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.

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