Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
|When you buy a game entitled "Jedi Starfighter", you kind of expect to spend a hefty chunk of the game time flying a Jedi Starfighter. LucasArts apparently doesn't see it that way. Roughly half of your missions are spent in the Jedi Starfighter, while the other half are spent in the Advanced Havoc.
With that one annoying exception, though, this game is gold. The Jedi Starfighter is a quick, light ship, whereas the Havoc is a heavy, armored ship. Both have respectable firepower and are quite playable, though the force powers in the Jedi Starfighter are a real boon. Graphics are gorgeous, animation is smooth, controls are intuitive, cutscenes are well done and the missions advance the plot. Jedi Starfighter has the right stuff in all the right places. The plot of the game ties in to Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, but that neither adds nor detracts from the game.
Some nice extra features are the ability to "unlock" other ships, like the X-wing, and fly missions with them after you finish the game. Also, you can set the difficulty level before each mission, so you don't have to replay the whole game on "wimpy" just because you're stuck on one specific mission.
Jedi Starfighter left me wondering why all Star Wars games aren't like this. It stomps X Wing vs. Tie Fighter into the ground, spits on it, and walks away without another thought. If you like Space Combat Flight Sims and Star Wars, run, don't walk, to buy this one!