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Star Wars: Republic Commando Review
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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Star Wars: Republic Commando is a shooting game set in the Star Wars universe, where you complete missions as part of an elite squad of Clones. Still regarded as one of the best Star Wars games over 16 years after its initial release, its fast-paced action and deep array of weapons make it a fresh challenge for fans of the sci-fi genre and shooting games.

Additionally, its unique place among Star Wars games, eschewing traditional tropes such as lightsabers and space battles for more realistic and militaristic war scenarios, make it stand out from the crowd. A remastered version, sporting updated visuals and controls, launched for the Switch and Playstation on the 6th of April 2021.

You play RC-1138, "Boss", the leader of Delta Squad, an elite squad of genetically altered clone troopers, during the height of the Clone Wars (between Star Wars: Episode II and Episode III). You travel from planet to planet, on various missions, assassinations and investigations.

You shoot mechanical enemies using the wide array of weapons at your disposal, and direct your computer-controlled team members to perform various tasks, from "slicing" (the Star Wars version of hacking) to taking up a suitable sniping position.

The game's varied environments mean your tactics must respond. For example, while in one place you may need a patient approach, another location may require a more direct attack. The rest of your team, RC-1162 (Scorcher), 1140 (Fixer) and 1107 (Sev) all have unique specialities that you'll need to use to succeed, and some missions will require you to split up.

Its unique place among Star Wars games, as well as its focus on strategy and tactics, make it an unusual offering. It's a fun and rewarding challenge for both Star Wars fans and players alike.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 28/02/2005, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Aspyr Media (@AspyrMedia)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 6 hours and 12 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game. While there used to be a multiplayer experience offered via servers in the game, these have since shut down, and the remaster is a single-player only experience. That said, there are still private servers that offer multiplayer on PC, although these are not supported officially.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Violence and Bad Language.

AccessibilityAccessibility

There are three difficulty levels that the game offers: Easy, Medium and Hard, which increase the health of enemies and ups the general difficulty of the game. Hard difficulty is a big challenge even for veteran players, so there is a challenging for everyone. In the options, you can choose whether the game helps you aim and manoeuvre.

Aside from menus and subtitles, the only text in the game is on your HUD. It is largely translucent and often does not contrast particularly well with the background, and can often get lost in the action, making it quite difficult to read at times. It is, however, quite large. The subtitles themselves are of a similar size but likewise can get lost in the background.

On consoles, you can change buttons to select presets, but on PC, you are free to change the controls to whatever you wish.

The game, like most from its era, does not use a particularly vibrant set of colours or contrast particularly well, with many parts of the game appearing washed out and bland. While you can adjust the overall brightness of the game, this does not completely remedy the issue. Many times, the screen will shake and flash, and the screen may be momentarily be covered with gore from aliens, but, like rain, will be wiped away by a laser that crosses your HUD, which takes up the entire screen to replicate the look of being inside a Clone Trooper helmet. While the gore and subsequent laser are over your HUD, your vision will be temporarily restricted. Many aspects of the HUD can be toggled on and off.
 
Our Star Wars: Republic Commando Accessibility Report documents 27 accessibility features:

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