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Star Wars Obi-Wan Review
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Have you ever heard of a little movie called Star Wars: Phantom Menace? Of course you have. How would you like to play it? I don't mean pop it in the DVD player (although it's very nice of you to offer), I mean PLAY it. Be immersed in it and in control of it. Well, that's why the Xbox was invented.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan, the new game from LucasArts, places you in the shoes of young Obi-Wan himself as he makes an attempt to squelch the newly formed Trade Federation. The story closely follows the motion picture, Star Wars: Phantom Menace, including meetings with Qui-Gon Jinn, your Jedi Master (Liam Neeson), Princess Amidala (Natalie Portman), Yoda (Yoda), Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson), and a host of other characters and settings from the motion picture, including one very difficult and time consuming battle with Darth Maul.

As Obi-Wan (yes, you are Ewan McGregor), your only equipment is a light saber, a pair of binoculars, and the Force, but don't worry, that's all you'll need because that light saber has some tricks up its sleeve. Sure, it can slash through droids with grace and strength and it can deflect incoming laser fire back at the shooter, like you're taking batting practice. But did you know that you can throw it like a boomerang and guide it on its way to taking out 4 droids at once? Didn't think so. You see, that is one powerful light saber and you might think it complicated to control. Do not fear. The light saber is completely controlled by the right analog stick. That is its only purpose. This makes it remarkably intuitive and a joy to use because it eliminates hitting the wrong button altogether and adds a dimension of fluidity and natural control to the game.

In addition to your light saber, you also posses the Force. The Force allows you to jump a little higher, go into slo-mo (Matrix) mode, push droids and enemies back, and makes your saber attacks more powerful and intricate. Oh yeah, along the way, you'll also pick up various grenades and a sniper rifle or two.

In a nut shell, the game is divided into 5 chapters, each chapter containing various missions. You play your way through various cities, swamps, and space outposts, killing as many droids and assassins as you can, all the while figuring out how to get to where you need to go, culminating in a final battle with Darth Maul. The missions have been well thought out, and are challenging without being frustrating. In addition, each mission has 5 medals for your to earn, including light saber accuracy, time, and how well you use the Force. There is also a multiplayer mode, where you and a friend duel using any number of Jedis.

The environmental graphics are simply spectacular. As you look around, the game pulls you in with strikingly accurate water reflections, lush panoramic valleys, detailed and interactive cities, and the some of the best skies I have seen. The character graphics are a little cartoony, or maybe I should say, action-figurey. Obi-Wan looks and moves a little bit like you'd imagine a G.I. Joe to run. The light saber graphics, however, steal the show. It's as good as in the movies, and gives you that same rush.

I had more fun with this game than I have had with any game in a long time. You feel like you're part of George Lucas' world. Whether you're using the force to push enemies off of cliffs and into walls or deploying your light saber and returning some enemy fire, you'll love how this game looks, feels, and plays. May the Force be with you young Jedi.


FAQs/Sticking Points
General Tips
  • Don't forget about the "Y" button. It opens doors and activates switches.
  • Take on enemies one at a time, and try to kill as many as you can by deflecting their laser fire back at them.
  • When dueling, the opponent will often open up a soft spot if you block their attack. To block, pull down on your right analog control stick.
  • Check your objectives if you're lost.
  • If stuck, look for something that you can hop down to, jump up on, shimmy around, crawl under, or hang from. Or, feel free ask.
  • FAQs
    I'm on Chapter 3: Betrayal. Qui-Gon says "Quickly Obi-Wan. Deactivate main turret's targeting system and return to the hangar", but i don't know what to do to desactivate this thing. Where is it ? What do i need to do ?
    Simply slash the upper level computers with your saber.
    I'm on Chapter 3: Within the Palace. How do I kill the three warrior guys in the Queen's Throne Room?
    That's a tough suggestion is to try to work on them one at a time, if possible. Work on the guy with the sword first, as he damages you the greatest (as opposed to the guys with the clubs). Use your force to knock them over, as this buys you time to get them with your saber without being harmed yourself...and it slightly harms them. Try to keep them in the center so they don't kill your guy, but if they get near a wall, use your force to smash them against it.
    I'm stuck in the City Under Siege, I can't find a way into the palace.
    It seems the #1 place people are getting stuck is in the area surrounded by force fields with a fountain and stairs nearby. Most people aren't realizing they need to press "y" to open the door that is up the stairs.
    Cheat Code
    Unlock All Levels (Including Bonus Levels) Select the "New Game" option at the main menu. Enter GREYTHERAT as the saved game name.
    Unlock All Levels (Excluding Bonus Levels) Select the "New Game" option at the main menu. Enter M1A2U3L4!? as the saved game name.
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