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This time we look at the FPS cult classic Star Wars: Republic Commando. Find out why you should replay this game in 2020.
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2005 was one heck of a year for Star Wars, seeing the release of Revenge of the Sith and a heck of a lot of iconic games. In my humble opinion, the best of the bunch is Star Wars: Republic Commando, the closest we’ll get to a narrative-driven war game set in the Star Wars universe.
Putting you in the role of clone leader of the elite Delta Squad, you follow the journey from your birth in the labs of Kamino, to your training and eventual missions with your clone brothers.
These brothers happen to be some of the most fleshed out characters we’ve seen from the Clone Wars period. As Clone Trooper RC-1138 (AKA Boss), you’re the stoic leader with a level head. Scorch is the cheeky explosive expert who’s as fast with his quips as he is with a rifle. Fixer is your hacker, a true jarhead who’s as loyal as he is fearless. Sev is a sniper who takes pleasure in racking up kills, but who you can always trust to get the job done. Each has their own character traits, and you’ll spend an even amount of time with each, allowing you to become fully acquainted with each member of your squad.
And this connection goes beyond mere narrative attachment. Republic Commando employs some pretty impressive team AI, and you’ll be responsible for giving them orders. From getting them to set explosives, hack doors or replenish their health, they’ll do as you command. It all adds to the realism; the sense that you’re a real outfit in the heat of battle.
This realism extends further than just your military operation. Republic Commando offers a fairly nuanced case study on the psychological strain of warfare. Even clones bred for battle for battle show both mental and physical scars, and while you’ll start the war brimming with idealism, eventually you’re fighting for your brothers as much as for the Republic. And while the ineffectiveness of Battle Droids is commonly the butt of jokes in Star Wars, they’ve never been more threatening as they are in Republic Commando.
As a Clone Trooper, you won’t be mowing your enemy down with a Lightsaber, instead you’ll have to duck and cover your way to victory like you would in any Call of Duty or Battlefield game.
When it comes to story, character design and gameplay, Republic Commando is a Star Wars FPS head and shoulders above the rest. It’s a dark, gritty take on a world that oftentimes feels more magical than grounded, and following the tale of a disposable grunt is something very rarely explored in the universe.
Plus Clones by Ash plays during the end credits, and that’s a certified banger. Fun fact: It was the first use of a licensed song in a Star Wars soundtrack by LucasArts. The more you know!
And that’s a wrap on this edition of the best Star Wars video games ever. Do you have fond memories of Republic Commando? Please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read them. In the meantime, if you enjoyed this video, please hit subscribe as there’ll be plenty more all about the best Star Wars games coming very soon.
My name has been Tom, and may the force be with you!
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