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I'm Gaming Jay: Youtube gamer, let's player, retrogaming fan, and determined optimist... Join me in this series while I try out EVERY game in the book 1001 VIDEO GAMES YOU MUST PLAY BEFORE YOU DIE, before I die. The game review for each game will focus on the question of whether you MUST play this game before you die. But to be honest, the game review parts are just for fun, this series is more about the YouTube gamer journey. So let's play those classic retro games we grew up with, have fond memories of, or heard of but never got a chance to try! And with that said, the game review for today is...
Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
Developer(s) Factor 5, LucasArts
Genre(s) Action, Shooter
There have been countless Star Wars games that let you take the role of rebel pilots and take part in iconic space battles from the movies. Some games have been than others. But among all those games, Rogue Leader is considered one of the best.
Rogue Leader is a relatively short and simple game which sees you take on the role of famous Rogue Squadron pilots, such as Luke Skywalker, and fight your way through iconic battles from the film. The first level involves you attacking the first Death Star and ends in Luke's bombing run. After a filler level of a battle that never occurred in the movies you next appear on Hoth and get to harpoon and trip AT-AT walkers. I didn't get past the Hoth level but I've read that only a few more levels round out the game, and so as I say, this is a short game.
However, each battle is done quite well. The controls are pretty intuitive and the graphics are quite accurate and impressive. My only real complaint is that the battles felt oddly small. For example in the first level you are attacking the first Death Star, and while they do place gun turrets around the surface of the Death Star and have groups of TIE fighters attack you, for the most part you're relatively safe and by yourself, with few enemies even being visible most of the time. Hence, the battles feel a little quiet. It would've been more impressive if they had included many allied and enemy ships around you in constant battles, so you'd feel like you were more in the action.
My other issue with the game is that it was easy to get disoriented and hard to find enemies at times. You'll see this especially in my play through on the second level, but at one point there was only one or two enemies level alive and it was brutal to track them down. They kept flying around me and behind me, making it impossible to proceed. I don't know if this is a design flaw per se but it was a little annoying.
Despite my griping, I did like this game. I think it's a well done Star Wars shooter and given its short length a game that is worth trying out. If nothing else, the first level lets you play one of the most iconic space battles, so even if you don't pass it, it's still worth trying!
➙ Must You Play It?
One of the better Star Wars shooters out there. This is a short game that sees you play through the more iconic space battles from the movies. A game worth trying for any Star Wars fans out there!