Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
Genre Action -> Adventure
Today's Rank 4977
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North America Retail Box ArtIn this 3D action game based on the epic Star Wars prequel, you get to jump into the story and play an active role in the liberation of the besieged planet of Naboo. The Phantom Menace closely follows the plot from the film (and will give it away if you haven't yet seen the movie) and includes all of the major conflicts, conversations, and events you saw on the big screen. In addition, the game adds a number of transitional scenes and challenges to help flesh out the plot a bit. In each major segment of the story, you will control of a different character: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Queen Amidala, and Captain Panaka (the queen's loyal captain of the guards).The game is played from a third-person perspective, similar to Tomb Raider and Heretic II. Basic gameplay is reminiscent of these games as well, so you'll find yourself facing a number of agility and reflex puzzles as you make your way through the game. (In other words, expect to do a lot of jumping, rolling, and running.) And of course, you'll also have to fight your way past hordes of evil battle droids. The graphics are impressive, as are the sound effects, music, and voice acting. Overall, LucasArts did a fine job of re-creating the look and feel of the movie with this game. The gameplay may not appeal to every action gamer out there (this is not a Quake clone by any stretch), but it could be a blast for Star Wars fans and any player who enjoys a Tomb Raider-style gaming experience. Now if only you could turn that lightsaber on Jar-Jar Binks.... --Mike Ryan
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