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October 7, 2002
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
2/2/2003LucasArtsPandemic1-2$99.95

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The ground battles look great.
Star Wars is my all time favourite movie series. Why then, have I not previewed this title earlier? I have no idea but I have slapped myself silly as a result. It's not due to a lack of information, nor a lack of excitement. Indeed Star Wars: Clone Wars looks like one of the best Star Wars titles ever. While Star Wars: Bounty Hunter is set before the events of the Episode II movie, this game is set during the Clone Wars which we see the beginning of in the movie. The style is also very different as well. Star Wars: Bounty Hunter is more of an action adventure title while this game is more of a shooter with planes and tanks. So what's it about exactly...

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The evolution of the Walker?
Star Wars: Clone Wars starts where Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones ends. As Jedi Anakin Skywalker, Mace Windu or Obi-Wan Kenobi, you lead the Republic Army in the greatest battles of the epic Clone Wars. Your directive: to stop the Separatists from reassembling an ancient Sith weapon of mass annihilation. Star Wars: Clone Wars includes just over 16 single player missions and several multi-player modes as well. The game allows you to engage over 30 unique combat units as you wage war across six worlds in the galaxy's most unforgettable conflict.

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2-Player split screen should be great.
The gameplay in Star Wars: Clone Wars is primarily ground based, as opposed to space based. The Republic Gunship is the only aircraft in the game and it's more of an attack helicopter. There's also more variety in the types of vehicles that can be piloted which includes speeder bike, fighter tank, assault walker and even a maru. Each vehicle feels and handles very differently than the other vehicles in the game, which should add some variety to the game. One of the most interesting things is that at times (approximately 5-10% of the game) you will be able to exit the vehicles and run around within the levels for some hand-hand combat as shown in the picture below. Sadly, there will be no Yoda/Count Dooku fight as seen in the movie as Yoda only appears in some of the cut scenes.

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Targeting the enemy.
When it comes to multi-player this game has it all. Below are the game modes this game has it all as well as a brief description of their purpose in the game.
Team-based strategy - This is Conquest, our team based game. Two teams try to knock out each other's HQ. In between the two HQ's are several neutral outposts. Whenever an outpost is captured, it will build defensive turrets and AI units for that team. That team can then direct those units to attack the other team.
Deathmatch - Standard deathmatch type of game where the players get to choose their vehicles and slug it out with each other for the maximum number of kills.
King-of-the-hill - A variation of deathmatch where points are also earned by maintaining control of a portion of the map.
Co-op endurance - This is Jedi Academy, which is a cooperative game. 2-4 players fight against waves of AI enemies to gain the highest score. This mode is inspired by old-school shooters such as Galaxian and Space Invaders.

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Getting out for some hand combat.
Graphically Star Wars: Clone Wars looks hot. The levels are full of troopers, tanks and explosions while the gameplay is fast and frantic. We can expect the music and sound effects to also remain faithful to the movies and Star Wars univers. As with many other LucasArts games, although this game is being developed by Pandemic, there are many bonuses to be unlocked. These include a 3D gallery of the vehicles from the game, interviews with the development team, a making-of video and concept art from the game.

Star Wars: Clone Wars is shaping up quite nicely indeed. The graphics look wonderful, and LucasArts certainly know how to create an action based game. Star Wars: Starfighter and Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter were both tremendous fun and this game looks set to surpass both of them in terms of excitement.