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Dec. 20 2006
Star Wars: Lethal Alliance - PSP Review
Release Date Distributor Publisher Developer
7/12/2006UbisoftUbisoftUbisoft Montreal
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Running around Tatooine.
We're pretty big Star Wars fans here at so when a new title gets released there's usually a mad scramble to claim it for review - fortunately as I run the site, I generally win! So here we are, the second Star Wars title to hit the Playstation Portable (the first being Star Wars Lego II). Can Ubisoft impress with their efforts? Read on...

Star Wars: Lethal Alliance actually takes place several months before the events of Episode IV. Princess Leia proposes a dangerous quest to secure the future of the Rebel Alliance. As the deadly duo Twi’lek Rianna Saren and her security droid, Zeeo, you must infiltrate Imperial-controlled planets, fight legions of evil fiends, and return with the plans for the most destructive weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star.

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The game has plenty of acrobatics.
Star Wars: Lethal Alliance is primarily a third person action title (although there are some first person moments when you mount gun turrents). In the game you control both Twi’lek Rianna Saren and her security droid Zeeo. One of the key elements to this game is that Rianna is a mercenary and not a Jedi which means she doesn't have a lightsaber, nor force powers, but she is highly athletic, and pretty capable with a blaster gun. The chemestry between the two is impressive, and the way they work together is also good. Rianna can send Zeeo flying towards enemies to knock them about before she blasts them away, use him as a shield, or order him to hack into imperial security systems and so on.

Locations in the game are varied and range from the Death Star to Tatooine, Coruscant to the Death Star, and never-before-seen locations on Despayre, Danuta and Alderaan. During your travels you'll come across characters such as Boba Fett, Kyle Katarn, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Imperial officers, Rodians, Quarren and a truckload of stormtroopers.

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Stabbing the Stormtrooper at close quarters.
Where this game falls down somewhat is the level design and enemy AI. There simply isn't enough variety in the missions as they feel rather generic and linear - clear a room of enemies, move to the next one, clear that, and move on. There's some rudamentary puzzle solving, but it's nothing to really challenge the grey matter. Enemies are also lacking some AI. Yes, they'll duck for cover but they'll also, at times, lack much movement at all. Also disappointing is the length of the game which is quite a bit shorter then we were anticipating. There are a couple of dozen missions, but many are over in well under 15 minutes.

Star Wars: Lethal Alliance isn't a graphical tour de force by any stretch of the imagination. The environments are sparsely populated with characters and objects and the textures a bit on the plain side at times. Having said that this is a "Star Wars" game with plenty of characters and similarities to the movies. The animation is a little rough in places, but it gets the job done. Certainly the most disappointing aspect is a lack of cut scenes. Prime example is the opening scene. You have the Star Wars logo, the scrolling text which lays out the story and then move into the cut scene - you get a single ship flying towards a planet for no more then 5 seconds and that's it. Quite disappointing.

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Cover Zeeo while he works on the terminal.
As with almost any Star Wars game the audio plays a major role in setting up the atmosphere, and this game is no exception. The game includes plenty of classic music, some great dialogue and plenty of blaster effects. There's little doubt that this is a Star Wars title through and through.

While not a perfect game by any stretch of the imagination both Star Wars and shooter fans alike will enjoy Star Wars: Lethal Alliance. Ubisoft have developed a competent shooter which fits into the Star Wars universe nicely - even if it doesn't elaborate on the storyline as much as we hoped.

Review By: Dave Warner

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GRAPHICSA bit plainer then we hoped for, and a lack of cut scenes hurts.
SOUNDYet another Star Wars game that sounds very impressive overall.
GAMEPLAYA little repetitive but there's certainl some fun to be had here.
VALUEWhile not the shortest game, you will be wishing there was more.
OVERALLStar Wars: Lethal Alliance is a solid title that just never pushes the gameplay to where it could have been. Still if you're up for action, and/or a Star Wars title this is a game worth considering.

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